Doc Martens…What’s Not To Love!

Doc Martens, also known as Dr. Martens, DMs or simply Docs, have a long history in the apparel world and were considered a major fashion statement for many subcultures over the years.

The original Doc Martens were created at the end of World War II by Dr. Klaus Maertens, a twenty-five year old German army doctor who had broken his foot. The boots were designed for comfort, using old rubber tyres for soles and leather found in war-torn areas.

After showing the shoes to an old friend, Dr. Herbert Funk, they decided to start selling them and surprisingly, the first major buyers of Doc Martens were German housewives. These women spent a lot of time on their feet and appreciated the comfort of the cushioned soles, accounting for over 80% of the company’s sales in the first ten years.

The boots didn’t make their way to British shores until the 1960s. The R. Griggs Group acquired the rights to produce and sell them in the UK, anglicizing the name and adding their iconic trademark of the yellow stitching.

In the UK, factory workers, police officers, and mail carriers were among the first to adopt Doc Martens due to their durability and comfort. But because of their non-slip tread, they were also embraced by the medical industry, which was why as a child I thought this was the reason they were called Dr. Martens!

Docs became associated with various countercultures, especially skinheads, punks, and other groups that adopted the boots for their tough image. This association gave the brand a bit of a controversial reputation, but it didn’t prevent their rise in popularity.

Due to economic ups and downs and the changes in ownership, in 2002 the manufacture of Doc Martens moved predominantly to Asia. A small “Made in England” collection was manufactured in the UK, but they were sold at a much higher price. Regardless of the changes, Docs have remained a timeless fashion icon, worn by both sexes, with a lot more styles and colours to choose from today.

I have had my Docs for many years, and they are my favourite boots. There are styles made specifically for women, usually with a narrower foot, however, mine are the original design usually worn by guys. I just decorate them by hanging bling off the laces, just to make them more individual to me.

These boots have walked through history and culture, leaving a permanent mark on fashion and society. Whether it’s their unique air-cushioned soles or their role in the counterculture movements, Doc Martens continue to be celebrated for their distinctive style and enduring appeal.

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John T.

Great article! I am British too and used to be a punk rocker back in the day and all I wore were docs. When I grew up…haha, I eventually joined the police force and yes, I continued to wear my docs. They are great shoes, long lasting and once they are broken in very comfortable. Love the artwork. I may have to buy a print!