2017 Adult Hawthorne Chukka - Hickory

Boasting a clean, structured look that belies its incredible lightness and flexibility, the ultra-versatile Hawthorne Chukka has the form and function to carry you comfortably through any occasion!

Sizing Note: this shoe fits snugly. If you are between sizes then we recommend ordering the larger size.

Availability: In stock

Price $190.00

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Price $190.00
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This latest addition to our casual footwear line turns you into a barefoot ninja, enabling you to slip in and out of client meetings, date nights, and fine dining establishments without wearing shoes…or at least feeling that way. The Hawthorne adeptly walks the line between rugged and polished, freeing you from ever having to wear stiff, heavy, uncomfortable “dress shoes” again! And since we know you’ll want to wear them forever, we’ve made them out of a rich and supple Dublin leather, featuring a unique waxed finish for added resilience--they can even be resoled! These beautiful Hickory brown boots are handmade, so please allow 3-6 business days for your order to be completed and shipped…don’t worry, they’re worth the wait ;) 

Our 2017 Hawthorne Chukkas are now made with a suede innersole.

  • Made in USA: designed and handcrafted in Oregon using US-sourced materials
  • Sustainably designed: resolable by your local cobbler!
  • Breathable and lightweight: approximately 9oz per shoe
  • Flexible zero drop sole between toe and heel with excellent groundfeel
  • Features 8mm Geo sole with 4mm leather midsole. Total outersole: 12mm
  • Suede innersole.
  • Spacious toe box allows feet to stretch comfortably
  • Can be worn with or without socks
  • Premium, responsibly-sourced leathers

Getting cold feet? We also offer sheepskin innersoles specifically designed for the Hawthorne Chukka!

Sorry, but the Hawthorne Chukka is not available as a custom shoe.

Customer Reviews

Great replacement for CDB Review by Seth
Love these things. Bought as minimalist alternative to desert boot and will never go back. Have had them for about 3 months now and wear approx 3 times per week to work. I typically wear a size 10 in most shoes and went with an 11 wide in these. I could have probably gone 11 standard, but I don't mind the extra width, especially with a slightly thicker sock like I normally wear to work. I would consider these the most comfortable pair of shoes I currently own. The leather is pretty soft so my only concern is long term durability. Mind you, I have no reason to question the durability at this point as they are still pretty new--just the one concern I would have for the long haul. I think with intelligent care and occasional treatment of the leather, these should last a while. (Posted on 3/17/17)
The actual perfect shoe Review by Jillaine
I received my chukka boots about 2 weeks ago and have worn them every day since. They fit absolutely perfect, they are the most comfortable shoe I've ever put on my foot, and they keep my feet surprisingly warm. They look fantasic with everything that i wear and can comfortably go anywhere. They've gone through snowy -12+ degrees so far wonderfully and will be taking me all around Europe this summer. I typically wear size 8 or 8 1/2, I ordered a (women's) 9 and they fit perfectly to my foot. No uncomfortable breaking in, no sore feet, just pure shoe bliss. (Posted on 2/3/17)
Soft Review by Jerrie
I buy a pair of minimal shoes every time I run another 1,000 miles barefooted. This helps me feel I am barefooted when I have on shoes.
The Hawthorne Chukka - Hickorys are for my 4,000 mile reward. They are light, soft, comfortable. I am enjoying them and receive questions and compliments each time I wear them. They feel better each time I put them on.

Note from the Elves: WOW Jerrie!! Congrats on all your barefooting miles!! (Posted on 1/17/17)
Best Shoes Review by Colin
I have previously been unable to wear minimalist shoes... which were often to tight, narrow and uncomfortable for me feet. These shoes, ordered in 'wide' were absolutely perfect and are more comfortable by the day. (Posted on 1/13/17)
Ridiculously comfortable and perfect Review by Kevin
I've loved these shoes from the moment I got them. They look great, feel great, have terrific quality, and are truly minimalist. My only advice is to be careful wearing these in wet weather; they don't repel water very well, which might be by design. I'm planning to try some wax on the leather in the future. All in all, a fantastic boot and one that I plan to buy over and over again! (Posted on 1/9/17)
My favorite shoes Review by Nathaniel
I love the classic look of these shoes, it's hard to even tell they are minimalist. They are some of the most comfortable shoes I own and they look great with just about everything. The leather is incredibly soft and they are ready to wear right out of the box, they don't take any time to break in. The thickness of the sole is great, theyre thin enough to feel the ground and have great flexibility, but thick enough so that walking on rough surfaces like gravel is still comfortable.
I only have two minor worries with the shoe. One, there is a small tag on the sole inside each shoe which I can feel poking me through my socks. It makes them slightly annoying to wear without the suede insoles. Two, the eyelets for the laces have no reinforcement and I'm not sure how they will hold up in the long run. These two issues are so small though I don't think they're enough reason to give less than a five star review due to comfort, style, and quality of these shoes! (Posted on 1/2/17)
Great option for minimalist boots Review by Lynette
I've been embracing the barefoot shoe lifestyle since March. However a majority of that time has been warm, dry weather, perfect for sandals and ballet flats. Now that fall weather has arrived, I needed something to keep my feet warm without compromising my sense of style. These boots fit the bill. Comfortable and fashionable enough. It's hard to breakaway from the thought that shoes need a heel to be stylish on a woman, but the comfort and design of these are helping me to be confident in my new style. (Posted on 11/11/16)
Beautiful shoes Review by Sarah
Beautiful, soft, comfortable. My favorite shoes ever. I got them, along with sheepskin inner soles, as the weather cooled here in the Pacific northwest. I treated them with Bee Natural Leathercare to help with the rain. They've kept up pretty well! I wear women's size 12 extra narrow. They fit like a dream and the quality of the materials and craftsmanship speak for themselves. (Posted on 11/6/16)
Exceedingly pleased! Review by Hillbilly
Ive been wearing these boots non-stop since receiving them. They are exactly what I've been looking for. Theyre stylish and functional, suitable for wearing with my Sunday's best, but just as appropriate with jeans and a t shirt. Having worn runamocs for years now I had high expectations for these and they have definitely surpassed my expectations! These even work well for running to catch the bus in the morning! They took a day or so to stretch out but were comfortable right out of the box. I'm almost afraid to scuff them or get them dirty, I don't want them to wear down :( Anyway, im very happy with these. Thanks for another quality offering! (Posted on 10/17/16)
Quite Comfortable Review by Bambi
I have a small foot (men's 5 1/2). How nice it was to find a shoemaker who makes shoes to my size.
The shoes are so comfortable, just the right length and with a wide toe box.
I had to send one pair back b/c, to my amazement, they were too short. There was no hassle at all. I received the right size shoes promptly. Great customer service.
(Posted on 4/28/16)
Just gorgeous Review by Clarissa
I love these shoes so much! They are great for city walking--very flexible, flat, wide toe box, but just a bit springier than other Soft Stars I've tried. And they are quite flattering to my very large (women's size 11) feet. The leather is beautiful, too. (Posted on 2/24/16)
Love my new shoes! Review by Jocelyn
These shoes are so, so soft and wonderful on my feet. I don't want to wear anything else. And they may be comfortable, but they don't look like "comfortable" shoes (which are usually horribly ugly). I'm so happy that I no longer have to sacrifice style for happy feet! The leather is beautiful and is holding up well to winter (I treated them before wearing them outside in the salt and slush). I have a 7U and usually wear a women's 8, and these are a tad big on me, but I never tried the smaller size (I feared that it would be too small). After tripping over the toes a few times my feet have gotten used to the size and I appreciate how much nice space there is for my toes to be free. I will buy another pair of Soft Stars as soon as I can manage it. (Posted on 2/14/16)
My husband's favorite shoes Review by Michigan Minimalist
My husband previously bought another pair of Soft Stars for work... I don't remember what they were called, but he liked them okay. Now, he wants these in black and brown. He says that while he loves his other Soft Stars, these are his favorites and feels they look extremely professional. I agree. During the first week we got these shoes, we got stuck in Chicago during a winter storm and the streets flooded. As we had no other shoes with us, these things were submerged completely in icy/salty water on and off for hours. Though they certainly look worn now, they stood up to the conditions and are still wearable. I am bummed that happened, but we will be buying more of this shoe. (Posted on 1/4/16)
Insanely comfortable Review by MarthaCalifornia
I own several styles of Soft Star shoes and I think these are my favorites. Insanely comfortable right out of the box. Worn the first time for several hours with no break-in at all. The hickory leather is a classic chukka color. The onyx is beautiful too, almost dressy. I wish they came in a nice dark blue! (Posted on 12/11/15)
Yeah! Review by Ann
Really glad to have a minimal shoe with a more rugged tread on the sole. Thrilled that they are available in the wide width!!!!!!! They are comfortable. I do wish for more room around the big toe. I ordered the wide width, as I always do. I have the kind of big toe that sort of sticks up . . . you can almost always see the outline of my big toe nail through my shoes. That is the place my shoes wear out first. I've worn these about 15 times now, for one to several hours each time. There are still tighter than I'd like over the big toe. Other than that these are great shoes. VERY nice looking. I've gotten several compliments on them. Keep up the great work, Soft Star! FYI: I did try a size bigger, but they were too long. (Posted on 12/8/15)
Fabulous! Review by Christine
I adore my new Hickory Chukkas! The color is luscious, the fit is great (Soft Star size 9N, my usual Soft Star size). I love the thicker soles, feel so comfy walking around. I’m so glad I splurged and bought these! They’re fabulous - it's true, these chukkas are just right! (Posted on 12/4/15)
Just right! Review by Becky L.
I'd been searching for a minimalist/barefoot chukka-style shoe for a while now and was thrilled when Soft Star unveiled their latest design. I wear a 5U in Soft Stars (I'm usually a women's size 6) and initially ordered "up" in this style as recommended, but realized that the 6U would be too large once the leather stretched. Now after wearing my 5U's for several weeks, I can say I'm glad I went with my regular size. At first, the toe box area was a little tight, but now the shoe overall is perfect...fits my foot like a soft glove with a more substantial sole. I've worn thinner socks with them, but I imagine they'd be fine barefoot, too. I added sheepskin insoles to mine (after allowing the shoes to stretch out first), making my feet slip less and adding softness and a little warmth. The hickory color is a perfect brown to go with everything! The only thing I'd wish for would be shorter laces...a problem I have with many shoes in my smaller size. I'm hoping these hold out for years to come...they're just what I wanted.

Note from the Elves: Thanks Becky! You might want to try our leather laces as you can trim them to whatever length you would like! Also we might have some shorter laces available for you, but probably not in the same waxed version you have now. (Posted on 12/2/15)
Style AND comfort! Review by Kikki
With or without socks these are hands down the most comfortable shoes I have ever owned. I occasionally feel a tiny bit of rubbing from the seam near the instep, but this likely has to do with the fact that my feet are high volume with low arches; regardless, there has so far been no irritation associated with this, it's just something I have noticed. I wish I could justify buying the other two colors right now!! These have instantly become my go-to everyday shoe. The leather softly hugs the feet, and the insole/vibram geo combo feels comfortable without being too squishy. I love my Hawthorne Chukkas! (Posted on 10/29/15)
Classically Cool, CRAZY Comfortable! Review by Jana
I am a Soft Star "Elf" and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to do an advance review of the Hawthorne Chukka. I was SUPER excited to try the shoe, as I really love taking traditional "men's" fashion pieces and putting my own spin on them. I chose the the red, "Currant" color because I thought they would make a bold-yet-classy statement; boy, was I right! I receive compliments every time I wear them, and I wear them constantly! They look great with jeans and a fitted flannel, but my favorite way to show them off is sock-less with a dress or skirt. All of my friends, both men and women, want a pair, especially after I take them off and let them feel how, soft, light, and flexible they are!

The sole has a classic, traditional look while still giving me great ground feel– they are perfect for keeping me out of the puddles now that the rainy Pacific Northwest winter is on its way. The Vibram GEO soles feel great after all day on my feet and walking around town. The innersole is a very beautiful, smooth leather (looks very dressy) but is new and different from my Soft Star experience with suede soles. I tried adding a sheepskin innersole. When the shoes were new, this felt too snug and I took them out – but now that I have been wearing the shoes for a few months they have stretched a little - I added the sheepskin innersoles back in and feel like I have a warm winter boot in the package of a dress shoe. I also like the smooth innersole now – just was different from what I expected. They look great after 2 months of continuous wear. You've GOT to try this shoe :)

(Posted on 10/6/15)

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Unsure about your size? Our printable guide will help you find the best fit for your feet! Just click the button below to print the guide and follow the instructions on the page (if you don't have access to a printer then scroll down for another option).

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You can still measure feet using the method below (also shown in our sizing videos). You can then scroll down and see where your measurements fall on our sizing charts to find the recommended shoe size. All you need is a book, a tape measure and a wall.

Note: we no longer recommend tracing your feet because it usually gives a larger measurement than the method described below. Our sizing charts work in accordance with the following method.

To measure your feet:

  1. 1. Remove shoes and socks and place the bare foot so that the heel is barely touching a wall.
  2. 2. Place a book in on the floor, parallel to the wall, so that it is barely touching the front of the longest toe.
  3. 3. Step away carefully and measure the distance from the book to the wall.
  4. 4. Scroll down and look for this measurement on the sizing charts below to find the recommended shoe size.


Once you find your length measurement, you can use table below to best find your corresponding size.


Wide/Narrow: Trouble deciding your width? Our best recommendation is to order a wide or narrow only if you have found you need those custom widths in other brands for your feet to be comfortable. If you have never found you needed wide or narrow shoes before then we suggest sticking with our regular width.

Style notes:

If you find yourself between two shoe sizes, we recommend ordering the larger size. This is especially true of our adult Phoenix Boots, Portlanders and Rogue casual shoes, which run a bit small.

Care Tips for Full Grain Leather Shoes


Soft Star Shoes are made from eco-friendly leathers tanned in the USA. Leather is a natural product and some variation in texture and hide markings is to be expected. Because we use leather colored with non-toxic food grade dyes, there will likely be some initial color transfer to your socks or skin if your shoes become damp. This will decrease with use, but we don't recommend wearing your new Soft Stars with your favorite white socks the first time you take them for a spin. 


If your shoes are a little snug at first in the toe box area, you can gently stretch them by stuffing the toe box with a dry cloth. Push the cloth tightly into the front of the shoe and let sit stuffed overnight to stretch. Do not use a damp cloth as the water can stain the leather or innersole of some leather types, rendering it non-returnable.



Most full grain leather we use is naturally water resistant, but our special vegetable-tanned leather (available only by custom selection on some of our design-your-own shoes) is a "naked" leather and will stain from water alone. You can clean shoes as needed with water dampened cloth and let air dry, but please note if you do this on vegetable-tanned leather then you will need to wet/stain the entire shoe to avoid water marks. Condition the leather as often as desired with any quality leather dressing, but be careful to keep it away from the edges of your rubber soles. Do not use mink oil on your shoes, as it can degrade the adhesion on bonded soles and cause the sole to separate from your shoe over time. We highly recommend Bee Natural Amore for general conditioning or Rain & Snow on leather for enhanced water resistance. The color on shiny metallic shoes will eventually patina with use into an antique wear look, which can be accelerated with repeated use to water and high wear (e.g. scuffing toes).



We do not recommend frequent washing of any leather product as it strips the leather of it's natural oils and tends to dry stiffer. For all of our leathers (except vegetable-tanned) you can clean by hand with a damp cloth, or if needed you can hand wash your leather shoes using a gentle shampoo and cool water. Let them air dry. Do not attempt to dry your shoes by exposing them to high heat, such as a clothes dryer, a hair dryer or by leaving them on a radiator or next to a fire. Doing so may damage leather or rubber soles.


We are often asked if our shoes can be washed in a washing machine. While not recommended as a normal course of action, when in dire straits the Elves have been known to toss a pair of shoes in the machine and generally have had good results. Just don't mix them with any other item because of color bleeding. Shoes with sheepskin can take 3-4 days to air dry if fully submerged in water, but you can speed up the drying by stuffing with old newspapers and replacing the paper twice a day.