Anatomy of a Chukka
Style
September 24, 2014

Okay, so you already know how you’ve gotttta have a pair of chukkas (at LEAST one pair!) in your wardrobe, but what else do you know about these modern men’s boots? Sharpen those pencils, fellas—it’s Chukka 101!

First, the name: chukka. (It already SOUNDS like the coolest shoe name ever, right?) It’s allegedly derived from the game of polo, where a “chukka” is a seven-and-a-half minute period of play. You can thank the Hindi language for the origin of the term itself: “chukkar” means “circle” or “turn.”

Now that we’ve had our history lesson, let’s get into the fun stuff: anatomy! What sets the chukka apart from other shoes of its kind? It’s a little less dressy than an oxford, yet classier than a sneaker (the perfect middle ground?), but it’s what’s in the details that counts:

  1. OPEN LACING

  2. Open lacing gives chukka boots more flexibility and a slightly less formal look.

  3. TWO TO THREE LACING EYELETS

  4. Traditionally, chukka boots had two or three eyelets for those laces, though we graciously bend that definition now to include up to five, as long the top hits near the ankle. Which brings us to our next point:

  5. ANKLE HEIGHT

  6. That ankle-high silhouette makes a chukka boot easily recognizable in a crowd.

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