At this time of year, we often have customers ask us can chukka boots be worn in the summer? And the simple answer is, yes! Contrary to popular belief certain boots can serve you all year round. A lightweight boot like a chukka boot is a great way of pulling an outfit together, no matter the season. 

What are chukka boots?

Chukka boots are ankle-high leather boots with traditionally suede or leather uppers, leather or rubber soles, and open lacing with two or three pairs of eyelets. They are similar in appearance to Chelsea boots but are slightly more casual in style, thanks to the laces. Chukka boots actually started out in tropical climates which is one of the reasons that they are also referred to as desert boots. 

Desert boot vs. chukka boot

A desert boot is a variation of the chukka boot. The difference is a desert boot has a crepe rubber sole and, typically, suede uppers. In terms of style and shape, however, they are very similar. Meaning they can be worn interchangeably. 

What to wear with chukka boots for summer

Chukka boots are one of the most adaptable footwear options for summer, they are a great alternative to sneakers without the stuffiness of a dress shoe. They strike the perfect balance between smart and casual, and can most certainly be dressed down. 

You can wear chukka boots with jeans any time of year, but just adapt the look for the season. For a summer look try pairing a classic chukka boot like the Cheaney Billingham with a pair of slim-fitting jeans. Opt for a sockless look and turn up the hem of the jeans to show a sliver of skin above the top of your boots. Add a cotton or linen t-shirt or shirt to stay cool in the summer months.

Chukka boots and shorts can work surprisingly well if done right. The golden rule is to go sockless (or try an invisible sock) to avoid any unwanted Safari vibes. Try the Barker Monty in navy suede with light coloured shorts and a navy t-shirt for a perfect summer look.

For a slightly smarter look try dressing your chukka boots up with a pair of chinos. Try the Anatomic & Co. Gel Colorado with a pair of khaki chinos and a crisp white shirt for a perfect evening look. 

Protect your suede chukka boots

You should always keep your suede shoes protected, regardless of the weather. For more information on how best to protect and care for your suede shoes, check out the ultimate guide to looking after suede