Dr Martens on a fashion website, are you CRAZY you ask? Aren’t they for goths and tortured souls you cry?! Well the short answer is NO. Dr Martens when I was younger meant big clunky shoes that just weren’t cool no matter who you asked. However it’s been a long time since they just made those big clunky work boots with the massive squidgy sole. Now they produce the standard stuff – which personally I would recommend you stay away from (unless needed for heavy duty work) – but also a fashion range that is becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. These include amazing twists on the classic Dr Marten such as bright bold colours, patent materials, gladiator sandals and smart classic colours for formal wear.
I must say, they are still not for everyone, but there is one thing you can count on from this footwear – and that is the quality. It is of the highest standard as you would expect from this veteran brand, and buying a pair of their boots will be an investment that will LAST. You can’t say that about much footwear these days! Dr Martens have also just released an exclusive collaboration collection with legendary RAF Simons (featured brand focus last week) which are truly amazing and should be very sought after amongst the mens fashion community. Check out the pictures below and have your mind blown by the new designs.
A brief history of Dr Martens for you fashion junkies:
“Klaus Maertens was a doctor in the German army during the Second World War. On leave in 1945, he injured his ankle skiing but found his standard issue army boots too uncomfortable on his injured foot. While recuperating, he designed improvements to the boots with soft leather and an air padded sole he’d worked on in the garage of his house.
Martens had little luck selling his shoes until he met with an old University friend, Dr Herbert Funck in 1947. Funck was intrigued by the new shoe design, and later that year the two went into business using discarded rubber from Luftwaffe airfields. The comfort and durability of the soles was a huge success, particularly amongst housewives, and by 1952 the pair opened a factory in Munich.
Through a classified ad in a magazine, the Griggs family from Nottingham found Dr Maerten. With a history of making quality footwear, they bought the patent rights to manufacture the shoe in the UK. Griggs anglesised the name, slightly re-shaped the heel to make them fit better, added the trademark yellow stitching and Air-Wair sole.
Originally worn by workers – postmen, factory workers and transport workers bought the boot by the thousand – the boot has been a staple in fashion sub-cultures ever since.”
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