Updated on September 18th, 2017 – For running around the Bolivian desert blowing up eco-hotels, James Bond wears the Church’s Ryder III chukkas in brown suede. You can still pick up the original boots at Herring Shoes for £380.00/$538.00. Upate: Matches Fashion currently has the Ryder IIIs on sale for $395.00 with UK sizes 6 to 12 in stock. Not sure how long that’s going to last! Just note that they’re still £380 on Matches’ UK site.
I could be wrong, but it looks like Church itself has replaced the boots Bond uses in Quantum of Solace with a model called the Ryder in Castro suede.
Features Wanted for the Church’s Ryder III chukkas
- More of a dress chukka shape (not a “desert boot”)
- Black, solid sole, preferably with a Dainite® type sole.
- 2 eyelet lacing
Best Option for the Church’s Ryder III chukkas
Florsheim Constable Chukka in Brown Suede: on sale for $99.90
I am moving this up just because it is such a good deal right now and they have full size run in stock. A leather lined, Goodyear welted rubber sole chukka for under $100? Yeah, it’s kinda hard to beat for the price.
Options Under $100
Hampton Chukka in Brown Suede: £39.00
AJB007 forum member Charmed & Dangerous has shared this great budget option, available at Coogan. This is a three eyelet model with a pseudo-Dainite rubber studded sole. But according to Charmed & Dangerous:
“The quality is good, the fit is true to size (I’m a 44 which is roughly 9.5 in old money). The colour seems to be spot on, a nice dark chocolate brown, and the shape seems close to the Ryder’s.” Thanks for the share!
Savile Row Brown Suede Chukka Boot: on sale for £65.00
Amazon UK has the Savile Row Brown Suede Chukka Boot is on sale for £65.00. They claim the boots are bench made and handcrafted (but don’t say where that took place). And they seem to only come in whole sizes. Still, they look like a good match for the originals. Like the Hamptons and the Herrings, it has a rubber studded sole. You can also check them out on the company’s website or if you’re in the U.S. you can find them on Amazon here for $84.00. Just be aware that sizing options are getting really low on all sites!
Options under $200
A nice simple 2 eyelet model from Herring. Comes with a Blake-stitched, rubber-studded, Dainite-like sole for a more SA look. They’ve also gone with a leather-lining with a full leather insole. This particular model is made in Portugal and Herring has lots of sizes in stock.
To Boot New York Curry Chukkas: on sale for $162.99
I’ve been using a To Boot suede chukkas as my Ryder III alternatives for almost 4 years now. And I have to say that the quality has impressed me. However, unlike mine, the Curry Chukkas have that leather trim running down the edges which makes the boots look … let’s be generous and say “fashion forward”. I completely understand if that will be a deal breaker for some of you. But, again, great quality for the price! 6pm.com has sizes 7 to 10 in stock, with a few gaps.
If you have a favorite alternative for the Church’s Ryder III chukkas, feel free to share it in the comments!