How to wear chukka boots


Chukka boots are a simple classic.
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The name is distinctive, the boots are unique and if you wear them right, you’re sure to be a stylish chap.

Chukka boots have a look and identity of their own. But to make the most of this boot style, it’s important to know how to wear them to their best advantage.

In summary, this is how you wear Chukka boots

• Wear casually. Never try to wear Chukkas with a suit or formal wear. Smart casual or casual is best.

• Wear with Chinos. With or without trouser break is fine, just give consideration to your socks.

• Contrast with trouser colour. Let your Chukkas make an impression.

Unless you want a very bold look, chukka boots aren’t suitable with suits or formal wear. You could wear them in a laid back office, but in general stick to casual occasions. As a general rule of thumb, you shouldn’t wear them to anything more formal than a smart casual do.

Chinos are the best trousers for chukka boots, as they are casual and can be worn with no break. By wearing them at this length, with the hem of the trouser brushing the ankle, you can also show off your socks when sitting. So pick your socks with care!

Chukkas are bolder than other boots, and don’t have the same simple lines, so choose a contrasting colour to your trousers to help show them off. Remember your shade pairings though, you don’t want to make a good pair of boots stand out for the wrong reason!

For the top half of your outfit, there isn’t much you can do wrong. A clean cut polo shirt is a good option, as is a linen shirt in the summer.
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How to step in your blue suede shoes

Elvis’ blue suede shoes would have looked something like this.
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How much would you pay for a pair of blue suede shoes? Well, a pair worn by Elvis Presley were sold at a charity auction for £48,000.

If you’re more concerned with style than memorabilia, you needn’t break the bank. Blue suede shoes offer a classy alternative to the more common neutral tones. Read on to learn more about blue shoes and how to wear them with confidence.

Blue loafers

Blue loafer close up

Go bold with blue suede shoes.
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Cheese and wine, sword and shield, suede and loafers – some things are better together. Available in a range of styles, the suede loafer offers versatility above all else.

Hailed by The Idle Man as the perfect summer shoe, the suede loafer epitomises the smart-casual code. Match them with chinos and a long sleeve shirt for a touch of class on a summer evening, or keep it casual with jeans and a t-shirt.

However you choose to wear them, do so in confidence. For more tips on how to wear loafers of all styles, take a look at the Samuel Windsor guide to loafers.

Blue brogues


Add some flair to your look.
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The classic leather brogue is a shoe of style and elegance, often completing a snappy suit. Though, its suede counterpart offers a little more flexibility. Team them with a pair of moleskin trousers and a shirt for a casual outfit.

Suede brogues are by no means to be kept away from formal attire, though. They can be the perfect addition to less intense suit colours such as blues and greys, making for smart outfit that’s a little less serious.

Blue monks

man with his feet on a table with blue suede shoes on

A bolder blue suede shoe.
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Recent years have seen the monk shoe develop a stronger presence in the mainstream. Sat between the oxford and the brogue, the monk strap style offers a formal look with a twist. Characterised by either a single or double strap, this style offers a quirky alternative to your classic lace up.

While suede monk straps have a less dressy look than those in leather, they’re still better paired with formal attire. Wear them with a suit or chino and blazer combo – but keep the outfit subtle. The monk strap should take the attention.

Blue suede boots

Desert boot blue

Suede is the classic material for chukka boots.
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Suede is the chukka boot’s original material. They’re a relaxed design suited to all casual occasions.

Best matched with a pair of jeans suede chukka boots are an effortless everyday footwear, deserving a place in every man’s wardrobe. Check out our guide to wearing chukka boots.

How to wear blue shoes


Blue shoes can make a neutral outfit stand out.
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Black and brown shoes are neutral and subtle, allowing you to match them with any colour you like. However, to wear blue shoes successfully you must know which colours they work with, and which colours they don’t.

If in doubt, take it back to basics and consult the colour chart. The safest colour to wear with your blue suede shoes is of course, blue! But be careful, wearing the exact same shade of blue for your entire outfit is going to get you some weird looks. So opt for complementary shades such as baby blue and navy.

What colour do you wear with blue shoes?

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Colour wheel co-ordination.
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Neutral colours are another safe bet. Black and white lend themselves to all colours, and beige works well with navy in particular.

Alternatively, look to the opposite side of the colour wheel and wear clashing colours. For example, a pair of navy blue shoes worn with a pair of red chinos can look very stylish. If you choose to pull off clashing colours, keep it simple. Stay away from patterns and anything with too much going on.

The world isn’t all black and brown, so your shoes shouldn’t be either. Get yourself a pair of blue suede shoes and add a twist of colour to your wardrobe. Just remember, don’t let anyone step on them!

Do you follow in Elvis’ footsteps, or have you chosen to lay off the blue suede shoes? Let us know over on our facebook page, or leave a comment below.

How to wear brown shoes

ian mcgrath boots with laces

Brown shoes add warmth and casual flair to any man’s wardrobe
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Bored of black? Well it’s time to enrich your shoe rack with a pair of quality brown shoes. This versatile colour will update your style and inject some warmth and colour into your winter wardrobe.

With so many differing opinions surrounding this wonderful shade, it can be tricky to know how to wear brown shoes. Luckily for you, we’ve rounded up the rules and created a mini style guide, so you can be the best brown wearer in town.
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