This unlined chukka boot is the result of a collaboration between Massdrop, members of Styleforum, and Allen Edmonds. Based on Styleforum discussions, we took elements from three Allen Edmonds boots—the Amok, Mojave, and Dundee—and combined them to produce a completely new chukka. After sending prototypes to prominent members of Styleforum, we made a few tweaks before landing on a final design. Since its initial launch last year, it’s garnered press and praise around the community, and for good reason.
Note: This drop is for new factory seconds with a reduced price. Allen Edmonds handcrafts its shoes to exacting standards and a slight cosmetic imperfection (like a minor stain/scuff in the suede or asymmetrical interior heights) can qualify a pair of boots as factory seconds.
This drop will close at 472 pairs sold. At checkout, you’ll have your choice of size, width, and color. Quantities are limited based on style. These boots are final sale.
The boot is built on AE’s 511 last, the company’s primary boot last. It features a fuller-fitting, round toe box for comfort, though the shape is still slim enough that it complements dressier attire. Because the boot is unlined, which provides a more comfortable fit, you’ll actually feel the soft grain side of the leather against your foot. And while the upper is notably soft and pliable, the boot still offers a bit of structure in the toe and heel. For water resistance, the bottom of the shoe features an oil-soaked leather outsole; for traction, the heel is fitted with a dovetailed piece of rubber.
The upper is crafted from Janus reverse calf, which hails from Charles F. Stead & Co., an England-based tannery. Superior to split suede, reverse leather is made from full-grain, aniline-dyed cowhide. It’s slightly firmer than most suedes, and it’s considered the finest suede in the CF Stead line. And that’s no small claim, as the company has specialized in suede since its founding in the 1890s. Today, CF Stead is renowned for producing richly colored suede with a notably tight nap.
One of the last great American shoemakers, Allen Edmonds has been in business since 1922. The company has developed a cult following since then, thanks in part to the 212-step production process that goes into making each pair of shoes. Invented by the company’s founders, Elbert W. Allen and Bill “Pops” Edmonds, the process combines unrivaled materials with the tried-and-true Goodyear welt, which allows the shoes to be resoled time and time again. The resulting shoes are so well regarded that presidents Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W Bush all wore Allen Edmonds to their inaugurations.
The 511 last is similar to the Allen Edmonds 7 last from the heel to the ball of the foot, but with a more rounded, fuller-fitting toe. The 511 last is used in many Allen Edmonds boots because of the added room in the toe box. We recommend going true to size with this style.
All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.
Estimated ship date is July 6, 2018 PT.
After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.