CLARKS BOOT-OFF: CHUKKA VS. DESERT BOOT

Clarks Desert Boot-Off :
Chukka vs Desert Boot The chukka boot is a men’s wardrobe essential. Worn with trousers, chinos, chords, or jeans, it’s guaranteed to elevate any look. But what exactly is a chukka boot? And what are the differences between its various brother styles? Specifically, the desert boot. Let’s take a look. Shop Clarks

Clarks Desert Boot-Off :
Chukka vs Desert Boot

Clarks Desert Boot-Off :
Chukka vs Desert Boot

The chukka boot is a men’s wardrobe essential. Worn with trousers, chinos, chords, or jeans, it’s guaranteed to elevate any look. But what exactly is a chukka boot? And what are the differences between its various brother styles? Specifically, the desert boot. Let’s take a look.

The chukka boot is a men’s wardrobe essential. Worn with trousers, chinos, chords, or jeans, it’s guaranteed to elevate any look. But what exactly is a chukka boot? And what are the differences between its various brother styles? Specifically, the desert boot. Let’s take a look.


CHUKKA 101

Defined by its simple silhouette, boots become chukkas when two pieces of leather or fabric are sewn on top of a leather or rubber sole, and then finished with a two- or three-eyelet, lace-up front. This style hits right at the ankle and is usually unlined. A prime example of this is the Clarks Bushacre 2 boot.


DESERT 101

A desert boot is a specific type of chukka boot designed by a specific brand: Clarks. The upper is identical to the original, but the sole is made of crepe rubber as supposed to traditional rubber. Crepe rubber has a gummy texture that’s flexible, shock-absorbent, and resilient to high temperatures due to its ability to break in overtime.



CLARKS BUSHACRE 2 BOOT

CLARKS BUSHACRE 2 BOOT

Rubber outsole
Minimal break-in time
Classic Chukka Style
Under $100

CLARKS DESERT BOOT

CLARKS DESERT BOOT

Crepe outsole
No break-in time
Casual chukka style $100 and up

Design

Design

oth the Chukka Boot (or in our case, the Bushacre 2 Boot) and the Desert Boot have the same classic silhouette consisting of two pieces of material: the quarter and the vamp. The vamp falls neatly between the quarter that wraps all the way around the heel, creating a streamlined look with minimal seaming. Both boots hit mid ankle and feature a rounded toe and moccasin construction.

Material

Material

Originally, the Desert Boot was made from a breathable, unlined suede that broke in easily, while the Chukka Boot could be crafted from any material. Now, both the Clarks Desert Boot and the Clarks Bushacre 2 come in additional fabrications that include leather and textile. Try the beeswax leather version for a more formal occasion and swap your favorite canvas sneakers for the cool, casual textile version.

Closure

Closure

Both the Desert Boot and the Bushacre 2 feature a two eyelet lace up front, a hallmark of the desert boot style. But Chukka boots as a generic style can also come in a three-eye variety for a more formal look.


The Deciding Factor


The big difference between the Desert Boot and the Bushacre 2, or any Chukka for that matter, is the sole. Desert Boots are made with heavy plantation crepe soles that are crafted by layering latex rubber. The end result is a wavy textured bottom that is heavy and gummy. Advantages of the crepe sole include its flexibility, great shock absorption, and its ability to soften over time. Disadvantages are its light color which shows wear easily and heavy feel. Other Chukka boots, like the Bushacre 2, feature a lighter more modern rubber sole like those you’d find on any dress shoe. They lack that signature gummy feel of the plantation crepe, but they do have lightweight durability that many loyalists prefer.


An essential men’s boot in two classic iterations shops the Clarks Desert Boot or the Clarks Bushacre 2 Boot this fall for a polished look that’s as comfortable as it is stylish.