Living the Dr. Martens life.

…I was no more than ten years old when I first knew ‘love at first sight’ for a pair of shoes

Living the Dr Martens life title picture with blue docs on grass

Since the 1960’s, the iconic Dr. Martens have been beautifully perverting wardrobes everywhere. From their modest work boot beginnings to their unrivalled grunge presence, these boots have been a cultural staple globally. Where once their purpose was to protect the feet of postman and workers alike from the harsh environment and UK elements, now they serve as a style marker; a statement piece; a relic of festivals and cultural diversities past.

DR MARTENS PASCAL PAINT SPLAT
PASCAL PAINT SPLAT 8-EYE BOOT

Dr Martens for life

I fondly remember my first sighting of a pair of Dr. Martens boots; classic black, well worn 1490’s with statement laces – these boots belonged to my Uncle Brian (RIP) and I was no more than ten years old when I first knew ‘love at first sight’ for a pair of shoes. It was as if the grunge life was born into my soul, the chosen footwear of musical icons like Kurt Cobain (my lifelong crush) who thrust these boots into the cultural spotlight and led me to where I am today, a Dr. Martens addict.

Since I have taken the leap into the unemployed / self employed life, I have pondered many options to supplement some of my non existent income. A few weeks ago I was walking the streets of Reading and happened upon our Dr. Martens store (recently opened) and a lightbulb moment hit me like a ton of bricks. I did what any self respecting Dr. Martens lover would do and I went into the store this morning, dropped off my CV and had a brief chat with the manager.  Unfortunately they aren’t currently hiring but knowing that I had such an excellent rapport with the shop manager, had the guts to walk into the shop and hand in my CV (zero retail experience) and confidently put myself out there for something that I would love to do gives me hope. It helps that I was wearing my most fashion forward Dr. Martens at the time, they commanded praise and admiration.

DR MARTENS 1490 SMOOTH 10-EYE
1490 SMOOTH 10-EYE BOOT

Our little town was the recent victim of that beautiful free falling white stuff (aka snow) and I was able to test the Dr. Martens all-weather durability first hand. I was not disappointed! Not only were my feet warm and protected, the grip of the AirWair™ sole with its slip resistance ensured that I didn’t fall face first into the icy and muddy ground when the ice took over – These boots were made for winter walking and that’s just what I’ll do! Don’t worry, you’re safe, I won’t be walking over you! *wink*

DR MARTENS 1460 AND 1490 IN THE SNOW
HIS (1460) and HERS (1490) taking on the snow!

Dr Martens versatility

I have been fortunate enough (and I know it) to become the owner of a few pairs of Dr. Martens in my adulthood, including a similar pair of 1490’s to the ones I first laid eyes on. These boots have more recently been associated with the emo, goth and grunge population of the 2000’s but more and more they’re being recognised and worn by many fashion forward groups.

Now more than ever, Dr. Martens are appealing to a wider variety of people with their wild styles and bold colours, still retaining a classic look and versatile functionality. While other shoe brands coined the market by introducing Disney and Nintendo shoe lines, Dr. Martens chose a more artistic and self expressive route, specifically one of their latest ranges showcasing William Blake extending to the wacky Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Adventure time lines. It is not surprising that my own 12 year old daughter is pining after the Pascal Glitter ‘Unicorn’ boot!

Dr Martens, while often only associated with boots, have a much larger range of shoes and styles including heeled boots, oxford’s, slip ons and school footwear in various styles and designs. If wearing big, chunky boots puts you off purchasing your own pair of Dr. Martens, I implore you to troll the website a little because I guarantee that you will find a pair for you.

DR MARTENS ELYSIA POLY FELT
ELYSIA POLY FELT SLIP ON
DR MARTENS MARIEL PATENT MARY JANES WITH BLACK BOWS
MARIEL PATENT MARY JANES

Dr. Martens MUST HAVE’s.

There are some connoisseur must-haves when it comes to looking after and comfortably wearing your classic, original Dr. Martens. While more recent styles – like my personal favourite Pascal ranges – come with a softer and more wearable leather, the original boots are hardy and stiff at first purchase. Fear not, a stiff leather is a reason to wear your docs as much as possible and make use of the accessories that the brand have to offer to pair with your new boots.

DR.MARTENS WONDER BALSAM

The answer to your stiff new boots and a perfect softening solution is the Dr. Martens Wonder Balsam, which, had I not gone into my local store I would never have known about. With only a few rubs of this during the period of wear, the coconut oil; lanolin and bees wax combination is designed to soften up that toughness for an easier wear and a quicker wearing-in phase. This is a must have with the purchase of your new Dr. Martens.

DR MARTENS WONDER BALSAM OPEN ON A CURB
WONDER BALSAM

DOC SOCKS

I practically live in mine! If I am not wearing these strategically padded socks with my original DM’s for extra comfort during that wearing-in stage, I am living in them in winter because they are the perfect sock to keep your tootsies warm. They are extremely comfortable, come in a range of classic Dr Martens colours and look good under the jeans or over the leggings (I tend to wear mine like shuffled leg warmers).

DR MARTENS SOCKS IN FRONT OF A FIREPLACE BLACK AND RED
DOC SOCKS FOR WINTER

DR. MARTENS LACES

Let’s be honest, Dr. Martens and their lifelong longevity don’t come at a small price so it isn’t uncommon to own one or two pairs only. I recommend an original, black pair of 1460’s boots that are versatile, can be worn with any outfit (and I mean ANY) and when paired with a funky pair of specifically designed Dr. Martens laces, you could be wearing a new pair every day. I bought my husband these gorgeous union jack laces to wear with his DM’s and they are a conversation starter at his corporate functions and meetings.

DR MARTENS 1460 SMOOTH 8-EYE WITH UNION JACK LACES
1460 SMOOTH 8-EYE (ORIGINAL)
DR MARTENS 140CM FLAT LACE (8-10 EYE) UNION JACK DESIGN
ORIGINAL 1460 BOOT WITH UNION JACK FLAT LACE

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If you received a pair for Christmas, I envy you, one can never own too many pairs of Dr. Martens. If you are thinking about getting a pair, think no longer… Walk into your nearest store, strike up a conversation with a friendly (and probably alternative looking) sales assistant and find your perfect DM’s!

Dr. Martens remain the perfect footwear of self expression, go on, express yourself!

Don’t forget, they also do a VEGAN range!

Happy shoe shopping!

Do you have any DM’s? I would love to hear all about them, tweet me pics and don’t forget, you can post using the #drmartensstyle hashtag and be featured on Dr Marten’s Instagram.

Shevy

Xx

DR MARTENS 1460 BROCADE 8 EYE BOOTS NAVY BLUE
1460 VELVET NAVY BLUE 8-EYE BOOT

I wanted to confirm that I have NOT been paid or compensated in any way for this review – This was paid for out of my own pocket and is an honest recommendation.

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33 thoughts on “Living the Dr. Martens life.”

  1. I LOVE Dr Martens and love this post Shevy! The Mary Janes are super cute and the Union Jack laces are awesome! At the moment I have a black pair with pink flowers on which I wear every day 😍. Dr Martens are such comfy and cool looking footwear! Fantastic post 😘 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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  2. I was lucky enough to get some Dr Martens for Christmas! I’m wearing them in slowly but surely. The balm is amazing and, instead of Dr Martens socks, I just wear a pair of thick socks, sometimes with a thinner pair underneath to stop rubbing.

    Thanks so much for your help x

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  3. This is a true love letter with real heart! Good on you for walking right in to the Dr Martens shop in your home town, chatting to the manager and handing in your CV, I’m sure that despite your lack of retail experience, you’d be a prime candidate for the job just because of your enthusiasm! I have never owned a pair of DMs but it looks like I’m missing out!

    Abbey xx

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  4. I love love love Dr Martens! I’ve owned quite a few pairs of them since I was about 16 🙂 i’ve had two pairs of classic black ones in different finishes, grey soft leather ones, tattoo print ones, skull print brogues, black ones with white paint splattered on them and some double soled cherry red ones which are my favourites!! They are THE best shoes but they have killed my feet a bit haha! Also how did I not know they did socks!? I need some!!
    Alice Xx
    http://www.blacktulipbeauty.co.uk

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    1. Hahahaha Alice your comment has made me laugh 😁 Sounds like you’ve had some amazing docs and I’m super jealous xx They definitely do kill the feet a bit BUT yes, you NEED the socks, the feet will thank you for it xx

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  5. This post. I have all of the nostalgia and love.
    I have lived in Doc Martens since I was 15. I still remember the first pair I bought with my own money – second hand and spray painted silver. I loved them so much that I wore them every day and eventually wore through the sole and the leather in the heel about ten years later. They were honestly beyond saving. I miss them. Since then I’ve been in plain black 1460s pretty much every day.
    I really need to get a new pair, my disability means I wear through the sole super quick, gone are the days of them lasting a decade for me xD
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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    1. Hehehe aw Cora it’s definitely a nostalgic post, I felt the same writing it! Those docs you had sound amazing! That’s the beauty of them though, they may not last forever but they’ll last a heck of a lot longer than a standard pair of shoes 😁

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  6. I’ve never owned a pair of DMs, I was always a Goth and I had pointy heel boots, haha. But I had no idea how many varieties of DMs you could get or that there was a vegan option. I loved reading this post, Shevy, I don’t think I’ll be buying a pair but I really feel like I’ve learned something today, which is just the sort of blog post I love reading – thank you! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

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    1. Aw thank you very much Hun xx I understand that they’re not for everyone but it’s good to show that they have a wider variety than just what everyone thinks they are 😁 Thanks so much for reading lovely!

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  7. I absolutely love Dr. martens but honestly haven’t gotten around to getting a pair for myself as it is quite warm where I live and I’m not sure id get much use out of them! Maybe some day I will! 😅💕

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  8. I still remember my very first pair. It took me a year to convince my parents to get them for me as they wanted to be sure my feet weren’t still growing too quickly. Sadly, my feet grew right after and thus the Dr. Martens no longer fit. Luckily, my grandparents got me a new pair! #DreamTeam

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  9. I’ve never actually tried a pair of DMs and I certainly didn’t know that they did anything other than boots! The school shoes sound like a brilliant idea as my eldest definitely needs something hard-wearing and dependable. I’m tempted to invest in a pair! Thanks for linking to #DreamTeam x

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