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Mini Tydee: Doc Martens for Women
Mini Tydee 1460 Boot Review
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!
Would you ever wear flowered boots?
Flowered Dr. Martens Boots
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
If colorful flowers are too much for your taste, consider black on black flowers instead!