Mike Chukka Boot

Style No.
6850/6
Last.
4497S
£565.00

Maintaining momentum in the ever-changing world of fashion and footwear is not as easy as it may appear. While we want to add new designs and finishes, we realise the importance of staying true to Tricker’s reputation for outstanding manufacturing and quality.

 

Known as the shoemaker for quality country shoes and boots, we look for ways to reinvigorate our core styles. One way is to search for new leathers and finishes which will breathe new life into iconic ranges such as the Mike “Chukka” boot.

 

The Inspiration

 

The Chukka boot’s origins are relatively obscure – originally known as ‘vellies’ ( Veldskoene or colloquially vellies), a South African walking shoe, they were first made by 17th-century Dutch settlers.

 


It is believed these boots were based on the traditional footwear of foragers in the Kalahari Desert and the regions of Northern South Africa.

 


They were famously worn by the British Army in India and by aristocratic polo players throughout the 19th century, where the name ‘Chukka’ was adopted from the term ‘chukker’ (the name given to seven minutes of play in a polo match).

The "chukka boot" was established as a recognisable form of desert boots worn by British soldiers in the Western Desert Campaign of World War II throughout Egypt and Libya  due to their suitability in warm climates

 


The style became popular in the late 1940s through the 1960s as casual wear. This style persisted as a popular menswear shoe, and can always be worn with both suits and more casual wear such as jeans.


The Leather

Our latest addition to Construct is African Antelope Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus Strepsiceros) - or more commonly known as Kudu. This leather is treated with a full wax impregnation, making a feature of the natural grain blemishes.

Indigenous to a variety of African countries, they are highly praised for their meat as well as their horns and are culled regularly for export, as well as local consumption, to the benefit of local communities.

We are using Waxy Kudu leather for our Chukka boot, which has been used for footwear in Africa for over two thousand years, due to its unbelievably hard-wearing qualities.

Due to their grazing habits mainly amongst thorn trees, the Kudu hide features scratches and scars. These marks give the leather its inimitable character making each pair of shoes and boots unique.

Available in Bitter Chocolate & Camel Waxy.

 

Sizing

The Mike is handmade on Tricker’s 4497S last, which is also used for our iconic Stow boot. This last was created in 1937 to celebrate the coronation of King George VI. Produced by Springline - Britain’s only remaining last maker and an expert in their field - this last is true to UK size (see our size guide for international conversions). The Mike is made to a Tricker's Width Fit 5, suitable for standard width feet. In the UK this standard width is known as an F fitting; in the USA it is known as a D fitting; in other parts of the world, it is known as an M (medium) or R (regular) fitting. As all Tricker's boots are designed to be worn with thick socks, people with slightly wider feet can usually wear our Fit 5 boots with thinner socks.

 

In Use

 

Matching the origin of the Chukka with a leather indigenous to a variety of African countries, our Kudu leather develops a rich, rugged feel while you add your own battle scars next to those naturally formed in the African bush.

 


This means that the skin must be durable to cope with such intensity which is an excellent property for Tricker’s boots. The Waxy kudu material is tough but surprisingly soft and supple and very suitable in both warm and cold climates.

 

Built to Last

As with all Tricker’s shoes and boots, each pair of Mike Chukka boots are handmade within our Northampton factory in England by Tricker’s craftsmen and craftswomen using traditional methods, and to the same exacting standards that first established our reputation centuries ago.

There are over 260 processes used to make each pair by hand from start to finish. Every material used in the construction of these boots can be traced back to its source. Tricker’s uncompromising standards of craftsmanship, honest materials, environmentalism and sustainability are values that have been preserved and developed through five generations of the Tricker’s family-owned business.

With care and repair, these Mike boots can last you a lifetime. We often find ourselves repairing, resoling or reheeling shoes that are more than 50 years old and we offer this service by post to anywhere in the world.

 

Maintaining momentum in the ever-changing world of fashion and footwear is not as easy as it may appear. While we want to add new designs and finishes, we realise the importance of staying true to Tricker’s reputation for outstanding manufacturing and quality.

 

Known as the shoemaker for quality country shoes and boots, we look for ways to reinvigorate our core styles. One way is to search for new leathers and finishes which will breathe new life into iconic ranges such as the Mike “Chukka” boot.

 

The Inspiration

 

The Chukka boot’s origins are relatively obscure – originally known as ‘vellies’ ( Veldskoene or colloquially vellies), a South African walking shoe, they were first made by 17th-century Dutch settlers.

 


It is believed these boots were based on the traditional footwear of foragers in the Kalahari Desert and the regions of Northern South Africa.

 


They were famously worn by the British Army in India and by aristocratic polo players throughout the 19th century, where the name ‘Chukka’ was adopted from the term ‘chukker’ (the name given to seven minutes of play in a polo match).

The "chukka boot" was established as a recognisable form of desert boots worn by British soldiers in the Western Desert Campaign of World War II throughout Egypt and Libya  due to their suitability in warm climates

 


The style became popular in the late 1940s through the 1960s as casual wear. This style persisted as a popular menswear shoe, and can always be worn with both suits and more casual wear such as jeans.


The Leather

Our latest addition to Construct is African Antelope Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus Strepsiceros) - or more commonly known as Kudu. This leather is treated with a full wax impregnation, making a feature of the natural grain blemishes.

Indigenous to a variety of African countries, they are highly praised for their meat as well as their horns and are culled regularly for export, as well as local consumption, to the benefit of local communities.

We are using Waxy Kudu leather for our Chukka boot, which has been used for footwear in Africa for over two thousand years, due to its unbelievably hard-wearing qualities.

Due to their grazing habits mainly amongst thorn trees, the Kudu hide features scratches and scars. These marks give the leather its inimitable character making each pair of shoes and boots unique.

Available in Bitter Chocolate & Camel Waxy.

 

Sizing

The Mike is handmade on Tricker’s 4497S last, which is also used for our iconic Stow boot. This last was created in 1937 to celebrate the coronation of King George VI. Produced by Springline - Britain’s only remaining last maker and an expert in their field - this last is true to UK size (see our size guide for international conversions). The Mike is made to a Tricker's Width Fit 5, suitable for standard width feet. In the UK this standard width is known as an F fitting; in the USA it is known as a D fitting; in other parts of the world, it is known as an M (medium) or R (regular) fitting. As all Tricker's boots are designed to be worn with thick socks, people with slightly wider feet can usually wear our Fit 5 boots with thinner socks.

 

In Use

 

Matching the origin of the Chukka with a leather indigenous to a variety of African countries, our Kudu leather develops a rich, rugged feel while you add your own battle scars next to those naturally formed in the African bush.

 


This means that the skin must be durable to cope with such intensity which is an excellent property for Tricker’s boots. The Waxy kudu material is tough but surprisingly soft and supple and very suitable in both warm and cold climates.

 

Built to Last

As with all Tricker’s shoes and boots, each pair of Mike Chukka boots are handmade within our Northampton factory in England by Tricker’s craftsmen and craftswomen using traditional methods, and to the same exacting standards that first established our reputation centuries ago.

There are over 260 processes used to make each pair by hand from start to finish. Every material used in the construction of these boots can be traced back to its source. Tricker’s uncompromising standards of craftsmanship, honest materials, environmentalism and sustainability are values that have been preserved and developed through five generations of the Tricker’s family-owned business.

With care and repair, these Mike boots can last you a lifetime. We often find ourselves repairing, resoling or reheeling shoes that are more than 50 years old and we offer this service by post to anywhere in the world.