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Mini Tydee: Doc Martens for Women

Updated on August 14, 2015

Mini Tydee 1460 Boot Review

4 stars for Mini Tydee Doc Martens 1460 Boots


If you're searching for an all-purpose, comfortable boot with attitude, but you also want something with a feminine bent, why not consider Doc Martens 1460 eight-eyelet boots in a sophisticated flowered pattern? Enter Mini Tydee!


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Flowered Dr. Martens Boots

Dr. Martens Women's Clemency Boot Floral,Black Mini Tydee,6 UK/8 M US
Dr. Martens Women's Clemency Boot Floral,Black Mini Tydee,6 UK/8 M US

The Mini Tydee pattern is also available on the Clemency style boot.

 


Dr. Martens boots are known worldwide for their air-cushioned sole, and with good reason... it provides unparalleled comfort along with excellent traction. In addition, it's resistant to oil, fat, acid, alkali, and petrol (gasoline, to the non-Europeans among us)! That makes these boots a no-brainer for anyone who needs to stand or walk for long hours on the job.

But these boots are not only sensible, they are also extremely pretty.

The Mini Tydee 1460 Doc Martens boot has quickly become one of my favorite shoes.
The Mini Tydee 1460 Doc Martens boot has quickly become one of my favorite shoes. | Source


I've been a lifelong lover of wearing Doc Martens, and as soon as I saw these, I fell in shoe love. From a distance, they catch the eye; up close, you find yourself inspecting the well-designed pattern. I believe the proportion of flowers to boot is mathematically just right, and it is very appealing.

This charming pattern is printed on full grain leather that is significantly softer and somewhat more lightweight than the standard, very sturdy, smooth leather of the typical 1460 boot. One can easily fold the leather back right out of the box, which means that one won't have to go through the typical hassle (and occasional pain) of breaking them in.


The lovely Mini Tydee pattern of tiny yellow, pale pink, and lavender flowers on black leather.
The lovely Mini Tydee pattern of tiny yellow, pale pink, and lavender flowers on black leather. | Source

Mini Tydee Pattern

The Mini Tydee pattern is beautiful! Tiny pale yellow roses pair up with equally tiny yellow roses on a stark black boot. Occasionally a lavender flower rears its pretty head as well. The leaves on the flowers are palest green... so pale, in fact, that they almost appear light gray in spots. What a feminine counterpoint to a kick-butt boot! I love that dichotomy.


I'm not a fan of the logo stitching job done on these Mini Tydee 1460s.
I'm not a fan of the logo stitching job done on these Mini Tydee 1460s. | Source
What can I say? This older logo version/stitching job is much more professional, not to mention much cooler-looking.
What can I say? This older logo version/stitching job is much more professional, not to mention much cooler-looking. | Source

The AirWair Logo

One thing I found disappointing about these boots was the AirWair logo.

This logo, taken directly from the doodles of Bill Griggs himself for the first pair in 1960, has not been reproduced effectively. It seems carelessly applied and not thick enough, without the sharpness befitting a proper pair of Docs or even the right color (or enough of it). It made me sad to discover that.

And the same with the Bouncing Soles logo... the s's don't have the proper curve, the whole thing appears to be printed on an angle, and the word "bouncing" doesn't even conjure up a bounce. Hopefully, this be will be addressed on future tags -- I certainly know that if I were in charge of Quality Assurance for the tags, this one would never have passed!


I'm disappointed with the logo on the Mini Tydees... compared with the logo on an old pair of DMs, the newer one looks slightly cheap, somewhat careless, and even printed a bit lopsided! More DM yellow stitching, please!
I'm disappointed with the logo on the Mini Tydees... compared with the logo on an old pair of DMs, the newer one looks slightly cheap, somewhat careless, and even printed a bit lopsided! More DM yellow stitching, please! | Source
This AirWair logo is strong, with plenty of deep yellow thread and has lasted wonderfully well, without stretching or getting out of shape.
This AirWair logo is strong, with plenty of deep yellow thread and has lasted wonderfully well, without stretching or getting out of shape. | Source

Mini Tydee Doc Martens Not Made in England

Beautiful as they are, unfortunately this pair was not made in England. They were made in Thailand instead. Although I knew this going in to the purchase, it still feels a mite strange to wear DMs that were not made in the true home of the shoe.

It's my first pair that were not made in England, so I had to "get over it", which I did and easily, since every time I pass a mirror I had to stop to admire them!

I bought these as a souvenir during the summer of 2012 on vacation to jolly old England despite their not being manufactured there, and at the time of this review have had the pleasure of wearing them quite a bit out in the world, and even more indoors. This softened up the toe box even further (my feet are wide, and like 1460 style boots across the world, these run a bit narrow).

Cost Versus Durability

The cost is something else to consider, especially for those of us on a budget. These are not inexpensive boots... at $130, I expect these to last a very long time. But if my other seven pairs are any indication of the length of projected service, I have nothing to worry about.

So except for one tiny spot at the stitching on the right boot where they poke me, and the issue with the logo, these are real winners. My review: four out of five stars, and a great deal of smiles!

Dr. Martens 1460 Re-Invented Victorian Print Lace Up Boot,Black Mini Tydee,9 UK / 10 US Mens / 11 US Womens
Dr. Martens 1460 Re-Invented Victorian Print Lace Up Boot,Black Mini Tydee,9 UK / 10 US Mens / 11 US Womens

If colorful flowers are too much for your taste, consider black on black flowers instead!

 

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hey, renegadetory!

      Thanks so much for the comment... I love your daughter's idea about them being useful in the case of a zombie apocalypse! Perfect! :^)

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      Carolyn Dahl 4 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario

      My daughter is totally into Doc Martens, I like them too.. not sure I would get one with flowers, but I agree that they are awesome! Great quality and if you take care of them, they can last a long time. My 15 year old daughter thinks they are perfect in the event of a zombie apocalypse.

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi, ktrapp! Thanks so much for the thoughtful and lengthy comment! I'd love to know how you like the pattern if you ever see it in person. :^) Please do let me know.

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      I see what you mean about the quality of the printing on the tags and I can see how you could be a little disappointed, but at least it wasn't enough to make you fall out of "shoe-love." Interesting review and I will keep my eyes open for these boots. I would love to see how that intricate flower pattern looks on the boots in person. Congrats on getting one of the weekly review contest wins. Well done.

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks, AliciaC! I think the best thing about DMs is their durability, so if you do take the leap and get a pair, you will have them for a very long time.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've never worn Doc Martens boots, but I'm tempted to after reading and seeing your review! Congratulations on your contest win, theclevercat.

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks, Blue Sidewinder! If you ever have the chance to get a pair or at least try them on, I would totally recommend it.

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      Evan Eulie 4 years ago

      Great video, clever cat, and congratulations on the win. I never knew there was so much to know about doc martens. There's nothing like a nice pair of boots.

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks so much, Carly!

      I'm sorry about your ortho issues. Did you know the DM brand has a whole bunch of other, more lightweight and refined shoes as well? Just something to think about if the thick sole is "too much" in any way. :^)

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Congratulations on your win. These boots look so cool. I wore Doc Martins a long time ago. They were to clumsy for me, I have orthopedic issues that buying shoes are always a problem. But if it wasn't I would definitely consider these.

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      Rachel Vega 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thank you, thank you! I really like these, and every time I look at the pattern I'm reminded of my latest summer in Britain. :^)

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      Brainy Bunny 4 years ago from Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

      Ooh, those are so pretty! I would love a pair of floral boots, but boots of any kind aren't very practical where I live!

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