UPDATE 3/5/12: Sorry guys it was brought to my attention that the toecap is leather. I didn’t pay close enough attention on that one, which is too bad. These are really nice.
Vans continues to tweak the formula of their much loved (by me at least) Chukka boot. The California Chukka TC is virtually the same, with the noticeable difference being the rubber toe cap. There are more subtle touches, such as the metal eyelets and a patterned outsole. And the silhouette to me appears a little more refined, flatter near the toe. It’s a great “upgrade” to those who may think the original Chukka boot is a little boring.