How to Care for Chukka Boots

by Lee Weal

Chukka boots, sometimes known as desert boots, are a classic style of footwear that has been popular since the 1950s. Chukka boots are ankle-length, have sturdy rubber soles, and are made from unlined suede cowhide. The proper care and cleaning helps well-made chukka boots retain their classic good looks over the life of the shoe.

Items you will need

  • Shoe trees
  • Soft-bristled suede brush
  • Suede eraser, pencil eraser or eraser cleaning pad
  • Water- and stain-repellent spray
Step 1

Place shoe trees in chukka boots between wearings. Shoe trees help footwear to retain its shape over the long term.

Step 2

Brush the chukka boots occasionally with a soft-bristled suede brush to clean off surface dirt. Brush with the nap rather than against it.

Step 3

Spot clean stains and rub away shiny areas with a suede eraser. An ordinary pencil eraser or eraser cleaning pad can substitute for a suede eraser.

Step 4

Stuff rain-soaked chukka boots with crumbled paper towels and allow them to dry naturally. Keep them away from heat sources while they are drying as uneven heat may pull them out of shape or burn the material. Once they are dry, brush in the direction of the nap with a soft-bristled brush.

Step 5

Apply a waterproofing stain-repellent spray according to the manufacturer's directions.

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About the Author

Lee Weal began writing and editing online content as a corporate intranet administrator in 2000 and was also the publisher and editor of a monthly employee newsletter. Her articles specialize in children's issues and home improvement.