#OOTD: How to Wear Chukka Boots For Summer — The Best Way

I know what you might be thinking right off the bat: Chukka boots? Isn’t it time to put those away already? Well … maybe. Not quite. No, in fact, you can still wear your favorite chukka boots this summer — the trick comes with choosing a lightweight pair of chukka boots, then styling ’em up with laidback summer style essentials that won’t slow you down. Even if you’re just hunkered down at home, as we all seem to be these days, the best chukka boots for men can still be put to good use. How so? And when? Well, first of all: You’ll find these Astorflex chukka boots have been paired with, among other crucial summer style staples, a Buck Mason henley for breezy, easygoing summer style. So, there’s that. And as to when you can wear the best suede chukka boots … I’d say anytime you darn well please, from flipping burgers on the grill to kicking back with a beer in hand (don’t worry, we’ve got your new growler included in today’s ensemble, as it were). Various other pieces are here to put in a solid effort, too — take a rugged indigo work shirt as your ideal summer evening layer, for starters. This #OOTD also features some style hacks you can put to good use when the time does come to get back out in public. Note the layering of said henley under a denim workshirt, and the subsequent denim-on-denim combination. I’ve probably said too much already, though — you should check out this stylish summer ensemble yourself below.

Classic suede chukka boots to wear all summer — yes, that’s right.

 

  • The Chukka Boots: Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots, $104.98 — As mentioned above, you can certainly still wear some of the best men’s chukka boots into June and beyond — naturally, Huckberry delivers some of the best chukka boots on the market, made with lightweight construction and smooth suede.
  • The Henley: Buck Mason Pima Short-Sleeve Curved Hem Henley, $48 — Yes, we’re back once again with a Buck Mason henley, and it’s the right base layer for this breezy outfit. In fact, it’s one of the best short-sleeve henleys for summer, available at a quality price.
  • The Workshirt: Flint and Tinder Indigo Work Shirt, $82.98 — Here’s the thing with day-to-night style this summer — it can go from sweltering to breezy once the sun goes down, and even if your only plans involve kicking back on the porch, beer in hand, a rugged indigo work shirt from Flint and Tinder still gets the job done.
  • The Denim: Buck Mason Maverick Slim Jeans, $145 — When you get sick of sweatshorts this spring and summer, step out in some stylish slim jeans in a pleasing medium wash. Buck Mason makes some of the best men’s jeans to complement outfits like this, and that’s applause-worthy in my book. Oh, and don’t worry — these jeans still work with your rugged indigo work shirt, given the different colors. Roll ’em up and show off some ankle.
  •  The Stylish Dive Watch: About Vintage 1926 At’sea, $375 — Now, look — if you don’t want to go too overboard, you might not need this vintage-style dive watch. But if you want to shake up your at-home look while hanging out, listening to a record, manning the grill … throw on this classic dive watch.
  • The Audio Essential: U-Turn Audio Orbit Special w/ Preamp, $549 — Maybe you’re less of a vinyl records guy than a Bluetooth speaker type of guy — but if putting on one of your favorite records, beer or whiskey in hand, is a pastime, then this U-Turn Audio Orbit Special is one of the coolest record players to add to your home or apartment.
  • The Summer Must-Have: GrowlerWerks uKeg Copper Growler (128oz.), $239 — What goes better with a summer afternoon or evening than a cold beer (if that’s your thing)? There’s not much. It’s good news, then, that this rugged growler from GrowlerWerks looks great in your kitchen, in your den or on your back porch. Plus, it’s got plenty of capacity for your new favorite summer beer.
  • The Grooming Essential: Jack Henry Cleanse+, $16 — When you want to refresh your skin after a long summer day, or prepare for getting outside, you want something light, clarifying and of course, cleansing. Enter this face cleanser from Jack Henry.

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Now, if you’d rather wear your favorite summer sneakers instead of rugged chukka boots in this case, I say go for it — the world is your oyster, as it were. But if you want to shake up your at-home style routine, you can go with no cooler combination than laidback suede chukka boots that build up into stylish summer basics. And that list of basics? It’s pretty great, in my mind. We work from the ground up with the best men’s jeans, a casually easygoing pair in a nice wash that won’t weigh you down as much as a heavy pair of raw selvedge denim might. From there, you’re going to be throwing on one of the best short-sleeve henleys for summer, a base layer that you can easily rock on its own, should you choose. In case you need some protection from the sun, or if you happen to need a light layer when the sun goes down, that’s where your rugged indigo work shirt enters the fold. The Jack Henry Cleanse+ shown above will keep your face fresh and in good shape, while a vintage-style dive watch will undoubtedly keep you on time as you prep dinner or run from room to room to get on that conference call (yes, this #OOTD can be worn to work from home, too!). For when the day’s work is done, I’m going to recommend you kick back with some fresh, flavorful beer from your GrowlerWerks uKeg Growler. Do this all while listening to, say, “Antisocialites” by Alvvays — a favorite vinyl of mine — on your U-Turn Audio Orbit Special. While it’s not the same as heading to a brewery or hanging out with friends, this #OOTD harnesses some of the best gear for summer in the meantime. If you’d like to share what you’re wearing at home this season, head to Twitter and give me a follow. Thanks for reading!

 

 

See Now, Buy Now: These Taylor Stitch Chukka Boots are Classic Boots for Spring

Stepping out in style this spring with rugged chukka boots from a classic brand.

If you’re anything like me, perhaps you’ve got quite the affinity for gear from San Francisco-based Taylor Stitch — from the brand’s rugged denim jackets to stellar shirting, these gear purveyors have been a longtime favorite of yours truly (going back to the early days of the blog, in fact!). And now, they’ve done it again with some of the best chukka boots for spring — heck, some of the best chukka boots on the market, period. As we work to transition our wardrobes slowly but surely toward warmer weather, classic leather chukka boots are as reliable a footwear option as it gets. Maybe you won’t need them right  now during these wild times of COVID-19 (yes, sorry, I went there!), but you will soon enough. Rest assured, you’ll hear plenty more about this style in the weeks and months to come, but for now, let’s talk about the Taylor Stitch Chukka Boots in Tumbled Sedona — again, folks, these are your new favorite chukka boots … easily. With a lighter weight than your tough snow boots, and a bit more polish than your favorite sneakers, there’s no question that these Taylor Stitch chukka boots (made from positively beautiful, supple 4oz. Sedona leather) check all the right boxes in matters of style and functionality.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Chukka Boots in Tumbled Sedona

The difference is in the details with these Taylor Stitch boots, per usual — and that’s a great thing indeed.

What’s more, some of the best men’s chukka boots will have serious staying power starting right now in early spring, then carrying over into summer & back to fall. Truly, you can rock these rugged chukka boots with the basics (I.E. A classic Taylor Stitch chambray shirt & slim chinos) and with more luxurious items (a breezy khaki cotton suit, for starters). And if you feel like keeping things casual & rocking these with a cotton pocket tee and faded blue denim? That’s a style move you should certainly make, no questions asked. The Vibram sole and Goodyear welt construction provide that crucial blend of durability and comfort — there might be a brief break-in period, based on my past experiences with Taylor Stitch boots, but once you’ve started wearing these classic chukka boots, you’ll find it tough to stop. And as with other Taylor Stitch menswear, you’ll assuredly find they get better the more you wear them. Don’t waste another second — shop these right now.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Chukka Boots in Tumbled Sedona

 

See Now, Buy Now: These Are the Classic Chukka Boots You Need On Your Feet Now

You need a pair of suede chukka boots on your feet this early spring — no questions asked.

If you read the site on the regular, perhaps you’re well-acquainted with the fact that I’m an advocate for classic early spring style essentials that you can wear well beyond just one season — like classic chukka boots, for instance. And of course, you’re perhaps well-aware that I love one brand of chukka boots in particular, from the good folks at Huckberry (naturally). Those timeless boots in question would  be the Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots, a truly critical pair to get in your wardrobe and on your feet as we move through early spring. We’ve covered them in the past here on the blog, but it’s always helpful to get a reminder about a great pair of footwear, is it not? Now that we’re nearing April, ideally, you’ve been able to put away your heftier, rugged leather boots in favor of lightweight footwear (and lightweight chinos, and Oxford shirts, and … you  get the point). That’s where the Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots, a longtime favorite of the blog, are going to serve you so well. The crepe rubber sole is a nice pairing indeed with the sustainably treated suede leather, offering comfort and a smooth ride — these are the type of chukka boots you can wear with either no-show socks or merino socks with ease (preferably beneath slim tan chinos, rolled up ever so slightly).

SHOP: The Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots

Just one of the colorways in which you can snag these essential chukka boots.

As per tradition, it seems Huckberry  does an ace job at finding gear that’s uniquely sourced, uniquely made and uniquely wearable — these stylish suede chukka boots just so happen to be made in Italy from European-sourced leather that goes through an all-natural aging process. The result? Expertly finished suede chukka boots that are perfect for plenty of spring style scenarios. Seriously, you can wear Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots with olive chinos and a light blue chambray shirt for easygoing spring style, or else you can take these classic chukka boots and pair them with dark denim, a blue Oxford shirt and a navy cotton blazer — talk about business-casual style dialed down to a “T,” yes? Yes indeed. Wear them for travel, wear ’em to an outdoor concert, wear them on the weekend … just be sure you’re wearing your new favorite chukka boots as often as you can this season.

SHOP: The Astorflex Greenflex Chukka Boots

Style Pick of the Week: Sanders Hi-Top Dress Chukka Boots

Stepping out with sleek, effective high-top chukka boots.

There’s never a bad time to step out wearing a pair of the best men’s chukka boots — especially on a late winter weekend, and especially when the stylish chukka boots in question are the Sanders Hi-Top Chukka Boots. They channel the perfect kind of dressy-yet-versatile style that only the best men’s chukka boots can provide, what with the kind of elegance required to be worn with a navy herringbone suit or your favorite pair of dark denim in equal measure.
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Tell me: Do you have any chukka boots in your arsenal currently that can do that? Not quite? That’s why you need these Sanders chukka boots. Mark my words, though: The list of positives goes on (and on, and on). They check all the proper boxes as you search for your new favorite pair of chukka boots, including a sleek profile and a rich suede leather upper (ideal to start wearing now, then keep around come spring and summer). And what’s more, the lineage of Sanders should be enough to buy these dress chukka boots on merit alone. After all, Sanders has been making some of the best men’s footwear (period) since the 1870s — based in England, they’re a sleeper brand that deserves your attention and hard-earned cash, too.

SHOP: The Sanders Hi-Top Chukka Boots

Unbeatable quality, the best materials and top-notch construction set these apart.

The crepe sole, with a thicker cut than, say Clarks desert boots, provides even more comfort and a smooth ride than you might expect — that’s what makes these boots perfect for pairing with everything from slim olive chinos (in the approaching spring) or the best corduroy pants (right now). The versatility of this seemingly simple style shines through in the color selection of these hi-top chukka boots, too — choose from rich Polo Snuff Suede or Moss Green Suede, then pair either with everything from light wash jeans or navy chinos to faded dark denim. As to where exactly you can take the Sanders Hi-Top Chukka Boots, well, that’s really up to you. The comfortable crepe sole and refined, yet not-too-dressy design mean these would be apt for overseas travel or a day at the office in equal measure. Especially when worn with slim tan chinos and a navy polo in the spring, you’re channeling some 007 style in Casino Royale.  Seriously, how cool is that?? Not bad at all — I think James Bond himself might even approve of the Sanders Hi-Top Chukka Boots, so you might as well see for yourself.

SHOP: The Sanders Hi-Top Chukka Boots

Elevated Basics. Grounded Price.

See Now, Buy Now: Wear the Rhodes Dylan Chukka Boots to Every Holiday Dinner This Year

Step out in these rugged chukka boots for any holiday weekend (this one included!).

If you’re still searching frantically for the best boots to wear to a holiday party (as in, throughout Thanksgiving weekend coming up!), then you’re in luck — the Rhodes Dylan Chukka Boots are some of the best casual boots on the market, and they check all the right boxes when it comes to standout style, dependability and durability. They’re coming at you courtesy of Huckberry, purveyors of all the gear you need for a holiday weekend — and for a casual-yet-polished pair of boots to wear to Thanksgiving and beyond, there’s no better place to turn than the Rhodes Dylan Chukka Boots. Take the silhouette — they’re a play on the classic chukka boot, so that means they’ll work with everything from your favorite pair of corduroy pants to slim dark blue denim at a holiday gathering (or a night out at the bar, am I right?).

SHOP: The Rhodes Dylan Chukka Boots 

The Best Basics. Summer Ready.

A low profile and classic design make these chukka boots wearable … anywhere.

And as you would expect from some of the best chukka boots out there, the specs are taken care of quite nicely indeed. Which is to say: These handsome leather chukka boots blend soft European leather with an unlined and lightweight construction. While you might not want to wear these leather chukka boots out into a foot-deep snow drift, they’ll do just fine for killer fall style, preferably teamed up with your favorite flannel shirt — if your holiday leans more casual. These are a classic pair of chukka boots that’ll also do well with a whole host of menswear essentials: Try ’em out with a white Oxford shirt and faded dark blue denim, then pair that look up with a sharp navy blazer. On the other hand, the exceptional Rhodes Dylan Chukka Boots can also pull double-duty with a rugged henley and corduroy pants for a more laidback look (brewery run, anyone?). There you have it: Excellent holiday weekend style sorted.

SHOP: The Rhodes Dylan Chukka Boots 

See Now, Buy Now: The Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots are the Best Chukka Boots To Buy This Fall

The best men’s chukka boots for your hard-earned cash this season? They very well might be.

So, is it high praise to call a pair of rugged chukka boots the best pair of chukka boots out there? Indeed, it is — but the very good news for you, my friend, is that the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots really are the best men’s chukka boots for your time and money. Again, that’s high praise, but rest assured, these stylish leather chukka boots (as sold by Huckberry, naturally) are up to the task. Now that we’ve nearly reached the end of September, it would behoove you to really gear up for fall — and that starts with your footwear rotation. The right pair of chukka boots can take you to the office, to the beer bar, out on the road and everywhere in between — and believe me, I’ve worn the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots all of those places, and then some (you might have seen ’em on my Instagram, to wit). Available in rich calf leather options like Tan Nubuck and handsome iterations like Oak Suede, these classic leather chukka boots are as good as it gets, from the silhouette (sleek yet not too dressy), to the functionality (grippy and durable, thanks to the studded rubber outsole).

SHOP: The Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots

Sleek, stylish, versatile chukka boots you won’t be able to get enough of — I guarantee it.

And as with all manner of stylish gear from Huckberry, the hits keep coming — in spades, at that. The Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots deliver the goods through resoleable Blake stitching on the sole, which means you’ll have them for years. What’s more, the option to customize them with dressier flat waxed cotton laces means that these are even the kind of chukka boots you can wear with a suit this fall (and beyond, naturally). But lest you think these are only the kind of boots to wear through fall and then stow come winter time, think again. The handy, functional Texon insole delivers insulation when you need it — keep these classic chukka boots on hand to wear with everything from slim dark denim and a thermal henley to a rugged flannel shirt and classic tan chinos when snow starts to hit. Yes indeed, you’ve really never seen a pair of chukka boots like the Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots — that’s a fact.

SHOP: The Rhodes Felix Chukka Boots

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

Astorflex

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

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

Astorflex

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

Hudson Shoes

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

Editor’s note: Click here for last-minute holiday gift ideas. And if you’d like to read more product reviews, head here. Be sure to check out more of the best chukka boots for men here, too. 

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 — a pair of the best chukka boots around are still fair game as a last-minute gift for guys, 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. The best men’s leather boots are simply a must-have, and I’d urge you to give these (or one of my other picks) a shot. 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 leather or 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 stylish leather 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. Versatile leather boots sound unstoppable, right? Right.

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 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? Looking for another pair of the best men’s boots? Click that link. 

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