12 of the best chukka boots for middle aged men
As a fashion enthusiast, I welcome the start of fall as a time to push t-shirts and shorts deep into the wardrobe and familiarize myself with some of my more rugged sartorial favorites, at the top of the list being the chukka boots.
Suede and nubuck have always been my favorite chukka material; they help soften the edges of this utility basic at ankle height. J Crew’s unisex MacAlister and Russell & Bromley’s Jermyn (beige suede is best) would be my first choice for a traditional chukka.
Desert Boots have the same shape, but have thicker, spongier crepe soles. Nathan Clark, the great-grandson of the shoe store’s founder, came up with the idea in 1947 after serving in Burma alongside comfortably shod South Africans and it is still, and rightly, considered final. I would say every man should own at least one pair of Clark’s Originals desert boots; they come in a wide variety of skins and colors.
Chukka / sneaker hybrids are the way to go if you are looking for comfort. Timberland’s new TrueCloud EK + is the perfect example; a chukka made from naturally sourced wool, both light on the feet and respectful of the planet. The Nelson boot from Barbour and the Cleon chukka boot from Paul Smith are also worth considering.
If you want to stick to the “rules” a chukka should only have two or three carnations on each side, but let’s face it, the rules exist to be broken. The Yogi x Hikerdelic platform sole chukka, in turmeric or olive suede, has seven fasteners on each side. But it’s too good to jump to be a purist.