They were a favorite of Steve McQueen, Bob Dylan, beatniks, mods, and hippies. The chukka boot, a popular footwear choice since the 1930s, doesn't ever seem to go out of style. Today, there are countless variations on the theme, from Columbia's sneaker-inspired version that was built for the trails to a more fashion-forward blue suede boot by Brooklyn brand Artola. Whether you dress them up or down, here are 10 to take a turn in.
Clarks' Desert Boot
Based on a shoe worn by the British Army in the 1940's, Clarks released its Desert Boot in 1950 and the rest has been history. Essentially unchanged for nearly 65 years, this timeless boot still sets the standard for a true chukka: ankle high with a rounded toe, two (or three) eyelets in soft suede uppers over thin, low-heeled crepe rubber soles. Think of it like a wearable tradition in an array of colors, and still as cool as ever. [Desert Boot, $120, clarksusa.com]