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The Spring Chukka: UGG Australia Kaldwell

UGG Australia Kaldwell

Last fall, we were duly impressed by UGG Australia’s continued efforts to step up their men’s shoe game—teaming up with a champ like Tom Brady didn’t hurt. And now they’re back with their newest offering for spring:

The Kaldwell, a chukka/boat shoe hybrid that comes in three spring-friendly shades of burnished nubuck and with custom-made soles from Vibram.

Our love for the chukka in spring is no secret—perhaps it’s their versatility with or without socks—and the Kaldwell is a shining example of spring chukka excellence. It’s the sort of shoe that’ll take you from post-work drinks to a beach weekend without having to worry about your choice in footwear. Our favorite touch is the seersucker lining, which makes them even more barefoot compliant.

You never remember to pack socks anyway.

The Seamless Chukka

Band of Outsiders Chukka

The chukka’s already one of the more grit-resistant shoes out there (hence its affinity with the sandproof desert boot), but it can always get more impenetrable. Case in point: this seamless chukka from Band of Outsiders. It’s a long-lost cousin to the Chelsea boot, placing the emphasis on the handsome suede and away from anything so flashy as laces. You can also pick up a pair in raw wool if you’re feeling industrial; just try to keep it out of the rain.