Hello, what´s the difference in wearing unlined chukkas vs. lined. C&J has an unlined chukka that I like, but I am not sure if this could be some kind of a problem in the long run or a downgrade in quality construction.
The only caveat is that the UK version is a D fitting, which is quite narrow, but a plus for me. From the photos, I believe the version at Barney's is the E-width version, relabled D for the American market.
I have both lined & unlined C&J Chukkas. They are equally great. I agree that unlined are a bit more comfortable but I can't imagine somehow wearing them out due to their lack of lining. Personally I bought the unlined first as they were on sale at a great price. A year later it was the lined pair that were on sale so I grabbed those.