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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I'm sure a ton of traditionalists will hate me for even proposing the option of shorts but I spend a lot of time in Texas and Madrid where I'm sure you already know, temperatures easily can be +40º if not hotter in the summer (plus I'm younger so perhaps I am entitled to a bit of slack). Nonetheless though, if I could wear chukkas with shorts it'd be fantastic because with mild winters an occasion could be found to wear them almost year-round. I have a pair of dress boots for colder times but I quite enjoy the styling of chukkas. They are pretty low cut which is the only reason I would ever consider wearing this "boot" with shorts.

 

I can't seem to make the call myself nor can I seem to find a lot of supporting evidence for my case via Google. Most pictures are some awful compilation of some awkward chukkas paired with those plagued cargo shorts. So, what would your opinions be on this subject? Is it acceptable or are chukkas more suited to be paired with the cuff of pants?¿ Inseam seems to always be an issue when pairing shoes with shorts so if anyone cares to know, most shorts I own have an 18cm inseam.

post #2 of 9
Paired with shorts?
Of course. The original Desert Books, which are Chukkas, were inspired
by off-duty footwear worn by the British Eighth Army which fought in the
Desert - El Alemain, etc. The troops often wore them with shorts.

http://suite101.com/article/the-classic-desert-boot--an-evergreen-style-statement-a270186

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e3/Brooke-Popham_%26_Wavell.jpg

(In this picture the Generals are not wearing them)
Edited by comrade - 6/25/13 at 9:52pm
post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 

Also, I have never worn or tried on Chukka boots. How do they fit? Are they meant to be worn with a boot sock? I know at least with all of the dress boots I have tried on or own, I have had to by a whole US size smaller. I don't like the concept of shoes being purposely size larger to accommodate a thicker sock nor do I like think socks.

post #4 of 9
I would stick to unlined suede chukkas for shorts to go with the casual vibe of shorts.
post #5 of 9
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How do you all feel about these? I know some of you hate AE but I haven't been let down by them yet.

 

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF7034_1_40000000001_-1

 

 

Or perhaps these?

 

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Peal-Co.%C2%AE-Chukka-Field-Boots/614H,default,pd.html?dwvar_614H_Color=BLCK&contentpos=2&cgid=0522


Edited by Muotimies - 6/26/13 at 5:40pm
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by Muotimies View Post

How do you all feel about these? I know some of you hate AE but I haven't been let down by them yet.

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF7034_1_40000000001_-1

These are an abomination typical of AE's sorry attempts at "style"

Or perhaps these?

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Peal-Co.%C2%AE-Chukka-Field-Boots/614H,default,pd.html?dwvar_614H_Color=BLCK&contentpos=2&cgid=0522

These look great. However with shorts, I would go with a light shade like the original Clark's Desert Boots.
post #7 of 9
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So would there be a real difference between the Peal & Co and the Clark's? Desert Boots? As in:

 

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Peal-Co.%C2%AE-Chukka-Field-Boots/614H,default,pd.html?dwvar_614H_Color=BLCK&contentpos=2&cgid=0522&cmp=AFC_CJ_VigLink_Brooks+Brothers+Product+Catalog

 

http://www.clarksusa.com/eng/product/desert_boot_men/26031695

 

 

Also, I am still wondering how they fit. Do Chukka boots fit true to size or do I need to buy smaller if I don't plan on wearing boot socks like with dress boots?¿

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 

Well, I ended up ordering these (in antique sand):

 

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Peal-Co.%C2%AE-Chukka-Field-Boots/614H,default,pd.html?dwvar_614H_Color=BLCK&contentpos=2&cgid=0522&cmp=AFC_CJ_VigLink_Brooks+Brothers+Product+Catalog

 

I am a little afraid about how light of a color they are...if they will pair well with a range of colors. Thoughts?

post #9 of 9
I believe the Peal & Co BB chukkas are 50% off at gilt.com right now
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