The Chukka Boots
- Spanish and Italian leather
- Durable Itshide (UK) sole & Goodyear Stormwelt
- Handmade in Portugal
All Mod Cons
Lightweight boots, suitable for all seasons
What you didn't want for your Chukkas
Poor quality leather
Soles that fall off
LUSCIOUS LEATHER, SWANKY SUEDE
You wanted high-quality leather, so we didn’t settle for anything less than the best. Our suede comes from Italy, whilst that black leather is from Spain. Either way, it’s really good stuff—reassuringly tough, whilst still nice and flexible. Bob Dylan wasn’t singing about boots of Spanish leather for nothing.
WATER TIGHT, JUST RIGHT
Suede shoes and wet weather don’t usually go together too well, but ours are different. They’ve been treated with a water-repellent finish that keeps those pesky raindrops from soaking in and puts a stop to the usual day-to-day marking you often get with suede.
THE LIFE AND SOLE
Commando isn’t just a highly enjoyable film starring Arnie and that little guy from The Warriors—it’s also the name of a classic studded sole that we’re big fans of. It’s super grippy, it’s super tough, and it’s super comfortable too. And what’s more, it’s made of 100% natural rubber. Tasty.
THE PERFECT STORM
That sturdy Commando sole is attached to the upper using the suitably dramatic sounding Goodyear Stormwelt. This is pretty much the Landrover Defender of the welt world—built with big puddles and nasty weather in mind. No more wet socks drying on the radiator.
A LOAD OF OLD COBBLERS
No one likes to send a car to the scrapyard when the engine is still running fine—and the same goes for shoes, and just because the sole has worn down, doesn’t mean you should have to wave goodbye to your favourite pair. Those Commando soles are made to last, but if they do eventually wear down, then your local cobbler will have no problem replacing them.
We doubt you’ll be wearing your Chukkas in the gym, but even still, you want to be able to move in them. To make ours more flexible we broke with tradition and placed the leather part which covers the heel under, and not over, the quarters of the shoe. They’re sturdy, but by no means clumpy. Leave the moon boots to the astronauts.
LACE FOR THE PRIZE
One minute you’re breezing about like a young Simon Templar, the next, you’re trying to keep your shoes on with a bit of baler twine. Snapped shoe-strings aren’t great, so we made sure ours are more than tough enough. Waxed tubular laces should do the job nicely.
THE BOOT OF THE PEOPLE
There’s a reason that countless subcultures have appropriated the humble Chukka. They sit right in the middle of smart and casual, meaning they go just as well with a suit as they do with old jeans. Whether you’re breezing through Brighton on a Lambretta, or clicking your fingers in a jazz cafe, the Chukka is the perfect partner.
The Chukka is a true year-round boot. Alright, you’re probably not going to wear these whilst shovelling snow off your drive or relaxing by the pool, but extreme conditions aside, they’re functional nature means they’ll rarely be off your feet.
Picusa, Zabri Spain, Italy
of CO2 emitted
Equivalent to 172 km (107 miles) travelled by car.
Equivalent to 3 five-min showers.
Equivalent to 4 days of heating (average apartment)
Dark brown suede
A deep chocolate. Yum
Deliveries & exchanges
We deliver worldwide. For orders in Europe, we charge a flat fee of 9€ irrespective of how much you order. For deliveries to the rest of the world, the cost is calculated on the weight and destination automatically at checkout.
Easy to change sizes
If you get the wrong size, fear not, we accept returns and exchanges. For orders in Europe these are free, and for countries in the rest of the world we ask you to pay the return and we will take care of the cost of sending out an exchange. Just log into your Asphalte account and we’ll get that sorted.
Satisfied or your money back
IT’S A RISK-FREE INVESTMENT
Sure, we work hard on our products, but we won’t take it personally if, for whatever reason, you change your mind about the item you’ve preordered. We’re all friends here, you can be honest with us. So long as the item is in its original condition, with tags and packaging intact, you can send it back to us for a full refund. No worries.
Asphalte began life back in 2016, just four people with a bit of experience in fashion and a simple enough aim: making good quality clothes in a low-impact way. Things started off smoothly enough, and we were picking up a bit of momentum, but something was missing. The idea for Asphalte didn’t really come together until we got our pals on the blower and asked them, ‘Hey, what do you want us to make?’ We didn’t realise it at the time, but this was the turning point. If Asphalte were a scientific discovery, this would be called the ‘eureka!’ moment. If it were a comic book, this was the part where we get bitten by a radioactive spider.
It might not seem like a revolutionary idea. That’s because it isn’t, really. But fast forward 5 years and asking our friends what they wanted has turned into sending you lot our biannual questionnaires, and using your feedback to determine what we release. And that’s our secret weapon. It’s how we make what you want for a good price, and keep waste to a minimum.
Today our team is a bit bigger than four people. In fact, there are 64 of us now. We used to be based in Paris, but now we’ve moved out to greener pastures down in Bordeaux. Besides that, we’re still working in much the same way as when we first started, with the same ideas about quality, sustainability and our customers leading the way.