I think second only to a classic cap-toe oxford this year, as the must have formal footwear, is a lace up half boot. Although a staple of the dress shoe world, it seems that only since trousers have gotten more tapered has the power of the dressy chukka really been felt.
These recent ‘Mercer Heritage’ chukkas from the rock n roll approved, John Vervatos ensure the transition from shoe to boot won’t be too scary for you. Things are kept simple, simple with its four panels of grained leather and a thin rubber sole. With two raw eyelets, and a striking brown lining, there is so much these boots can accomplish. Put them to the test. Available at Barney’s.