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Which brown calf chukka boots to buy?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
After lurking here for a while, I think it may now be time to dive in with a question. I am on the lookout for a good quality pair of chukka boots, with goodyear welted soles. However, like many on here, I am quite demanding! I want these to last forever (with re-soling) so I am looking for plain calf-type leather (not textured, burnished, suede) in dark brown (not tan). Obviously, they also have to look good!

Current candidates are:

  • Barker's Atwood, ~£175, not really dark enough (see here)
  • Grenson Chertsey, ~£250, right colour, not totally sure about style (see here)
  • Oliver Sweeney, Portland, £195, look a bit less smart (see here)

I would appreciate any comments on these candidates, and any other suggestions.

I am based in the UK (London) if it matters at all.

Thanks!
post #2 of 12
I couldn't be any happier with Grenson boots. They take a while to break in, but look incredible and hold up really well.
post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by rossjamesparker View Post
  • Barker's Atwood, ~£175, not really dark enough (see here)
  • Grenson Chertsey, ~£250, right colour, not totally sure about style (see here)
  • Oliver Sweeney, Portland, £195, look a bit less smart (see here)

The Grensons are the best of those choices, though I don't much like any of them. I can't stand the shape of the other two. For the same price as the Grensons you could get the C&J Chiltern, or for a bit more the Tetbury or Chepstow. Or, a slightly cheaper option, the 'Quorn' by Alfred Sargent.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
Those Alfred Sargent Quorns look great - just a shame they are burnished and not plain. I will check out the C&Js too. Price not too much of an issue if I get the wear out of them. I know you you mean about the shapes, although I don't think the Barker Atwood is too bad. I think the suede finish for chukkas is much more forgiving to odd shapes in some way.
post #5 of 12
Not to be self promoting, but the Alfred Sargent chukkas I'm selling here seem kind of close to what you're looking for.

http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=205836
post #6 of 12
Out of the choices the Grenson's without doubt, i have them in suede and i love them. I would also consider the AS Quorns or Mendips too.
post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks Chasingred - they look very nice, but unfortunately no my size.
post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Sanguis Mortuum View Post
The Grensons are the best of those choices, though I don't much like any of them. I can't stand the shape of the other two. For the same price as the Grensons you could get the C&J Chiltern, or for a bit more the Tetbury or Chepstow. Or, a slightly cheaper option, the 'Quorn' by Alfred Sargent.

I would go with the Grensons. However, I would look around some more before you buy.
post #9 of 12
Ever considered the C&J Brecon? The pebblegrain leather is much thicker & softer than their regular calf. The dainite sole will also last ages longer than a leather one.
post #10 of 12
I'd avoid Oliver Sweeney on construction grounds ( usually a Blake rather than a Goodyear welted sole) unless fashion is the primary concern (e.g. they are for a date with a model!). I'd check on ebay - chukkas seem to be out of favour at the moment so you may benefit from deflated pricing.
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks all for the replies and advice. I have finally got around to ordering a pair of Grenson Smith's - in 'burnt pine' from Edwards of Manchester (£5 cheaper than the Grenson online store, and with free shoe trees and delivery!)

Pic here: http://www.edwardsofmanchester.co.uk...urnt-pine.html
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by rossjamesparker View Post

  • Barker's Atwood, ~£175, not really dark enough (see

Barker boots are beautiful.

Thanks for the post.
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