How To Buy Chukka Boots Men's Chukkas BootGuide How To Wear & Style Chukka Footwear [0:00:00] Hi! I'm Antonio Centeno.
I'm the founder of Real Men Real Style.
Today, I'm going to be speaking with you aboutthe chukka boot.
I'm going to be talking about the history.
I'm going to talk about the features thathelp you identify a chukka boot when you're out there shopping, and I'm going to talkabout how to wear a chukka boot, how to fit it into your wardrobe.
Now, before I get into this, I want to thankPaul Evans.
Paul Evans sent me a pair of chukkas, whichI've been wearing, and I can tell you that this is a company that really pays attentionto the detail.
On this chukka boot, we've got a beautifulhandcrafted calf leather right here on the upper.
It's been blake stitched.
It's got a leather sole, handmade in Italy, all the classics, very well-made.
I've been wearing these shoes now for a coupleof weeks.
I'm very impressed with the build, so go checkout Paul Evans.
I'm going to talk about them and I'm goingto show images in the support article, but I can tell you the prices that these guysare charging — well, I've talked with the founders about this.
I think that they're undercharging and thatyou guys should go check them out before they decide to raise their prices because really, this stuff right here — and this company has been around for almost two years.
They're still trying to make their way andget the brand known out there.
I can see these guys knocking the price upbecause the quality is second to none, so go check them out, Paul Evans.
We're going to talk about the history.
Chukka, it's not “chooka”.
It's a rugby term and that helps understand– it's important to understand it because it actually has a British history, a British-NorthAfrican history.
The story is that we had troops deployed duringWorld War II into North Africa.
They show up.
They've got their regular combat boots.
Now, they had come out of England.
Let's just say those boots that they had maybewere for cold weather, mud, maybe for trudging, going through France and that kind of stuff, but they were not made for the North African deserts.
They had sand issues and it was really irritatingtheir feet.
Apparently, some of the guys went over tocobblers right there in Cairo and they said, “This is what we want.
We want something that's going to fit closerto the ankle.
It's not going to allow sand in.
It's going to be lightweight so that we canmove through this environment, ” and that's where the chukka came from.
First thing, let's talk about the height ofthe chukka.
It's not going to be as high.
We're going to see it's going to come up rightand cover the ankle.
It's not going to go higher above that.
In addition, it's made to fit closer aroundthe ankle so sand doesn’t get up in there.
The original material on the upper, we wouldsee leather because leather was pretty common at that time, but we would also see suedeand variations of leather.
Now, the sole, rubber has become a lot morecommon.
And if you think about for a boot in durabilityand being able to bounce around, that's going to be in the more casual chukkas, but leathersoles are common as well especially in dress chukkas.
Now, the front part, very simple.
We're not really going to see any type ofembroidery, any type of cap toes.
You will see that occasionally, but I'm goingto say it's overall a pretty casual look.
You could notice how right here, we've gotthe attachment on the upper slap right on here.
We've got one to two eyelets.
You'll occasionally see three eyelets.
If you start to see five to six eyelets, that'sprobably more of a boot than it is a chukka.
Also, the heel, usually chukkas are goingto have shorter heels.
These weren't really for riding a horse wherewe see a lot of other boots come out of.
These are more for trudging through sand, for going on movements, and that focuses on — it really helps you understand the historyof the chukka.
We've talked about the history.
We've talked about the build and how thatgoes into it.
Now, let's start to talk about how do youwear these.
The ones I just showed you made from leatherwith the leather upper, leather lower, in a dark brown, you're going to see them inblack, maybe oxblood, those are going to look great with a sports jacket, odd trousers, with khakis, with gray flannel trouser, they're really going to look nice, but the great thingabout that is you could still wear these leathers with a dark pair of well-fitted jeans.
What does it tell you about the chukka? Incredibly versatile.
This is not going to be something though thatyou're going to want to wear with a suit.
You could pull it off with a suit.
I think the reason you can do that especiallyif you have a plain lower is that this would be covered — if you're wearing these — let'ssay you have a black pair or you're wearing this with a navy and you're wearing it withthe browns, you could probably pull this off in the United States especially maybe in smallertowns.
However, if you're in a larger city like NewYork or London, I'm going to recommend you don’t do that.
A lot of that plays to the casual nature ofthe chukka.
Now, we've also talked about suede.
You're going to see chukkas in gray suede, tan, and tan was the original color of the boot.
So when you see something like that, that'sgoing to be more casual.
It's going to be harder to wear with dressslacks or anything like that, but it's going to be perfect for jeans especially if youdecide to go with lighter color jeans or jeans that are a little bit distressed.
You could still pull off a pair of chukkaswith them.
[0:05:00] All right, guys, what do you think? Let me know in the comments down below hereon YouTube and go check out Paul Evans.
I've created an entire article — I thinkwell over a thousand words.
I go into a lot more detail about the chukkaboot with tons of images.
Go check it out.
It's going to be over at Real Men Real Style.
I'll see you in the next video.
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