Dr Martens – A Brand With History

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I was recently contacted by Cloggs and asked if I would like to review a pair of Dr Marten boots. I have been considering buying some for a while as I used to wear them many years ago and they were super comfy, hard wearing and would be ideal for camping. I was sent a patent pair which I wore on a camping trip at the weekend (although the photograph was taken in at home before we left).

Back in the day I used to wear my DM’s with tassel skirts during my gothic stage, floral dresses and black tights in my grungey stage and with just about everything as a student. This weekend I couldn’t resist trying to sort of recreate this look with a vintage floral dress and leggings.

Dr Martens have a big historical connection for me but for Mr Style Eyes mean something different (I would at this point like to say that he is a bit older than me). When he saw them he immediately mentioned Mods and Skinheads as being the reason why his mother would not let him have a pair, parent eh!

The Dr Marten brand has now been around for over 50 years and in that time has clad the feet of many from punks to policemen, skinheads to socialists. Interestingly, the shoe was designed by Klaus Märtens a German Army Doctor to cushion and protect his ankle after a skiing accident. They didn’t become fashionable though until they were worm buy Pete Townshend, song writer and guitarist with The Who. Ever since they have been adopted not only by factory and other manual workers but also by a range of sub cultures who made them part of their uniform. In case you are interested, there is a book on the very subject Dr Martens – The Story of an Icon.

Dr Marten’s is not neccaserily a brand that you would consider as ethical but they do have a strong ethical policy and supplier code of conduct with which they aim to not only ensure the highest possible standards of business behaviour but work with suppliers exceed these standards. You can check out their code of conduct here.

When I asked about the ethics of the brand I was also informed.

We have recently started to stock a Dr Martens Vegan collection which offers Dr Martens two most iconic styles the 8 eye boot and the 3 eye shoe to the vegan customer. Due to recent technical advances it is now possible for the manufacturing process and materials used to be acutely vegan friendly. Dr Martens have symbolised their excitement for the vegan collection by creating a new sock logo. One of our favourites in the vegan collection is the popular 1460 boot in Cherry Red which features air cushioned soles and Felix rub-off none leather uppers.

For me what is great about this brand is that they are extremely well made and so will last for ages. They are the ultimate festival foot wear but also great for when you have a long way to walk and have to ditch the heels. Although Dr Martens are kind of on trend at the moment, they are also a bit of an anti fashion statement because they don’t really ever go out of fashion. This in itself kind of makes them a sustainable choice of footwear.

Have you ever owned a pair of Dr Martens? How did you wear yours?

I will leave you with just a few instagrams from my camping at the weekend.

Dr Martens

With warmest wishes

Ceri x

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6 thoughts on “Dr Martens – A Brand With History

  1. Awwwwww! Love that photo of you and Mr Style Eyes! That dress is so pretty on you.
    I wore Doc’s to death back in the Eighties, I did get a pair from a jumble sale for festival wear but found the mud seeped through the eyelets and there’s nothing worse than soggy feet when you’re at a festie.
    Glad to see they’re doing a veggie-friendly version. x
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  2. They look so cute with your dress!
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE DMs. You can never go wrong with them. I inherited a pair from my cousin when I was about 13 and then got my own brand new pair when I was 16/17 which I still have to this day (and are still in amazing condition) – I’m now 28!

  3. Thanks for the back story on this iconic shoe! I had no idea there was an actual Dr. Marten and that the purpose of the shoe was pretty much orthopedic 🙂 I used to wear Docs in high school, but to be honest, it was only because everyone else was. I find them a bit too clunky now, although I do wear Sorel’s at winter so not sure why Doc Marten’s are any different. Maybe like your husband I associate it with something from my past. Oh, I used to wear them with long skirts, too, especially of the floral variety (have to remember I’m a girl).
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