The OG of Dr. Martens leather is the classic Smooth. Although stiff to start, after a few weeks of breaking in, it forms to your feet for a comfortable, personalized fit that lasts for years to come. Used for the brand’s most iconic styles like the 1460, Smooth Leather is truly a wardrobe investment.
A fine grain leather coated with a high-shine, glossy finish. Patent Lamper styles are not quite as stiff as Smooth Leather, but still require breaking in for a comfortable fit. Try not to scuff this style too much to maintain a lasting glossy look.
We’re grouping these two leathers together because of their soft, supple and pliable feel. These leathers are easily broken in and immediately comfortable. The matte look of the Nappa and Virginia set them apart from the classic Smooth Leather.
Arcadia is smooth and glossy, but designed to tarnish with wear. Over time, it’s two-tone “rub-off” surface reveals a lighter contrast color underneath, particularly in the toe and heel area. Be careful not to use any leather cleaners on Arcadia as they could damage the two-tone effect.
The Dr. Martens Felix Rub-Off Vegan Leather is a high-shine synthetic material with a premium feel and a subtle, two-tone finish. Made with 100% vegan materials and construction, the brand’s vegan options retain all the classic Doc DNA but in a vegan-friendly package.
We have covered the major Dr. Martens leathers, but they certainly don’t end there. Greasy is soft and lightweight with an oily, waxed coating and matte look. Carpathian is the brand’s premium, full-grain leather with a natural, supple texture. Finally, Crazy Horse Leather is distressed with a waxy finish, lightweight and brown in color.