^ Isn't it the kind of sole that makes a desert boot a desert boot? Once you trade in the sole for leather, I think you have a chukka boot. For cheaper chukkas, I guess I would look at Loake. I did a search for the Loake chukkas online, and from what I'm able to see they look quite all right. Do you know of a U.S. website or store in NYC that carries them?