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.
Columbia's Sunvent Chukka
Trading suede for distressed canvas upper with an extra-spongy rubber sole, Columbia Sportswear's Sunvent straddles the ruggedness of a boot with the comfort of a sneaker. With excellent traction and water-draining ports, it's a safe pick for hiking and boating, but really shines when you're playing tourist. Weighing in a under 9 ounces, these are the perfect shoes to toss in your suitcase for trips that will have you on your feet. [Sunvent Boot, $100, columbia.com]