Normally I’d agree that classics should just be left as they are, but not in this instance. These modified Sanders chukkas that Mark McNairy has done are spot-on.
I can’t speak for the rest of the Proper personnel, but I actually prefer these to the Sanders originals. All that Mr. McNairy has really done here is made the toes a bit less pointy and chukked (get it?) a lip around the top of the sole, but these two tasteful tweaks have made all the difference for me.
I tried a pair of originals on a while ago, in the hope that they’d look like they did on Steve McQueen‘s feet. But they didn’t. I looked like I was off to a smart-casual networking event.
McNairy has undoubtedly given these chukkas an injection of Americana, but rest assured: they are still made right here in England, by Sanders, in the same place as always (Northamptonshire to be precise).
So bite the Bullitt now, and get some.