Chukka boots or turf boots deliver comfort, quality, and style. These boots are ankle-length, usually made of leather, with leather or rubber soles and two or three pairs of eyelets for lacing. They are sometimes referred to as desert boots, which in fact are a specific style of chukkas with crepe rubber soles and usually suede uppers, famously popularized in the 1950s by a UK shoe company known as Clarks Desert Boots.
Some say the name chukka comes from a term used in the game of polo, which is played in typically six periods or "chukkas."
The Key Features of Chukka Boots style of ladies’ boots are the playful and sassy wedge heel, a lace-up closure for easy on and off wear, a smooth, rich suede or leather upper, and an interior lining adding a soft buffer for instant comfort. A lightly cushioned footbed and durable outsole provide comfort and grip for everyday wear.
Chukkas are usually made from calfskin or suede although they have also been made from more exotic materials such as crocodile. The style first became popular in the late 1940s through the 1960s as casual wear.
According to shoe historian June Swann, the essential chukka boot is ankle-high, open-laced, and unlined, with two to three pairs of eyelets, thin leather soles, calfskin suede uppers in two parts (each from a single piece of leather; quarters sewn on top of vamp), and rounded toes.
Ladies’ Chukka Boots are a stylish, yet versatile choice that provides all-day comfort with its foam-cushioned footbed, and it looks great paired with jeans or khakis for a casual day out.
Leather Chukka Boots style is very tough and lasting. In fact, a form of chukka boots were worn by British forces in the Western Desert Campaign of World War II, and these are called “desert boots.” Desert boots were officially introduced to the world by name with the debut of the Clarks Desert Boot at the 1949 Chicago Shoe Fair.
After feature coverage in Esquire magazine, their popularity took off. According to Clarks, inspiration came from "the crepe-soled, rough suede boots made in Cairo’s Khan el Khalili bazaar for British Eighth Army officers."
With more than 15 years of experience designing for women’s fashion brands, award-winning shoe designer Monika Kusinska launched Autograf New York in 2014. Driven by her personal endeavor to find well-made, comfortable shoes in uncommon sizes in the United States, Kusinska-Paez decided to bring the luxury of high-quality, Italian leather shoes stateside. In 2000, she attended Parsons School of Design with a concentration on footwear, and later designed for women’s shoe brands including Ann Taylor, Fossil, Lucchese and Camuto Group.