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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.