Chukka Shoe Testimonials

I had to return a pair of chukkas that rubbed both heels and replaced them without additional charge to me with a pair of Sporting Clays that are in a brown color.  They do not announce them selves appearance wise,  except to say entirely sensible.   To wear they are today what they were 6 months ago of weekly wear, exactly the same: sure footed and cradling my feet daily in 10 hours of comfort.  
Thanks for doing what you do.
George Frazier


I received and have been wearing the PHC’s. They are comfortable, well built, with good quality and workmanship.  They are well worth the expense.


Wonderful, just wonderful! My new all time favorite shoe. Once again you have failed miserably to provide a shoe I am willing to return. I have no idea why you include those return instructions in the box.

I thought it could not get any better than my Art Carter's, but these Sporting Clay Chukka's are the bee's knees. The color was selected unseen, and I love it. The leather has the balance of toughness and flexability that I wanted, and the fit is just that wee bit snug you want in a hand sewn shoe to start with.

I like everything - the color, choice of leather, the fit without a heel counter, the tongue (not totally sold yet on the bellows tongue in the Art Carters), the fit around the ankle, the flexability - everything.

OK, I have to find something to criticize; let me think... Oh yeah, the laces are a little long. Sorry, that's all I've got. I got two different pairs of laces by the way - one pair woven cotton, the other round nylon. Is that normal?

I bought these for knock-around general work; but I bet this leather in this color would be a really handsome with an oak leather mid-sole.

We look forward to coming to see you on May 6. My wife is interested in getting measured for the B14-7W or 13 7W. I trust you can do these in a women's size? I am going to ask for advice on something for heavy duty outdoor work.

Thank everyone for me, please. You cannot imagine what it means to me.

Mark Tharp

"Thank you for all of your help and advice. The boots are great, plus they smell good. As I told you on the telephone I have wanted a pair of Russell boots since 1962. You cannot know how thrilled I am. I am looking forward to my next pair of Russell Moccasin's. Thanks again for the wonderful service."

Henry Schwartze - California
chukkas.jpg"These boots are the best thing I have ever put on my feet. They have walked snowy cornfields chasing ringnecks in South Dakota and dusty dove fields in Texas and Mexicoxsnuck through timber in Missouri after whitetails and gobblers and been at walleye shore lunches on rocky spruce covered islands in Ontarioxbut today, like on many days they on my feet in my office at an advertising agency in downtown Chicago! They couldn’t be better!!!"
Thanks JTM

PS: I think I have 5 different pairs of Russells but these are my favorites.-
J. T. Mapel - Illinois
"Several months ago I received a pair of Chukka boots from your company. These shoes are the first shoes I have been able to wear since being left with serious edema as a result of an operation on my knees. Finally, after several years of therapy my feet have returned almost to normal, so you can imagine how good it feels to finally have shoes on again...and they fit! Enclosed is an order form and new measurements for additional shoes. Should you find that the measurements differ from those previously submitted to you, please err on the side of caution and go with the larger measurements. Thanks for helping me feel human again.

Leonard (Jay) Sweeney, Jr. - NH
“Dear Friends,
My new Art Carters are wearing in nicely.  I’ve worn them every day since they arrived.  I think it is a miracle, (and given my vocation, I use that as a technical term),  that people that I have met only via a 1,000 mile telephone connection, (using a tracing of my feet and a list of measurements), can make boots that fit me as perfectly as my Russell Moccasins do.  It is as though the boot makers knew where my feet hurt ---as thought they had seen me wince and hear me grumble as I walked---and then made the Art Carters to answer every sore spot and stone bruise and stretched tendon in my feet and ankles.  Now I have my knee-high Cavaliers to hunt in and my Art Carters for dressy casual wear.  Both are a comfort and a pleasure to wear.  And let me assure you that they won’t be the last Russell Moccasins I order.  Please thank the skillful geniuses who made my Art Carters.  Thanks SO much!”

The Re’d Frank B.  Crumbaugh III -- New Jersey
“I received my new black ostrich chukkas with zebra skin inlays earlier this week and they are the most beautiful boots I have ever seen, not to mention the most comfortable pair of shoes I have ever worn.  I look forward to wearing them at the many trade shows I work throughout the year!  Thank you for the great job you did on the boots!  I am going on an alligator hunt next month and look forward to getting another pair of chukkas made out of gator!  Thanks again!”

Melissa Juneski  -- Minnesota
“I received my new Art Carter Traveling Sportsman chukka boots on Monday. They meet or exceed all my expectations for quality construction and fit with the comfort of my bedroom slippers, right out of the box. I told my wife that if indeed they ‘bury me with my boots on’, these are the boots I want to be wearing.”

“Dave Kalkwarf, Iowa
“I received my Chukka boots on February 24 and they fit. I have been wearing them daily and they have adjusted to my feet. I forgot that they are real shoes, not some ‘made-in-China’ things and that they needed to be broken in. They feel fine and are very comfortable. Thanks for your craftsmanship. I look forward to ordering more shoes/boots in the future. I will certainly recommend you to my friends and associates.”

Oliver Cromer, Virgina
“I just wanted to send my thanks after receiving the Sporting Clays Chukkas that I ordered in January. I have ordered some of your boots off of the sale list before but these were the first that were made to measure. I have arthritis in one hip and will need it replaced in the next year and it is amazing how much difference these shoes make in relieving the pain. I like to walk every day and these make such a difference. I have a pair of Safari Club 1745-cb and I thought I might send them in to have some lite- line soles put on and see if they could be widened a bit. Thanks again for the great product. God bless.”

Mike Shaughnessy
"Just got my Premier African Sport Chukka order today and had to write to tell you 'thanks'. Excellent comfort, quality and fit. So far, perfect in every way. Very happy with the prompt service too. If they wear as well as I've heard, I'll be ordering some other models soon."

Gary Steiner, California
Dear Ralph and All at Russell, "Just received my new Art Carter Chukkas and they are a perfect fit...comfortable too. Your efforts are appreciated."

Ed Walter, New York
"I wanted to take a moment to compliment you on my recent order of the Kangaroo Chukkas. With my large bunions on both feet, these are the best that you have ever done and I am very grateful for your craftsmanship."

T. Preston Shepherd, M.D. - Tennessee
"Ralph, My chukkas arrived today and I am well pleased. This 'ole Southern boy just wants to say Thanks for your help!"

Robert Baird, Mississippi
"Dear Ralph, I want to thank you for the new boots, they fit perfectly and perform even better. They arrived the day before we took a trip to Wisconsin and we did a good amount of hiking there for a couple weeks. Also did some hiking on the way back here. Even without breaking in, they were comfortable, dry and very nice to hike in. They were a huge improvement over my old boots, they were worth waiting for, I can assure you. Again, thank you for the effort you put into this."

Karl Kindel
“I want to say how terrific my Art Carter Traveling Sportsman Chukkas are. They are as close to perfect as can be. Also, my boat shoes which I have had for eight years and which you have resoled once. No one makes moccasins like you do.”

Carl Kline
“I just came back from a long walk in my new Art Carters. I want you to know that they are comfortable and I am so pleased with the craftsmanship. Thanks for your kind attention. Until the next pair --”

Craig Landy
“I bought my first pair of Russell boots back in 1970 at Marshall Fields in Chicago. That was back when the 7th floor was the sporting goods department and you were greeted by a huge stuffed Kodiak bear and other large animals as you exited the elevator. Boy, those were the days! Since I have had the pleasure to own, and still wear, a pair of your moccasins, Cavaliers, South 40’s and now a brand new pair of Art Carter Chukkas. After I had worn the Art Carter’s for a couple days they naturally took on the shape of my feet. Now they’ve become, like all my other Russells, ‘good friends of my feet.’ You will surely hear from me again.”

Robert W. Smith
“I am a fishing manager with the Orvis Company. I bought a pair of Russell’s Art Carter Traveling Sportsman Chukkas four years ago. These babies are the best shoes I have ever worn. I have worn them every day since and they have held up superbly and I am so happy that you made them so well. Thank you for doing such a great job.”

Cary R. Greene
Orvis, Inc.
“Love those Art Carters. They feel like I was born in them. Love the oxfords; love the moccasins. But if I had to pick only one pair of shoes to wear the rest of my life, it would be those Art Carters. Man, what a boot!”

Rodger Barnes
“I recently purchased a pair of Art Carter Traveling Sportsmans and they are absolutely great. The fit, craftsmanship and style are even better than advertised. In addition, I requested rush service and they came in right on time. I live and work in Columbia, (a rugged environment to say the least), and I am sure that I finally found the right company for my needs."

Bill Oliphant