If you wanted a boat shoe chukka about five years ago you were shit outta luck. Outside of Quoddy and a few other small brands, the style was extremely hard to come by. Thanks to brands at the forefront of the Americana/heritage movement, such as Rogues Gallery and J. Crew, various styles of deck boots soon became as ubiquitous as boat shoes themselves. Today, the boat shoe chukka is officially mainstream, or at least, mainstream in the small community of menswear enthusiasts (for lack of a better term) that this blog operates in. For those of us who enjoy boat shoes this is most definitely a good thing. Boat shoes are traditionally a seasonal shoe best left for S/S, but by adding some height make a pretty good alternative to various other fall footwear. Sperry has just done up a bunch of new Authentic Original (the finest "mainstream" boat shoe in my opinion) chukkas in suede and red brick for F/W 2010. I guess this is an affirmation that Sperry is sticking with their new RBS styles that debuted earlier this year. I like these kicks a lot, especially when pitted against more expensive chukka styles on the market. And with all the color options available shouldn't tread water with your already established fall footwear.