Now normally, I’m with Herb Lester, in preferring the playboy in a chukka. There’s something nice and solid about the feeling of facing the world in a good pair of suede chukka boots.
However, these Eaton Clubman shoes look so nice I had to post this vintage 1958 advertisement from the trade papers. It’s worth noting too, that this earlier model of the Eaton playboy has the leather piped welt at the top of the foxing. Later models used a moulded crepe foxing that gave only the impression of being goodyear welted.
A chukka model is also listed in the advertisement, but something I’ve never seen in the flesh. In Britain in 1958 these shoes were part of the slow morphing from the Edwardian style, through the Tony Curtis and Italian look, into modernism.
This ad came from the simple but effective website of the Rushden Heritage Society. Just look how many shoe manufacturers existed in one tiny Northamptonshire town in the 50s and early 60s. Also of interest is the extent to which the American post war look dominated these British fashion brands.
Rushden Heritage website here