The Chukka Boot
The Chukka Boot finds its origins within the game of polo, gaining its name from the seven and a half Polo playing period, called the “Chukker” or the “Chukka.” Chukkas resemble a shorter version of boots used during Polo, however it is thought that they were intended to be a more comfortable version that players could wear after the game.
Chukkas are ankle-length boots with two to three pairs of eyelets on each side for a lace-up closure. These eyelets allow for a snug fit around the ankle that, unlike regular boots, will not disrupt your pants’ shape. Chukka boots have a rounded toe, minimal stitching, and open lacing (similar to the derby). They are traditionally made of soft suede, however polished leather versions can offer a more formal look. Chukkas, though similar, are not to be confused with desert boots. Desert boots are a much more casual version of a Chukka boot with similar shape, but featuring a rubber sole instead of the traditional leather. Though these are the least formal of the bunch, they can definitely hold their own in semi-formal or business casual situations. Once you try on a pair of chukka boots, you’ll find they are surprisingly comfortable alternative to the typical dress shoe.