Men, don’t ever underestimate the power of a good pair of shoes!
You could be the most stylish guy around from your head to your ankles, but if your shoe game is off, then it could jeopardise your whole look; and we don’t want that now do we?
Enter the Chukka boot. The shoe is an undoubtable menswear classic and an absolute godsend when it comes to nailing a smart/casual dress code. Traditionally crafted in suede or leather, the ankle high design can be recognised by its rounded toe and two or three eyelet open lacing.
The versatile boot has been around for donkeys years and though there have been multiple theories about where the term ‘Chukka’ comes from exactly, it’s thought that much like the ‘Chelsea’ boot, the word stems from the world of equestrian.
Whether you’re going for a laid back look, or something a little smarter a chukka boot could be just what it takes to complete your outfit. Here are three of our favourite ways to wear the style.
The Chukka boot has the power to smarten up a casual outfit with a click of the fingers, so paired with jeans, you can create the perfect look that will take you from the office to Friday night drinks in an instant. A skinny or slim fit pair works best, as they will prevent too much gathering at the ankle and help to maintain a streamlined silhouette that will draw the eye to your smashing pair of boots!
Chukkas tend to come in neutral tones, that have potential to look great with almost any colour, but to get the most out of the trend go for something in a contrasting tone to your jeans for them to help show them off. A classic tan suede pair looks superb put together with black skinny jeans, or alternatively pop on a pair in a brown shade, with jeans in a dark blue rinse.
Complete your look with a simple piece of knitwear or a shirt for a slightly smarter vibe.
Go classic in chinos…
Put together a stylish off duty getup by wearing your Chukka boots with a classic pair of chinos. A beige pair accommodates a dark brown tone perfectly and the relaxed outfit allows for a slightly chunkier shoe design, that will add some individuality to your look.
Keep things simple by marrying them with a simple polo shirt and matching accessories, for an all round put together look, that is ideal for weekend wear. To add a quirky touch, roll up the hem of your trousers to reveal the full boot.
Just as Chukka boots have the power to sharpen up a casual look, they can also do the reverse for a smart outfit. If you want to take the edge off of your formal look, complete your outfit with a refined pair of boots in a dark tone. By pairing an otherwise classic ensemble with some footwear with a bit of a character, you will bring a whole new dimension to your sophisticated look.
Depending on which end of the formality scale you are aiming for, you’ll want to decide whether a suede or leather pair suits. A leather style generally gives off a more sophisticated air than their suede counterparts and therefore complements a more tailored look.
For a really stylish mix up on a formal , pair some slim fit trousers with a plain shirt and tailored jacket, completing the outfit with some smart chukka boots crafted in a quality leather.