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Chukka versus Chelsea, the Showdown

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by chorse123, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. super1flavor

    super1flavor Senior member

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    You know, maybe some ideas on chukkas that I've missed. Maybe a response saying "what type of chukkas were you wearing" or "how about these" or "those boots are not very good looking" or a variety of different things. What I didn't expect was to submit a post with a response that offers therapy as a solution. Some of it was supposed to be tongue and cheek and the fact that you seem to defend or agree with the other poster speaks volume of the value of this forum in general. I'll just shut down the account if that's the case. Thanks.
     
  2. wurger

    wurger Senior member

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    Now you decide to take a swipe on the value of this whole forum in a broad generalisation, much appreciated here.
     
  3. comrade

    comrade Senior member

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    Just to add to the turmoil, I love Chukkas, have three pairs.
    I would have more, if not for the fact that I measure 3EEE-4EEEE
    and have trouble finding dress shoes that fit. Here's a model from
    Ludwig Reiter. They also have (had) a two eyelet version called
    the Autoschuh. Both come in suede too.

    http://www.stylebop.com/product_det...usd/&utm_source=affiliate&utm_medium=shopstyl

    I have a couple of pairs of L Reiters, not Chukkas. They are very high quality.
     
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  4. tim_horton

    tim_horton Senior member

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    I feel the complete opposite way. I have a pair of black chelsea boots, they fit great, but I feel quite self-conscious wearing them and they just sit in my closet. I don't like the way they look with suits, and they seem too dressy for casual wear.

    However, I'm big on chukkas. Love 'em. I have three pair in suede (snuff, dark brown and navy.) They are my go to shoe when I'm not in a suit. I'm on the hunt for a pair in black calf leather with rubber soles, to wear with suits in inclement weather. Not as "formal" as a chelsea, but it's just my preference.
     
  5. Racing Green

    Racing Green Senior member

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    I'm with tim_horton on this, have snuff suede Alden unlined chukkas, brown Herring leather chukkas and black Loake 1880 Chelseas. The Loakes rarely get worn as they are too dressy for jeans and only get an odd outing with a charcoal suit as they are my only black shoes. Both pairs of chukkas on the other hand see lots of action.
     
  6. Putonghua73

    Putonghua73 Senior member

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    Gentle bump because I'm in the midst of finishing my basic wardrobe and shoe collection. The latter has given me much consternation due to a couple of impetuous choices a few years back re: black whole-cuts and dark brown quarter-brogue cap toe oxfords. I'm finally getting use out of the whole-cuts due to wearing them as dress shoes whilst my black oxford cap toes are being re-soled; I haven't really worn the dark brown ones beyond a dozen times because of sizing issues (too big).

    Since I bought them, my viewpoint on (dark) brown dress shoes has performed a 180 degree about turn due to Holdfast (goddamn you, you son of a bitch!). I now prefer black dress shoes [oxfords] with suits, period. Brown is for derbies.

    In terms of derbies, I have Loake 1880 Cornwall, whose last suits my feet and black monks (Meermin). The latter are my go-to shoes due to having them re-soled a couple of years ago with a dainite sole. Due to the inclement weather, I need another pair of derbies with a dainite sole.

    For quite some time, I was convinced that I would never wear boots. I dislike the sleakness of Chelsea boots, the fact that they are slip-ons, and any connotation with the word "Chelsea". Hate the girl's name; hate the area, and especially detest the football team (even more, after the public raping of 11 - make that 10 - grown men on a football field). I didn't think that I would wear an ankle boot (Chukka). It wasn't until I read a couple of threads on building up one's beginning shoe collection, that I started to begin to appreciate the utility and style of the chukka. My previous connotations were some 24/25 years out of date (one of my old school friends who wore something similar in tandem with NAF NAF clothing).

    I'm looking more and more towards Loake 1880 Pimlico.

    In terms of the actual question to hand, then it has to be the Chukka. Simply because I could never cast a vote for Chelsea - irrespective of the actual question.
     
  7. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    FWIW, some of the earliest versions of chelseas, in the US...circa last quarter 19th century...were called "congress" boots and were very popular in Washington DC and among the "better class" of people.

    doubt that will change your mind but if it's just the name that's the issue...

    I built myself a pair of wholecut chelseas...er, congress boots... a couple of years ago and although I never thought I would ever like something with elastic in it (cheapens a shoe IMO), I love them. Hassle-free to get on and off, extremely comfortable and look great under dress slacks.

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