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    So probably my most-worn pair of shoes for the past couple years has been the inexpensive Nordstrom 1901 Barrett chukka in brown suede:





    This is the same shoe that was featured on the Dappered main site, but in a darker chocolate brown color.

    In fact, I have worn them so much that the tread on the rubber sole is almost completely worn down, and at some point in the foreseeable future I'm going to need to replace them.

    I'm looking for something in the same style but higher quality/resoleable. Specifically, something that is:
    • Suede
    • Chocolate brown
    • Sleek, suit-appropriate shape
    • Rubber sole with enough lug to wear on snow and ice



    Any recommendations? I am ok with spending a bit of money but am nervous about some of the more commonly-mentioned overseas brands that might be hard to try on for sizing or have expensive return shipping.
    Ben

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    I’m in market for similar. Kinda eyeing the Thursday Boots Scout. But following this thread to see what others say.


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    • #3
      May I ask why you'd like to step up in quality? I have some 1901 chukkas, and they cost about $65-$70 dollars. If you got 2 years of almost daily wear out of them, that is a very good value.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JayS View Post
        I’m in market for similar. Kinda eyeing the Thursday Boots Scout. But following this thread to see what others say.


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        I have three different pair of Thursday Scout Boots. I love them.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by smitty View Post
          I have three different pair of Thursday Scout Boots. I love them.
          That is very good to know, thank you.


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          • #6
            Originally posted by caktaylor View Post
            May I ask why you'd like to step up in quality? I have some 1901 chukkas, and they cost about $65-$70 dollars. If you got 2 years of almost daily wear out of them, that is a very good value.
            Yep, they are a good value. And they are not currently available from Nordstrom.
            Ben

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JayS View Post
              I’m in market for similar. Kinda eyeing the Thursday Boots Scout. But following this thread to see what others say.


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              Originally posted by smitty View Post
              I have three different pair of Thursday Scout Boots. I love them.
              I glanced at the Scouts and they look all right but none of the colors are what I'm looking for. Their dark brown suede has a waxed/burnished look that is more casual than what I want, since I wear these shoes primarily with suits or other wool trousers.
              Ben

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              • #8
                Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
                I glanced at the Scouts and they look all right but none of the colors are what I'm looking for. Their dark brown suede has a waxed/burnished look that is more casual than what I want, since I wear these shoes primarily with suits or other wool trousers.
                That makes sense. Their more casual look is a point in their favor for my needs.


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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LesserBlackDog View Post
                  Yep, they are a good value. And they are not currently available from Nordstrom.
                  That is a very good reason to look elsewhere.

                  I picked up these from Amazon in 2017. I wouldn’t recommend them at their current price. I got them for about $85. If you put them on a wish list, the price is bound to drop.

                  https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01..._pd_title&th=1




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                  • #10
                    Jack Erwin James chukka looks similar to me. Easy returns if they don't fit.

                    https://www.jackerwin.com/collection...12411158265942

                    I read somewhere JE offers a recrafting service, but I can't find it on the website.
                    WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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                    • #11
                      Loake Pimlico. Mass drop sells them, EastDane (Amazon) does too. They’re a bit on the narrow side, but otherwise pretty good value for $$$
                      Mark

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                      • #12
                        These seem to be getting hard to find in my size (10.5), but Tommy Hilfiger Gervis Chukkas are great and the dark brown suede looks close to your color. I have a pair in blue and really like them.

                        EDIT: It looks like they make Gervis Chukkas with different soles. My pair has a red rubbery sole, but it looks like they also come with a crepe sole and a dark rubber sole. Not sure the crepe sole will last for daily use.
                        Last edited by cwk; March 8th, 2019, 12:31 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Going to the pricier end of the spectrum - I picked these (https://www.carminashoemaker.us/mens-boots/product4034) up last Memorial Day when they had a 10% off sale across the entire site. They're a sleeker chukka, so definitely works with a suit or just wool trousers. Made of high-quality suede and on the well-known Rain last. I like that they've got Carmina's Tomir sole (rubber half sole), which can be replaced by a cobbler without having to resole the entire shoe.

                          I posted a pic to the What Shoes Are You Wearing thread a few weeks back:
                          https://threads.dappered.com/showthr...g-today/page16

                          I also considered the C&J Tetbury, but it was a bit pricier and, from photos online, seemed like it may be a bit too sleek to work with jeans. I may be wrong on that part though.

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                          • #14
                            Should also add that this is Carmina's U.S. site, so no need to deal with foreign currency. And they offer free exchanges I believe if the size you pick doesn't work out. Straight returns are $35, but if you buy through PayPal you can get something like $30 of that back with their return shipping credit.

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                            • #15
                              I'm in the same boat in that I wear the 1901 chukka's and chelsea boots all the time, but I want to step up to something nicer when they go.

                              I'm seriously considering these, but they aren't cheap https://www.cobbler-union.com/collec...-suede-leather

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