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The difference between chukka boots and desert boots.

By June 16, 2020August 3rd, 2021No Comments

The chukka boot can be the go to choice of footwear for many of us. But what is the difference between a chukka and a desert boot? A desert boot is a chukka boot but a chukka boot may not necessarily be a desert boot.

The difference:

A chukka boot is essentially any low cut ankle boot with two or three pairs of eyelets. The difference between a chukka and a desert boots is that a desert boot tends to be lighter in weight. This is because it tends to be unlined and so has a floppier upper. However one essential component of all deserts boots is that they should have crepe rubber soles. Some might also suggest that a true desert boot should have a suede leather upper.


The Sanders three eyelet Marvin is a classic desert boot as has a natural crepe rubber sole. It’s available in a number of delightful suede versions. These boots are goodyear welted which makes them fairly pricey but they can be repaired again and again. There are cheaper versions available such as the Loake Kalahari and Sahara. These have a cheaper stitched down rubber sole which isn’t as repairable. However since the sole isn’t crepe sole these aren’t desert boots in the very strictest sense. However natural crepe is relatively expensive so is rare to find on the high street.
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