Many of the best things in life have a storied, well-styled history. Case in point: The Chukka.
Chukka boots arrived in Great Britain from India in the mid 1800s, and their endurance as a style staple for fashion-forward men living the good life is a testament to its timeless form and function.
Derived from the Hindi word “chukkar,” which means “to circle around,” a chukka is actually a seven-minute period during a polo match. The Chukka boot is thought to have gotten its name because it resembles the Jodhpur boots worn by polo players. And, while polo players don’t wear Chukkas during matches, the classic boot is a favorite of polo players off the field.
For a style to endure as long as the Chukka, it has to be both classically styled and comfortable – two essential qualities of the much-loved boots. “These are boots for adults with a sense of classic style; a shoe choice based on something enduring rather than something faddy,” Oscar Rickett wrote in The Guardian.
Traditional Chukkas have two or three eyelets, come in muted colors, and are made of leather, like our Barry Chukka. This classic two-eyelet Chukka is crafted from fully waterproof nubuck leather and comes in black, navy, brown and taupe.
A key feature of the Chukka is its versatility; black Chukkas can be worn with business attire for meetings or with jeans and slim-fit pants for grabbing drinks in the city. They can also be worn across seasons, from crisp autumn days to vibrant spring afternoons.
Cheers to the Chukka and timeless style.