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It appears that Hutton (under new ownership), the original brand of the playboy chukka, is back at it.


This is the playboy chukka, now known as the “Playtime” since Hutton sold the patent to Sanders after Hutton closed its doors in the late-70’s/early 80’s, I believe.

The Playtime model ticks all the boxes with regard to the originals McQueen wore with the beading around the top of the bumper outsole and the heel-stitching that extends a bit further along the heel.

The heel is not quite as pronounced as the Luther nor is it as wedge-like as the Hi-Top (both made by Sanders)?but falls somewhere in between, IMO.

The Playtime, like Hutton’s Type 01 desert boot, comes with a fairly hefty price tag at approx. $350 USD plus shipping. This is about $100 more than either the Luther or Hi-Top models offered by Sanders.

So unless you plan on starring in a re-make of “Bullitt” or “The Thomas Crown Affair” or perhaps you just prefer the extra details found on the Hutton Playtime, then the offerings from Sanders should satisfy your inner King of Cool-ness. 😎😀

The Platime by Hutton.

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I would point out that the crepe
sole on the originals appeared to be dyed black (as can be seen in the picture below) as opposed to the current model which appear to be dyed only along the outsole and not the entire sole.
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I’ll let you know when they arrive. 😳

No… I’m kidding… I kid… I’m a kidder. 🤪
 
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And while McQueen did popularize the playboy chukka, he also wore a low-top version (as seen here).

Apparently, the guy liked playboy-styled footwear. :yesnod:
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Here is a low-top model offered by Playboy Footwear



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Who knew? :huh:

They are a comfortable shoe so I guess it’s understandable.:thumbup1:

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Very interesting. Based on a quick look at the pictures, I prefer the Luther. It has cleaner lines without the contrasting bead. 100% agree on the comfort factor. At least when it’s not too hot, I wore the Luthers for about 6 weeks straight. A bit heavier than a gym shoe but very comfortable.
 
While I wait for my Crown Harlestones to be made, I get regular emails from them. Not a lot in here that hasn’t been said already in this thread. Still quite a good read even so. It’s oddly amusing that the author mis spelt “heel” as “heal” - I hope their QC is better on the shoes!

 
While I wait for my Crown Harlestones to be made, I get regular emails from them. Not a lot in here that hasn’t been said already in this thread. Still quite a good read even so. It’s oddly amusing that the author mis spelt “heel” as “heal” - I hope their QC is better on the shoes!


That’s a great looking sneaker. Good to hear that they have good communication. Which one did you order and how long is the wait time? I see their website indicates that they are experiencing staff shortages due to the pandemic.
 
I ordered them in tan Horween buffalo with a gum sole. I like the brown deer suede too but I have a couple of pairs of brown suede shoes already and nothing in buffalo. The order was booked on 6/11 with a quoted lead time of 10-25 working days. About a week ago I got an email saying that it would take an additional 5-10 working days before shipping. No rush as far as I’m concerned, I’d prefer good QC to getting them a week sooner. I’m still keen to get them of course. Returns are easy - customer pays shipping. They offer G width on request at no extra cost.

Before I ordered them I took all my shoes - 20+ pairs and assessed them. I had duplicates of some more formal dress styles that I very rarely if ever wear or even polish. Having duplicates made no sense at all. I sent 3 pairs to the charity shop. Even with the Luthers and the Harlestones, if they fit, I will have fewer pairs of shoes than a few weeks ago! In addition they are styles that I will likely wear regularly. If these are a winner, I will seriously consider the brown deer suede option - maybe the desert shoe? Crown told me that they will make up any style in any leather if it’s feasible.
 
I ordered them in tan Horween buffalo with a gum sole. I like the brown deer suede too but I have a couple of pairs of brown suede shoes already and nothing in buffalo. The order was booked on 6/11 with a quoted lead time of 10-25 working days. About a week ago I got an email saying that it would take an additional 5-10 working days before shipping. No rush as far as I’m concerned, I’d prefer good QC to getting them a week sooner. I’m still keen to get them of course. Returns are easy - customer pays shipping. They offer G width on request at no extra cost.

Before I ordered them I took all my shoes - 20+ pairs and assessed them. I had duplicates of some more formal dress styles that I very rarely if ever wear or even polish. Having duplicates made no sense at all. I sent 3 pairs to the charity shop. Even with the Luthers and the Harlestones, if they fit, I will have fewer pairs of shoes than a few weeks ago! In addition they are styles that I will likely wear regularly. If these are a winner, I will seriously consider the brown deer suede option - maybe the desert shoe? Crown told me that they will make up any style in any leather if it’s feasible.

Looking forward to seeing them when they arrive. The buffalo and gum combo is a nice look

Interesting that you are assessing your shoe collection as I found myself doing the same thing after coming to the realization that I was never going to wear all these formal shoes to work anymore and ended up listing 11 pair Johnston & Murphy shoes on Poshmark (4 pair have sold thus far).

The proceeds from the sale of those shoes will fuel the purchase of other shoes that I have my eyes on.

I must say, as with any type of decluttering, it was somewhat liberating to move some of this stuff along to others that will use (and enjoy) those shoes that still have lots of miles left on them rather than just sitting in my closet.

The 12 pair of Aldens I have left should sustain me at work until I (if I ever) retire. 🙄😀
 
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