A Closer Look: John Doe Shoes –Tan Dover Chukka Boot
This review has been a while in the making now. I chatted with the guys over at JDS a few months ago, and they told me they had a Chukka boot on its way in a full grain leather – it is supposed to be an upgrade from their inaugural line. I jumped at the chance to give these a go because I was in the market for a versatile chukka that could be worn with trousers or jeans – these definitely fit the bill. I covered the shipping on these bad boys, but I can tell you I would not have minded paying the full price.
Now, this is my first time trying out John Doe Shoes so I can’t compare the quality of this boot from their previous shoes, but I was definitely impressed with the quality right out the box. I was a bit skeptical on the chilli-ish color of the boot, but I have found it to be better looking in person and incredibly versatile. I was surprised how well they worked with my POW suit. They are definitely a nice change of pace with casual wear, as well – giving the brogues and Clarks a nice break.
I gave the Dover Chukka Boots a challenging first run when I wore them in less than ideal weather conditions: rain, wind, cold, etc. They took on that test admirably, and I was very impressed with how they held up, for the most part, against the elements. The danite rubber sole is definitely ideal, and was a big draw personally, for the rain – and the fact that these pair nicely with a suit and other more tailored attire, these are great. There was a decent amount of wrinkling in the leather that I was a little disappointed with for the first wear, but I am sure the rain did not help that cause. Other than that, they have held up great and are extremely comfortable.
Goodyear welted, full grain leather uppers, full leather lining and danite rubber sole help to make this made in Mexico shoe pretty solid. These aren’t $500 boots, but in the $150 (+ free shipping!) ballpark, these are a pretty solid buy. I can say with confidence that these will be in heavy rotation for the colder months ahead. I cannot speak for their other shoes (even though they have some decent looking models), but I am a fan of these boots, and I would like to thank the guys over at John Doe Shoes for the opportunity. Keep up the good work, and you will be sure to see these bad boys in future posts to come!