My old work shoe called it quits recently, so I’ve spent the better part of October looking for a new pair of black shoes – black Yuketen chukkas have been hard to find (most I’ve spotted have been brown), but the good folks at Revolver had these lovely ones in stock (only 36 pairs were made)… here they are with my RJB 66bspbk:
Yuketen was created in 1989 by Yuki Matsuda, one of several ventures under the Meg Company. Inspired by vintage American aesthetics (Native American too, I’ve noticed in some of the shoes), Yuketen sought to create the ultimate moccasins (and, of course, other types of shoes) using the best materials and careful craftsmanship.
This pair in particular utilises a full grain Horween Chromexcel shell hand-stitched to a crepe hunting sole.
These chukkas wrap around the feet below the heels like a glove, giving it a firm hold without being cruel to my toes.
The Chromexcel leather measures 2.6 mm thick (around 6.5 oz) according to my trusty Mitutoyo calliper, and has taken on a nice shine after a thin layer of horse oil with some beeswax (See top pic).
The crepe sole is also very interesting (haven’t really seen anything quite like this here in Australia) and comfortable, it feels like I’m standing on plush carpet all the time 🙂
Definitely a different aesthetic from the garden-variety moc or chukka – the quality, both in terms of the materials and construction, are on a different level!!!
A worthy match for artisan Japanese denim, these will be my everyday work shoes once I break them in a bit…