SPECIAL EDITION 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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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 3-6 business days for your order to be completed and shipped.

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

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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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).

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."


Want more details? Check out this video for visual step-by-step instructions:

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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 and Rogue casual shoes, which run a bit small.

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.