Adult Hawthorne Chukka - Nubuck Indigo

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. This special edition Chukka is available in Indigo Nubuck leather for a limited time!

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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Available for a limited time, these special edition Hawthorne Chukkas are made with our soft and durable Nubuck leather in a rich Indigo color. Nubuck has the tough, protective qualities of a top grain leather with a touch of the softness you normally get from suede.

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 Indigo boots are handmade, so please allow up to 10 business days for your order to be completed and shipped.

Our 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

Amazing shoes but run large Review by Wednesday
I am normally size 9.5 but since there was a recommendation for ordering up I did. Well, the boots are so incredibly comfortable and well made and beautiful that I started wearing them even so they where too big. Now I can't return them but I love them so much that I will order size 9 in hopes that it won't be too large and wear my size 10 with thick socks in colder weather. I most definitely are not finding them fitting snugly - they are very roomy, stretchy and bigger then normal sizing. (Posted on 4/19/18)
Beautiful, comfortable, well made Review by DC
I have many other Softstar’s I love. I was not sure about this style but I liked the color so much I ordered them. I am so happy, they are beautiful and the style is better in person than pictures. Just like my other shoes from Softstar, they are super comfortable. My first pair 2 years ago took some adjusting but they are still just as comfortable, going strong. (Posted on 2/20/18)
These Blue Suede Chukkas Started It All! Review by Tee
I have left reviews on the brown and red/currant chukkas. But these truly started EVERYTHING. Stumbling on the site in my search for good-looking foot healthy shoes for women, I saw the picture of these blue suede beauties in the line-up and fell completely in love. I read the reviews for all of the chukkas, because, well, 4 reviews are not enough for me. The others, being that they are standard colors and not special editions, have been around longer and racked up more reviews. Anyway, these shoes are every bit as beautiful in person. They seem to fit just a little more snug than the other 3 pair, then then again, the brown feels just a stitch more narrow than the black and currant pair. Oh, wait. . . I did not tell you? I got these shoes in EVERY color? I sure did and don't regret not one bit of it. Funny thing is, while I may get shoes in two colors, but never every color - especially not at the cost of these. That is saying something.

Besides solid good looks, these are very well made and so comfortable. These are certainly making my switch (about 2 months now, with only 1 day in conventional shoes about 1.5 months ago during that entire time) so much easier. Because it is certainly hard to find really nice looking casual/office passable foot-healthy shoes for women. I get tons of compliments, especially on these and the currant colors. (Posted on 1/11/18)
Pure Love Review by Susanne
The Blue chukkas are incredible!!! I would like them in a red wine color and in a turquoise and in an army green, I hope you will eventually offer them in custom or change the color each year. I have truly fallen in love with these shoes. Thank you thank you, thank you for offering them in this delicious blue color!!! Softstars have changed my life, my feet are soooo happy! (Posted on 12/23/17)
Love the color! Review by Suzanne
I have pairs of the Hawthorne Chukkas in other colors—so I already knew how extremely comfortable they are for someone on their feet all day. The Indigo color and nubuck leather make these special. I love the color. The nubuck leather is especially soft and comfy to wear. More people have been noticing and commenting on these. I have provided info on how to get to your web site, so I hope this boosts your sales (want you to stay in business). (Posted on 12/20/17)
Wow!! So happy with these. Review by Karin
There are lots of Hawthorne reviews with the regular colors, and I read them carefully and thought hard about whether these would work for me. They seem a little pricey, but I liked the blue color in the photo, and the idea of nubuck which I thought might make them feel softer than smooth leather. I emailed the Elves and got sizing advice too, noting that they run small.
I am delighted with these, they are as comfortable and light as I hoped, and they are almost as accommodating of my wide and sensitive feet as my slouchier Soft Star styles. They are also really good looking, and I have gotten a number of compliments on them. The blue color is really versatile. It seems to blend nicely with anything. They are a good compromise in a lot of ways. They look and feel fine with or without socks, they work with pants and skirts. The sole is sturdy without being stiff or heavy -- I think they will be great for cool weather travel. (Posted on 12/12/17)
The indigo color is lovely with jeans Review by Anne
This is my first pair of Softstar shoes, being new to the minimalist sole after having some bunion issues from tight tennis shoes worn with thick orthotics. I am so happy with my wide pair of indigo Chukkas. They arrived one week or so after ordering and it was just like Christmas when they came in the mail. The color is nice and deep, and I did add a protective spray which only made them deeper. I got the fleece insole and in a few weeks can wear them with socks, without, and even with the Correct Toes. I can't say enough how happy this process was for me. Thank you Elves from my tired but now happier and colorful feet. I get many compliments on how cute and well made they are too! (Posted on 11/21/17)

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Find Your Size!

You can measure your feet at home using a book, a ruler and a wall. You can then see where the measurement fits on our charts below to find the recommended Softstar shoe size.

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 your 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 and Rogue casual shoes, which run a bit small.

Printable Stand-On Size Guides

We recommend using the measuring method shown above for the most accurate sizing, but if you'd like a simpler method then you may want to try our printable size guide. Just print the guide below and follow the instructions on the page.

Note: before you print the guide, make sure your printer settings will not shrink or scale the page. Uncheck any boxes labeled "Fit to Printable Area" and/or set scaling options to "None."


Care Tips for Nubuck Shoes


Softstar Shoes are made from eco-friendly, tanned in USA leathers. Leather is a natural product and some variation in texture and markings is to be expected. Because we use natural food grade dyes in our leather, there will likely be some initial color transference to your socks or skin if your shoes become damp. This will decrease with use, but please do not wear 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 across the top of the toes, you can gently stretch them by stuffing the toe box with a slightly damp rag. Push the cloth tightly into the front of the shoe (don't worry, you won't hurt it). Let the stuffing sit in the shoes overnight to stretch the leather.



Use a damp cloth to remove dirt. You can also choose to use a Nubuck protector leathercare product. While not necessary, it will help keep your shoes looking new over time. Do not use generic leather care products on Nubuck, but only those specifically formulated for this type of leather. Products for full grain or smooth leather will be too oily and may permanently darken and mat suede fibers. Please do not use mink oil on any Softstar shoes as t will mat the fibers of our natural leather and will break down the soling adhesive on styles that have bonded soles.



We do not recommend frequent washing of any leather product because it will strip the leather of it's natural oils and cause it to dry stiffer. When a damp cloth is not enough, you can try hand washing your Nubuck shoes with a gentle shampoo and cool water, then 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. Be sure to give your wet shoes ample time to air dry. Shoes with sheepskin can take 3-4 days to air dry if fully submerged in water, but you can speed up the drying process by stuffing them with old newspapers and replacing the paper twice a day.