When breaking down Steve McQueen's style one of the main talking points is his fondness for brown suede desert boots. He wore a bunch of different styles and brands both on screen and off, but I'd like to chat briefly about the desert boots seen in the classic 1968 film Bullitt.
[Pictures courtesy of Steve McQueen Style.]
Apparently, the boots seen above are Hutton Original Playboys. Hutton went out of business in the 1970's, but licensed the style and name to a Swedish brand. Over the years the license changed hands a few times with the shoes being sold in the USA under the name "Players" due to legal issues surrounding the use of the term "Playboy" - seems Hugh Hefner wasn't a big fan of desert boots. Today you can buy an almost exact copy of the original style from Sanders who have been producing their own model for a few years. While the construction of the Original Playboy and Sanders' suede chukka boot does differ, stylistically the two shoes are nearly identical. I swear by my Clarks (I am actually wearing a pair as I type this), but for anyone trying to stay ahead of the ubiquitous McQueen style curve Sanders looks like the way to go.