Updated on April 16th, 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.
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 $120? 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!
Timberland EK Brook Park in Dark Brown Suede: $64.95 to $140.00
It’s time to play “What’s the price in my size?” On Amazon, a size 9 is going for $83.60. The advantage with the Brook Parks is Daniel Craig has also been seen wearing them. Sizing is starting to get a little spotty.
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. It’s also leather-lined with a full leather insole. This particular model is made in Portugal and Herring has lots of sizes in stock.
Savile Row Brown Suede Chukka Boot: on sale for £125.00
Amazon UK has the Savile Row Brown Suede Chukka Boot is on sale for £125.00. Claims to be bench made and handcrafted (doesn’t say where that took place) and seems to only come in whole sizes. Still, it looks 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 $162.00.
The “Think Different” Option
I’m also going to give a thumbs up to the Geox U Brayden 2FIT ABX boots. Yes, they have 3 eyelets and a sportier looking sole. But I had a pair of Geox (the model the Brayden replaced) for 7 years, and they were great boots; super quality (the sole finally blew out in late 2015) and highly water resistant without being too hot. If you’re a more active type, I suggest you take a good look at them. The Braydens are going for $210.00 on the Geox site, but you can find them for cheaper if you hunt around.
If you have a favorite alternative for the Church’s Ryder III chukkas, feel free to share it in the comments!