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The Rebellious Doc Marten Lives On

Updated on November 20, 2014

Let's face it... Dr. Martens are just COOL!

Also known as Doc Martens, Doc's or simply DM's. This footwear was developed by the collaborative efforts of Dr. Klaus Maertens of Germany and Bill Griggs of R Griggs and Company of England.

The first pair of Dr. Martens was released on April 1, 1960 and famous 1460 was born. The style name was derived from this production date. This 8-eye boot in a supple cherry leather with it's flashy iconic yellow stitching is currently manufactured today.

Doc Marten's were symbolic of the working class people and were quickly adopted by many subcultures beginning with the skinheads and punk rockers in the late 1960s. Followed by Goths, new wave musicians, and hardcore punks of the 80's. Grungers and Skaters adorned the classic Doc's in the 90's. Currently, Doc's have regained their popularity yet again with the current subcultures, Indie, Bohemian, Hipster and even College Kids The main underlining theme of the Doc Marten is and always will be individuality and free thinking with a splash of rebellion..

Read on to find some cool Doc's to snazz up your style and learn a little more about this legend on your way.

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Dr. Martens 1460 Boot

Dr. Martens Boots: Men's 6 Inch Airware Work Boots R11822006
Dr. Martens Boots: Men's 6 Inch Airware Work Boots R11822006

The 1460 boot is Dr. Martens at its best. It's tough enough to take a beating, yet stylish enough to be versatile. This durable boot has a unique air-cushioning system that aims to please, while the thick out sole ensures a strong step. And of course, that iconic welt stitching and pull tab is always a bonus. Available in so many colors, prints and patent leather colors. Men and Women sizing.

 

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A lifetime guarantee to repair or replace any pair that gets worn out, on selected 1460 styles.

The Full Story

I don't want to bore you with all the details

Which by the way are an interesting read and can be found on the Dr. Marten's website.

So here is my condensed version..

The famous Dr. Martens started with a humble beginning. So, two British guys Benjamin Griggs and Septimus Jones created a partnership and began making boots in 1901 in England. These boots were primarily worn by factory worker and the military. Innovator and free thinker, Bill Griggs, second generation comes on board yearning for change.

In the meantime, a foot injury from a skiing accident pushes Dr. Klaus Maertens to invent an air-cushioned sole in Münich. The sole was made from recycling discarded rubber from the Luftwaffe airfields. He begins production with Dr. Herbert Funck and they open their first factory in 1952.

After reading about this air sole in a trade magazine, Griggs gets in touch with Dr. Maertens and a legend is born on April 1, 1960. Griggs designs the leather upper with the famous flashy yellow threads to adorn the air-cushioned sole of Dr. Maertens and the rest is history.

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Dr. Martens: The Story of an Icon
Dr. Martens: The Story of an Icon

On 1 April 1960, the first Dr. Martens boot rolled off the production line at the Griggs family farm of shoemakers in Northamptonshire, England. Today, Dr. Martens is a brand famous the world over, as iconic as Ray Bans and Levis. From the launch of the classic cherry-red eight-holer on that day in 1960, to the more recent multihued twenty-holers, Docs have been in the vanguard of style and culture for over four decades—subversive, strident, authority-baiting. Now, for the first time, the boots and their times take center stage in a book. Decade by decade, in words and pictures, Dr. Martens: The Story of an Icon recounts the fascinating story of the music, the people, and the places that breathed life into the boot on its journey from work-wear to in-wear.

 
Doc Marten
Doc Marten

Dr. Martens ... Front and Center

A huge marketing break for Dr. Martens was when Pete Townsend of the rock group the "Who" wore them on stage in the late 60's.

As he jumped around on stage choking the life out of the guitar strings, the youth watched in awe.

During a time of flower power, Townsend's look was fresh, unique and oozed with rebellion. Townshend claims he originally wore Doc's on stage for function over fashion and was drawn to the symbolism the Dr. Marten's possessed of the working class.

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The Who performing Pinball Wizard with Elton John

Doc Marten
Doc Marten

The most famous pair of Doc's were worn by Elton John in Ken Russell's musical "Tommy."

Dr. Martens were a huge hit in England and would take some time to branch out into other parts of the world. The boots stand four and a half feet high and John had to wear a smaller boot which was attached to a larger Doc that allowed him to move as if he were on stilts. Today the boots are on display in Northampton Museum & Art Gallery in England, whose shoe collection is the largest in the world.

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One of the most famous scenes in Tommy, the performance of Pinball Wizard. Enjoy!

Doc Marten uses 26,100 miles of yellow stitching every year and goes through 10 million pairs of laces annually.

Dr. Martens FINALLY come to America

As with many other fashions, the US takes awhile to come on board and Doc's finally hit the states running in 1984. Another important time for Dr. Martens was the Grunge era when sales of the rebellious boot skyrocketed as every grungy teen and young adult had to have them. Thankfully, because they have been a hit ever since.

I remember my first pair of Doc Marten's in the late 80's, a time when I most likely needed an attitude adjustment.

They were comfortable and the most worn shoe in my wardrobe, I think they are impossible to wear out. I know I gave it a good try.

Today I can truly say I am a proud mother of a Doc Marten wearing daughter, who thankfully is not in need of an attitude adjustment.


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Unlike most shoes, the boot's leather upper is stitched to its sole, not glued.

Doc Martens Dark Period

In 2001 as sales declined, Dr. Marten struggled to stay afloat.

They were forced to close some factories in order to tighten things up. As a result they survived into another decade. And are still going strong today and continue to represent rebellion and self expression.


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Chunky and Colorful

Martens re-surged a few years ago when they introduced these 1460's in such fabulous colors.

These boots evoked the attitude to stand out and be noticed, in the vibrant colors of hot pink, green, orange and yellow finished in a glossy patent leather. These cool colorful chunky boots are so reminiscent of the styles of the 80's.


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The Wild Flowers canvas used on this Kensington collection reinvigorates classic styles with a casual and fresh personality. The classic Oxford shoe is re-invented here with this very striking cut-out design, while adding summer practicality to the innovative styling. Available Colors: Buff Wild Flowers Canvas, Grey Wild Flowers Canvas.

Available at ShoeBuy.com!

This shoe has a plain welted sole - no visible construction thread, and is made with their '84 last shape which is a sleek, tapered shape to the toe. It also has the original Dr. Martens air-cushioned sole, providing underfoot comfort and durability since 1960.

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Globally, the company has sold more than 100 million pairs.

Dr. Martens Original 1460 DML (Women's) - White Smooth

Full premium leather upper is exceptionally stylish with a soft hand-feel. 8-eye lace up silhouette. Full leather lining for premium finishing detail. Black-sewn construction produces a clean design aesthetic while providing durability that is equal to traditional welted construction. Available Colors: Green Smooth, White Smooth.

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"Once the genie had been let out of the bottle back in the 1960s, the vapours of Dr. Martens' rebellious spirit could not be contained and the boot seeped into every corner and crevice of youth culture."

Martin Roach, author of the definitive history of DMs, Doctor Martens: "The Story of an Icon."

It isn't just fashionistas and film stars who like wearing Dr Martens. Pope John Paul II and the Dalai Lama have both also allegedly worn them.

Doc's for everyone!

You may think of Doc Marten and the 1460 boot is what comes to mind, which is the classic. However, Dr. Marten's has a shoe for every member of the family and so many styles to choose from. All of the Doc's are made with their patented Air Wair technology for absolute comfort. Also contained in Dr. Marten's arsenal is their clothing line.

Congratulations to you Doc Marten, you have come along way and definitely are here to stay.

Dr. Martens Women's Mona Sandal,Grey,9 UK (US Women's 11 M)
Dr. Martens Women's Mona Sandal,Grey,9 UK (US Women's 11 M)

Dr. Martens Women's Mona Sandal,Grey

This is one fabulous sandal. The heel feels very stable and totally walkable, the straps are soft and don't cut into my toes, and the laces allow me to customize the fit over my very high insteps.

 
Dr. Martens Women's Carnaby Mary Jane
Dr. Martens Women's Carnaby Mary Jane

Sweet styling with classic Dr. Martens comfort and edge look makes the Dr Martens Carnaby one cool shoe. This women's mary jane features a canvas upper, cushioned footbed and slip and abrasion resistant sole. This cool flat also offer a snug fit thanks to the gunmetal buckle closure. Rock the retro sneaker look with the Dr. Martens Carnaby Mary Jane!

Click here for more info on Dr. Martens Women's Carnaby Mary Jane

 

Dr. Martens Soho Shoe Available at ShoeBuy!

The Soho is a 3-eye shoe from Dr. Martens' Eclectic collection that has the personality of a casual trainer, with the DNA of Dr. Martens. A lightweight and casual shoe for the Summer, it has a hard-wearing, slip resistant sole that is cemented to the upper. Available Colors: Pink Meadow, Blue Chambray, Red Chambray.

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Dr. Martens 1461 3-Eye Gibson

The 1461 is as classic as it comes. Available in so many colors and textures. Available in Men's and Women's Sizing. Look for the Chaky colors coming soon to the US!

Put a new spin on your casual look with the 1461 3-Eye Gibson oxfords from Dr. Martens.Pearlized leather zebra print leather and textile or floral print leather upper in a casual oxford style with a round toe3-eye lace-up frontGoodyear welted constructionSmooth lining cushioning insoleSlip-resistant Air Cushioned traction outsole 1 inch heel! Available at Famous Footwear!

The 1461 W 3-Eye Gibson oxfords from Dr. Martens embody classic style.Full grain leather upper in a casual oxford style with a round toeThree eye lace-up frontGoodyear welted constructionSmooth lining cushioning insoleSlip-resistant Air Cushioned traction outsole 1 inch heel

Dr. Marten's Vegan Line

Here it is the vegan friendly line, the synthetic materials used are 100% vegan friendly and the high quality is still in tact right down to the the heel loop, which has a more natural feel.

At this point there are only four styles available, the 8-eye boot and the 3-eye shoe in the colors of DM cherry red or black.

All four styles are available for men and women.

Dr. Martens Barrett Tassel Loafer - Men's - Shoes - Tan

Channel your inner preppy in the Dr. Martens Barrett Tassel Loafer, a perfect pairing for your next weekend in the Hamptons. Part of the Dr. Martens Windsor collection, this slip-on shoe boasts a smooth leather upper with a light sheen; a kiltie, vamp band and tassel add traditional appeal. A leather lining manages moisture, as a padded footbed supports every step. The Dr. Martens Barrett Tassel Loafer is finished with an air-cushioned PVC sole, color-coordinated with the tassel for snazzy accen

Dr. Martens Men's Saxon 3989 Wingtip Oxford,Black,13 UK (US Men's 14 M)
Dr. Martens Men's Saxon 3989 Wingtip Oxford,Black,13 UK (US Men's 14 M)

Dr. Martens Men's Saxon 3989 Wingtip Oxford

Dr. Martens' brings comfort to your casual wardrobe with these wing-tip oxfords. Simply styled with smooth leather uppers, the five-eye lacing customizes the fit while the foam-padded, leather collar and tongue provide additional comfort. The stacked heel and thick out-sole provide exceptional fit, cushioning and flexibility. Perfect when paired with weekend and informal clothes, these shoes will transition into offices that enjoy relaxed dress code.

 

Many designers customized their own versions of the iconic boots, Even Jimmy Choo, purveyor of sky-high stilettos, has collaborated with the brand in the ultimate clash of shoe styles.

Dr. Martens Shoe Care Kit

Dr. Martens Shoe Care Kit, Black, OS
Dr. Martens Shoe Care Kit, Black, OS

Protect your investment with this awesome Shoe Care Kit by Dr. Marten's.

Part of the Accessories collection. Kit features: Full size Wonder Balsam, full size Dubbin, mini shoe shine sponge, brown/yellow laces, black round laces, and duster cloth all in reusable bag.

 

Thanks for visiting, how about a slightly rebellious thumbs up for Dr. Marten's

Doc Marten
Doc Marten

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But, the one thing they all had one thing in common is the iconic Dr. Martens. From punk to grunge to hipster, the eight hole 1460 is and always will be the common denominator. Dr. Martens represent rebellion and self-expression.

Thanks again for visiting, please let me know your thoughts on the famous

Doc Martens. Have a nice day and always remember to try to step outside of the box at least once in a while. It is so refreshing out there.

Thoughout the years, Styles come and Go - Popular subcultures emerge and then vanish...

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      Fran Tollett 4 years ago

      These are the BEST shoes! I love mine and I have several pairs.

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @ukprowriter: Comfort and Quality is what is all about. Have a great day!

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      ukprowriter 4 years ago

      Great lens. I have never stopped wearing DM's. I'm not a follower of fashion just an appreciator of comfort and quality

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @whiteskyline lm: Thanks so much! I love Docs too! Awesome shoes with an attitude!

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      whiteskyline lm 4 years ago

      Very very cool, and Dr Martens are cool for sure! and this page is freakin' awesome :) I love how you did this.

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      @karen-stephens: Thanks so much for your visit and the blessing you left. Have a great day!

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      karen-stephens 4 years ago

      Classic. Angel Blessings! xxo

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      karen-stephens 4 years ago

      Classic. Angel Blessings! xxo

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      HenkWillemse 5 years ago

      Great article, I'd really like a pair of DM's, and I'll get myself some soon.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i heard about this shoe brand but i really never bought and owned a pair. i bought other brand of ankle boots which i wear during winter.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Oh gosh, I actually had a white pair of Doc Martens which I donated to Goodwill because they stayed in the box in my closet and I never wore them ... very stylish!

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I liked them but was sad when they started making them outside of the UK. Squid Angel blessed!

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      gengonow 5 years ago

      Fun lens I miss my old purple pair

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Still cool after all these years - great lens! :) Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      My daughter wore her docs with her graduation robe. Thought her grandmother was going to have a stroke! But that was her style - she lived in those docs. Great lens. Doc Martens rule!