Chukka or Desert Boots

Added Feb 10, 2013

by cloves

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“All desert boots are chukkas but not all chukkas are desert boots…” at least, that’s what i googled :) This was my first attempt at mens’ shoes and it took me a few months to get these to a point where i am happy with the end result. Of course, this project is not drama free so maybe i’ll blog about the process someday.

These are lined with pigskin and have a crepe sole and leather midsole. I don’t have a machine yet that will stitch the sole to the uppers so took it to the cobbler for that but the regular sewing of the uppers was done on a regular industrial sewing machine and finished off with a little bit of hand sewing.

These were made with love…let me know if you see the heart stamp i put into the sole of the shoe. =)

Material Notes

thick leather, pigskin, horse belly, crepe, eyelets




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    Mar 26, 2013, 10.05 PMby ahikernamedgq

    These are beautiful. You should be very proud of those. Good for you!

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    Mar 6, 2013, 01.19 AMby marie-michelle

    Holy guacamole! Awesome! Fabulous! Terrific! And I’m running out of superlatives… :)

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    Mar 4, 2013, 11.55 PMby madebymeg

    wow! WOW ! i’ve been saying to myself, if only i could make my own shoes, too… if you had a blog about your shoe-making adventures i would definitely follow it!

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    Feb 17, 2013, 03.14 PMby joost52

    Holy smokes that’s awesome!

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      Mar 3, 2013, 01.21 AMby cloves

      many thanks! i just quickly looked at your studio and such great work you have there. i love the baby bag gift!

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    Feb 12, 2013, 02.10 PMby elguanche

    just incredible!!!! Great work!

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      Feb 12, 2013, 07.12 PMby cloves

      thanks so much! :) i just took a quick look at your page and all the tailoring is fantastic!

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      Feb 12, 2013, 07.31 PMby elguanche

      Im so sorry!!! I pushed the wrong button and i marked your comment as spam :-(

      Thank you for your nice compliments!!!

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    Feb 12, 2013, 04.53 AMby Geneviève Libellule

    Do you have any suggestions as to where one could learn to make such fine work? I’d like to learn to be a shoemaker. These are lovely.

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      Feb 12, 2013, 07.10 PMby cloves

      hi there! thanks so much :) i’m not sure where you are located but i would do an online search for “shoemaking courses” (plenty in London!) or try speaking with your local shoemakers and maybe you can apprentice.

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    Feb 10, 2013, 11.38 AMby mokosha

    that’s crazy cool.. it’s like my ultimate dream – to be able to create and make my own shoes one day :)

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      Feb 10, 2013, 02.28 PMby cloves

      thanks :) you should do it! would love to see your shoes.

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