Shoebuy Insider on Dr. Martens Shoes
Few brands send a message as loud and clear as Dr. Marten's. They are after all, the face of generations of counterculture. The rugged defiance Doc Martens has come to symbolize might not have been the original goal of the brand, but they have always been about being different.
The Doc Marten brand was born out of the rubble of post war Europe. While skiing in the Alps during WWII, Dr. Klaus Maerten took a nasty spill, hurt his foot, and found himself in dire need of something more comfortable than the classic military boot. Dr. Klaus put his mind to work and designed a boot with an air cushioned sole. The brand was soon bought by a British company and the 'e' was dropped along the way. In England, the boots became mildly successful in the rank and file world of police officers, factory workers, and mail delivery men.
The mundane image of Dr. Marten's as a basic work shoe would not last long. With the emergence of the punk scene in Europe Doc Martens transformed into the symbol of a movement that was anything but rank and file. Youth who sought to proudly display their individuality and rebel against the ideals of older generations took the brand and made it their own. The high laced, 8 eyelet, boot that had been designed to conform to the feet became a symbol of non-conformity.
No longer exclusively tied to the punk movement, Dr. Martens continues to be a leader of the shoe industry in individuality and non-conformity. Although the classic high laced, large stitched, air soled design remains mostly the same, the brand continues to be anything but unoriginal. The iconic 1460 comes in a variety of styles from the classic cherry red smooth to the more modern pink patent plaid. If the classic 8 eyelet look isn't for you, the high lace 1B60 or the rugged 8053 make their own unique statements. Evolving from the shoe of choice for police, to punks, to fashion forward trendsetters, Docs have always been about taking the something plain and making it unique.