Pink Floyd is undoubtedly among rock royalty. Their music has touched the lives of millions of people around the world. The English rock band hail from Kings Cross, London, and are distinguished by their use of philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, extended compositions, elaborate live shows and… their Chukka boots.
Back in the late 1960s, Pink Floyd gained popularity by performing in London’s underground music scene. During their early years in London, a staple of the band’s image was their beloved Chukka boots. Perhaps better known for its links to Jamaican culture, the Chukka boot has long been a mainstay of British footwear. Practical yet suave, the shoe aptly reflects the rock ‘n roll aesthetic of the ‘60s.
Originally derived from the sport of polo, the Chukka boot was (and still is) the perfect way to bridge the gap between the battered trainer and the polished brogue. The boot’s origins are evidenced by its name—a ‘chukka’ is a period in polo. But Pink Floyd took this polo shoe and made it their own. From this, the shoe’s rarefied appeal went mainstream.