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.
Merrell's Realm Chukka
A beefed up, rugged interpretation of the classic chukka, Merrell's Realm boot can take a beating. Using tough, full grain leather in lieu of suede and a sturdy performance sole for support and flexibility, it has enough traction to tackle major hiking trails and enough cushion to keep you comfortable all day. Is it a true chukka boot? That’s something you can ponder from the top of the mountain. [Realm Boot, $150, merrell.com]