One of the most alluring features of James bond films is how we see both the absolute cutting edge of industrial design go hand in hand with tradition.
007 himself may still be outfitted with high-tech gadgets, fancy watches, and high-end automobiles, but he’s hardly ever without a classic suit and tie. He drinks martinis, not hard seltzer, if you know what I mean? He’s a citizen of two worlds: both a representation of old-fashioned British style, wit and a stiff upper lip, and a globetrotting, always up-to-date secret agent provocative – the ultimate gentleman . No wonder so many men aspire to be like Bond.
A perfect example of Bond’s dual nature can be found in his outfit choices in his latest cinematic adventure, No time to die – the 25th Bond film and actor Daniel Craig’s final stint as a famous fictional spy. Without sharing any spoilers, Bond spends most of the film in a tidy Savile Row suit – though that’s to be expected – but his shoe choice is somewhat unconventional.
In several scenes, Bond can be seen pairing his evening outfits with desert boots: a rather inspired choice that just might be the best way to spice up an otherwise conventional sartorial look, or to nail down the casual chic style briefs.
Chukka boots, also known as desert boots (although not all chukkas are desert boots in itself), are ankle-high leather boots that fall somewhere between high-top shoes or traditional combat boots and low-cut shoes such as brogues. Desert boots specifically refer to chukka boots with crepe rubber soles and (usually) suede uppers, first worn by British soldiers during the Western Desert campaign of WWII, but the terms are often quite interchangeable.
It’s a weird word, chukka. Named after polo terminology for a period of play, chukkas tend to be worn with sleek, casual looks, as opposed to more formal suits like Bond’s, but there’s no reason why you can’t wear a pair of smart chukka boots with a suit.
Australians are already used to wearing boots with suits… Indeed, Chelsea boots dressed in leather like Rm williams are an indispensable part of Australian business attire. Chukkas are a little less common, but as Bond demonstrates, they can actually work really well, especially with a narrow-cut suit, as they help avoid the dreaded skin / sock space between your shoes and the hem. of your pants.
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In fact, Bond being “adapted and started” has become a rather key motif of the character; emblematic of his status as a secret agent. Bond might like to dress like a man, but he’s always up for action. It all comes down to this idea of a dual nature: class, but brutal. Traditional, but also modern. It just makes sense.
Daniel Craig has worn chukkas in all of his Bond films – notably, he wears chukkas in the opening scene of Casino Royale – but he’s not the only Bond to rock chukkas, Sean Connery having donned a pair in Diamonds are forever. Over the years, Bond has developed a habit of wearing boots with costumes, from chukkas to Chelseas to Jodhpurs. This is arguably as much a part of his character as his fondness for Aston Martins.
Specifically, the boots Craig wears No time to die amount to AU $ 485 Chukkas Crosby Moc-Toe from famous English menswear company Drake’s, but you don’t have to drop so much moolah on a pair of chukkas to look like Bond. A pair of archetypes Clark’s Desert Boots will get you closer to AU $ 200, and there are plenty of other brands that make stylish chukkas for the man in town.
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