My first experience of owning a benchmark quality shoe occurred in Christmas 2016 when I purchase a Crockett & Jones Dark Brown Suede Cavendish Tassel Loafer. Prior to that, I was only purchasing from entry level brands such as Johnston & Murphy and Allen Edmonds. I have amazing shoes from them, most of which I still wear, and will even dare say that they are worth the value, if on sale.
I guess you can call it the Diderot Effect influencing my perception of quality and comfort, but once I slipped into those loafers, I never wanted to put anything else on my feet.
Every other shoe I put on felt subpar, lifeless, uncomfortable and foreign. I could wear these for-literally-ever. The cavendish’s smart shape is so flattering and it’s flexible construction does not impose much mobility restrictions. I started to wear it nearly every snowless or rainless day and found that they couple so well with my existing wardrobe.
Unfortunately, they are still loafers and would get a lot less wear once the colder months arrive. I was so comfortable with using a chocolate brown suede shoe that I started to get a little worried about not having a Fall/Winter equivalent. Considering how familiar I was with Crockett and Jones’s sizing, I decided to get a used Ealing pair.
I acquired it used from a user from Grailed, a website I find myself unhealthily frequenting, for $215. These boots, used, typically ranges between $300 to $400. The soles were in ridiculously good condition while the suede had some scuffing. After it arrived, I use a Saphir Suede Shampoo to reinvigorate the shoes – making it appear as good as new. I got a good deal to say the least.
I have yet to wear the boots but am overwhelmingly excited to. With the Cavendish experience, I know this chocolate brown suede chukka can be worn casually with denim, a chunky knit turtleneck sweater and a field jacket for school or with grey flannel trousers and a sport coat. Ranging it’s usability between casual and formal, what’s there not to love about it?
Crockett and Jones are undoubtedly pricey. But if you are seeking a chocolate brown suede chukka and not willing to pay that much, here are some affordable options, Loake, Velasca, Carlos Santos or Meermin. Of course, as always, you can scout eBay or Grailed for classifieds. The only trade off that comes with that is upmost patience as what you desire is rarely offered.
Below are two images of the spoken chukka boots. Both were taken in a 50mm 1.4f lens that plays around lowlight and shadows to emphasize the imagery of the boots. I have a growing interest in photography recently and have been exercising this craft by taking product photos and portraits.
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