See Now, Buy Now: You Need the Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots for Early Spring

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The classic chukka boots you need for spring — ASAP.

There’s one pair of the best men’s chukka boots you need on your feet this early spring (and beyond), and that pair is the Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots, my friends. We’ve talked in the past here on the blog about Astorflex and how the brand makes some of the very best chukka boots — and other silhouettes — that you can buy, so it’s worth revisiting this Huckberry-sold brand as we move into early spring. There’s something to be said for a pair of footwear that stands the test of time in terms of durability and style, and the chukka boot design is in good hands when it comes to the Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots. The silhouette is one that’s held on over time — to say the least — worn by everyone from Steve McQueen to Daniel Craig … to you, right here and right now in the present day.

SHOP: The Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots

But one of many color options you need in your rotation when it comes to the best men’s chukka boots.

There’s really so much to love about the Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots, from the use of all-natural ingredients and eco-friendly construction to the quality build. The soft European leather is naturally treated for a smooth, durable finish, while the crepe rubber sole is surprisingly sturdy and hard-wearing. Seriously, I’ve had a pair of the Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots for more than two years, and through concerts by The National  and regular days on the job, they’ve more than held up. Plus, the Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots come in a multitude of colors fit for early spring, from Stone to Sand to Dark Khaki. Each would wear admirably with a host of spring style essentials, from slim light wash denim and a short-sleeve henley to grey chinos and a white Oxford.

And per usual, the Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots can work at the office (try them with a navy blazer, a classic blue chambray shirt & tan chinos) or at your local brewpub (with a slub grey tee and rolled black denim). Name one other pair of boots that can do all that for $150? One last time, you need these chukka boots in your life — and on your feet — this spring.

SHOP: The Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots

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See Now, Buy Now: Astorflex Is Making Your New Pair of Fall Chukka Boots

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Sleek leather chukka boots crafted for durability and style all season.

We talk a lot about stylish leather boots here on The Style Guide. Specifically, we’ve talked a lot about rugged, stylish Astorflex footwear this fall season. The Astorflex brand can do it all, from classic suede chukka boots to Chelsea boots and lace-up boots, and they craft products with quality and sustainability in mind. And now, Astorflex  has definitely done it again — meet your new favorite pair of leather chukka boots. That’s certainly high praise, but stick with me for a second. The all-new, Huckberry-exclusive  Astorflex Greenflex Leather Chukka Boots are where it’s at this season — to put it simply.  You might already be familiar with the Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boot in its original iteration — finished with stylish and sustainable suede. But the Greenflex Leather Chukka Boots from Astorflex up the ante considerably, starting with durable tan leather that’ll pair up nicely with fall favorites ranging from slim blue denim to grey corduroys or olive chinos. Yes, that’s right — they can work with #menswear combinations aplenty (including charcoal trousers like the Flint and Tinder 365 Pant as seen above).

That wearability starts with the premium construction of these stylish men’s boots, because you can’t rock leather chukka boots for days on end without a sturdy build. And the leather sole and stacked leather heel guarantee tough durability. Using soft European leather and the sort of handmade construction you can only find in northern Italy also guarantees great quality.  Yes indeed, the Astorflex Greenflex Leather Chukka Boots check all the boxes when it comes to a go-anywhere pair of durable leather boots. Feel free to wear these now with broken-in blue denim and a striped henley on the weekends, then keep them handy as you dress for fall travel or even a day at the office. The slim profile and handsome tan leather of the Astorflex Greenflex Leather Chukka Boots will team nicely with navy or light grey wool trousers and a navy blazer — plus an American-made Oxford — for meetings, presentations and drinks after work. Given all of those possibilities, how are you ever going to take the Astorflex Greenflex Leather Chukka Boots off? I’m not quite sure , to be honest.

Will the Astorflex Greenflex Leather Chukka Boots be joining your ever-growing footwear collection this fall? 

Style Pick of the Week: Hudson Shoes Lewiston Chukka

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The handsome pair of chukka boots to get you ready for fall.

Alright, Style Guide readers. I’ve got good news and … more good news. The good news is that you’re really going to like today’s Style Pick of the Week. The better news is that we’re one week closer to everyone’s favorite #menswear season — fall. OK, maybe jumping the gun a bit (or a lot). And yet, it pays to be prepared when it comes to the best men’s gear for the season — right? So, let me introduce you to the Hudson Shoes Lewiston Chukka. Yes indeed, the Lewiston Chukka is a heck of a pair of chukka boots to put on your shopping list for fall. Heck, they can help you step into any situation in style, at any point in the year. Seriously. A classic pair of men’s chukka boots can work wonders with the simplest outfits. A stylish Oxford shirt and slim dark denim? Throw on leather chukka boots. Slim grey denim, a henley and a blue denim jacket? Lace up the Hudson Shoes Lewiston Chukka. A herringbone blazer and navy chinos when the fall rolls around? The Lewiston Chukka is your best bet. And the best part is, you can get ’em for a nice deal through Bespoke Post. The cognac leather upper is all style, while the leather lining is all comfort. And the rubber sole is made for navigating tougher terrain than your average pair of dress shoes. That’s really not all the Lewiston Chukka offers, truly.

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A closer look at the sleek profile of the Hudson Shoes Lewiston Chukka.

In addition to the solid price for a pair of year-round chukka boots, you’re getting neat design by way of Britain. Like the Crockett & Jones chukka boots that James Bond wears so well in “Skyfall,” the rubber sole on the Lewiston Chukka adds a bit of durability and traction in the rain and on other slippery fall surfaces. Again, just because it’s August doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look ahead. To wit: The Lewiston Chukka is going to sit just right under grey flannel trousers and a navy topcoat on a blustery day, and you can even wear ’em to the office and then to happy hour after without needing to switch them out.  That’s what I’m talking about, folks. All of that means you should give the Lewiston Chukka a serious shot now –and later in the fall season. Oh, and the custom stitching means you’re getting something no other shoe brand can bring to the table; well-done, Hudson Shoes. So, what do we think of the Hudson Shoes Lewiston Chukka? Are we ready for fall? Rest assured, we’ll be talking more in the months to come about the best men’s boots for fall and beyond — and you can expect the Lewiston Chukka to make that list.

Hey — stay stylish!

-Beau

The Product Review: Thursday Boot Company Suede Scout Chukka

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These boots were made for ... reflecting? Going in-depth with the Chocolate Suede Scout Chukka from Thursday Boots. Custom suit trousers by Combatant Gentleman. Turtleneck by UNIQLO. Glasses by Warby Parker. Charcoal socks by American Trench.

These boots were made for … reflecting? Going in-depth with the Chocolate Suede Scout Chukka from Thursday Boots. Custom suit trousers by Combatant Gentleman. Turtleneck by UNIQLO. Glasses by Warby Parker. Charcoal socks by American Trench.

Curiously enough, this review hits just before Christmas and yet across large swaths of the country, it’s been unseasonably warm — these are still fair game as a last-minute gift, though. Now when it takes as long for winter to start as it has this year, it can be somewhat easy to get into a style rut. The weather’s not heavy enough for thick winter boots, yet you might be a bit sick of wearing sneakers. So what’s a good intermediary between these two extremes? As you may have read before on this site, it’s the chukka boot. It’s swifter and sleeker than a winter boot but it’s a little less cleaned-up than a Chelsea boot, so it can wear both more casual or a tad dressier for the late fall and into early winter and beyond. Crafted in rich suede like the option you see here from Thursday Boots, it’s the perfect go-to for when it’s time to change your footwear without going into full-on thick boot territory. There sometimes can be a tendency to skimp a bit on quality when it comes to a shoe like this (after all, brands like H&M sell chukkas for lots less), particularly if a suede chukka isn’t your go-to everyday footwear option. It’s wise to shell out  more though — with Thursday, you’re getting both a fair price and a really solid chukka boot.

You might recognize the Chocolate Suede Scout Boot from a recent Style Pick of the Week, and it’s been in solid rotation over these past few weeks (which, coincidentally, have remained quite warm in NYC), thanks to its quality and looks. Thursday Boots, if you’re unacquainted, has made a name for itself in the men’s footwear market through a fall 2014 Kickstarter launch that positively blew up, as the investors might say — and their recent product additions have proven nothing short of eyecatching. That goes for the brand’s chukka boots, as well as its superb-looking Chelsea boots and some tough hiking boots. Those are on top of its more premium and higher-priced Black Label Collection featuring rare leathers, and its Captain Boot silhouette (of which the Roughout Captain Boot as seen on this blog was a part).

A look at the versatility of the Chocolate Suede Scout Boot (more on that in a bit). Dark denim by Mott & Bow. Baseball jacket by Grayers. Gloves by Iron & Resin. Henley by Pistol Lake. Vintage ballcap by Goorin Brothers. Watch by Invicta.

A look at the versatility of the Chocolate Suede Scout Boot (more on that in a bit). Dark denim by Mott & Bow. Baseball jacket by Grayers. Gloves by Iron & Resin. Henley by Pistol Lake. Vintage ballcap by Goorin Brothers. Watch by Invicta.

So for all the range the brand has, it’s a good thing the quality doesn’t suffer, at least to this style writer’s eye. The Chocolate Suede Scout in particular features a Goodyear welt that doesn’t have any noticeable imperfections or issues in terms of the stitching. And while that’s a selling point, perhaps the first thing you notice is the quality of the suede — it’s smooth and soft, unlike a more casual Clarks boot, which sometimes has a rougher feel and a more noticeable nap. That smoothness makes these Thursday chukkas quite easy to dress up — even with suit trousers and a turtleneck. The premium round wax laces are also trimmer and sleeker than laces on some other suede chukkas, helping with that elevated feel (it helps that the laces are the same color as the suede itself).

The boot hits higher on the ankle, a refined touch that stands out --in a good way. Fair Isle socks by American Trench. Baseball jacket by Grayers. Dark denim by Mott & Bow. Watch by Invicta.

The boot hits higher on the ankle, a refined touch that stands out –in a good way. Fair Isle socks by American Trench. Baseball jacket by Grayers. Dark denim by Mott & Bow. Watch by Invicta.

Another noticeable and rather defining feature of these chukkas is the height of the boot itself. Whereas some chukka boots like Clarks hit a little lower on your heel, these extend ever so slightly higher on the ankle — just slightly below the height of an ASOS suede Chelsea boot, for reference. That difference might seem subtle, but when combined with the brown suede and full glove Italian leather lining, it lends a continental feel to these boots (exhibit A: James Bond rocking brown suede chukka boots). So given that bit of contrast, it felt right to pair them with a dressier ensemble for Thanksgiving, and yet they also paired perfectly well with a more casual henley-and-denim ensemble for exploring Washington, D.C.. I’ve gone so far as to pair them with an elbow-patch cardigan and navy chinos, as you can see here.

The suede has held up well over time, so there should be plenty more adventures to come. Dark denim by Mott & Bow. Weekender bag by Navali. Leather luggage tag by Owen & Fred.

The slim profile of this pair makes them highly versatile, fit for adventures on the road ahead. Dark denim by Mott & Bow.  Weekender bag by Navali. Leather luggage tag by Owen & Fred.

On top of versatility, the comfort of these boots is absolutely a big selling point, too. Some have had issues with the quality of Thursday Boots or the comfort, but I’ve experienced no such problems. The studded rubber outsole has provided good, noticeably solid traction for getting around NYC on the weekdays and weekends, and the heel hasn’t worn down despite the miles I’ve put on them. It’s a comfortable walking experience from toe to heel, and one would think the full glove leather lining plays a large part in that. Everyone’s footwear experience is different, to be sure, but I also found that a size 10 runs true to size on my feet. That works out well given that the toe shape of these shoes leans much slimmer than your average chukka boot. Again though, that’s another feature that makes them dressy and wearable in a variety of situations.

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Crucially too, the quality of the suede has held up quite well. I certainly don’t baby my shoes, although I do use a suede brush and waterproof spray (I’d recommend you do the same, and Thursday Boots has you covered with a boot brush on its site). They do have a few scuff marks, but nothing outrageous given how I’ve been wearing them — and there were no issues as far as suede quality right out of the box, either. It really was one shoe that I couldn’t wait to start wearing, and I’ve been happy to get the chance to continue wearing them this winter. It’s worth you looking into them — brown suede chukka boots can be worn right now with dark raw denim or burgundy cords, and you can wear them into the spring and summer with white denim and light blue chinos. A pair like this can dressy, too — charcoal flannel trousers and a nice elbow-patch crewneck would blend in seamlessly with this continental style, and you could mix in some high-low style with navy cargo trousers and a grey crewneck sweater.  And with the quality they pack, you could find yourself reaching for them again and again.

Do you own the Chocolate Suede Scout or any other pairs of Thursday Boots? What’s your experience been like, and how would you style them?
Ben Sherman US