Not just a boot, a Doc Marten boot

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Seldom do things last very long nowadays, even if they are made as a hard wearing, industrial item rather than a five minute fashion fad. Yet for 50 years, generations in the UK have been lured towards an almost indestructible work boot, designed for comfort and have made it a household name for fashionable boots in the same way as vacuum cleaners are called “˜Hoovers’ regardless of their make.

Despite being produced since 1960 in Britain and seen as an important part of the uniform for thousands of cult groups in Britain over the decades, Dr. Marten’s origins are German and there intended use was to provide a comfortable, cushioned sole boot for workers who spent the majority of their working day on their feet. The British version of the original work boot quickly became a favorite of the working class man, offering comfort with the safety of steel toe caps.

Every generation of youngsters looks for its own identity and the distinctive eight eyelet, laced boot, usually in Cherry Red, was as much feared as coveted by youngsters in the 1970s, forming an essential part of the shortened jeans, tee shirt and braces uniform of the British Skinhead. Even within this group the “˜Docs’ or “˜Bovver Boots’ as they were often known as, could help establish status, with the fourteen hole eyelet laced boot being the ultimate status symbol.

Joining an elite group of products to star in major feature films like James Bond’s Aston Martin sports car, Dr Marten boots waded in with their over sized features in the rock classic film “˜Tommy’. Worn by Elton John in the film, these Dr Martens stood 137 cm (four foot six inches) high and can be found today exhibited in Northampton museum.

Today, the appeal of Dr Marten foot ware remains as strong as ever, despite competition from other branded industrial boots. Bought by many who will never see the inside of a factory, the foot ware with the distinctive yellow stitching that joins the supple leather to the air cushioned sole, has widened its offering beyond that original work boot to include laced and slip on shoes for men and a range of both shoes and decorative boots for women.

But for the fateful skiing accident of a young German Army Doctor, Klaus Märtens who needed a more comfortable, cushioned soled boot to wear after hurting his ankle, we might never have experienced the comfort and style of the iconic ‘Doc Martens‘ boot.

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    Dr.Martens. 100% Leather.
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  • Dr. Martens - Pascal 8-Eye Boot (Yellow Vintage Daisy) Women's Lace-up Boots
    Dr. Martens
    When you're in the mood for a more low-key look with timeless style and comfort then look no further than the Pascal 8-Eye Boot from Dr. Martens.Eight-eyelet boot with classic yellow stitching.Part of the Core Collection.Virginia leather upper is an extremely soft and supple leather.Cushioned footbed provides added comfort.Lace-up closure provides a secure and snug fit.Goodyear welt construction heat seals and sews the upper and sole together for superior flexibility and longevity.Classic air-cushioned outsole is oil and fat resistant with good abrasion and slip resistance.Imported. (Docs, Martins)
    $79.99 from 6pm.com
  • Dr. Martens - Charla Tall Zip Boot (Brown Broadway) Women's Zip Boots
    Dr. Martens
    The Charla Tall Zip Boot by Dr. Martens offers an easy, relaxed style for everyday wear.Broadway leather upper is a full grain leather with a soft, comfortable feel.Classic back heel pull loop.Full length side zip.Soft synthetic lining.Cushioned footbed.Cement construction offers better flexibility.Air-cushioned rubber outsole is a full grain, semi-analine, gently tumbled leather with a soft and comfortable feel. Measurements:Heel Height: 1 1 2 inWeight: 1 lb 4 ozCircumference: 13 inShaft: 11 1 4 inPlatform Height: 3 4 inProduct measurements were taken using size UK 3 (US Women's 5) , width M. Please note that measurements may vary by size. (Docs, Martins)
    $84.99 from 6pm.com
  • Dr. Martens - Hanna Engineer Boot (Black Packard/Nappa) Women's Pull-on Boots
    Dr. Martens
    The fashion-forward Hanna Engineer Boot from Dr. Martens will have them turning their heads on every city street! Part of the Parkway Collection.Packard and nappa leather.Faux fur collar and buckle accents for a stylish look.Classic heel loop.Cement construction.Soft textile lining.Lightly cushioned textile footbed.Classic rubber outsole with a chunky high heel.Imported. Measurements:Heel Height: 3 1 2 inWeight: 1 lb 3 ozCircumference: 13 inShaft: 8 inProduct measurements were taken using size UK 6 (US Women's 8) , width M. Please note that measurements may vary by size. (Docs, Martins)
    $99.99 from 6pm.com

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