The Complete Dr. Martens Leather Guide

The Complete Dr. Martens Leather Guide Iconic footwear defines Dr. Martens. Investing in a pair of these classic styles is investing in your future as a sartorial force. But where to begin? The 1460 8-Eye Boot is the simplest and smartest answer. This boot’s longtime relevance in modern culture is thanks to the brand’s philosophy of self-expression, rebel spirit and authentic design—and who wouldn’t want that in their life? So, “add to cart,” right? Almost. The 1460, along with many Dr. Martens boots and shoes, is available in over eight different leather varieties. From Smooth leather, the famously stiff, classic choice, to supple Virginia leather, to two-toned Arcadia leather, to vegan-friendly options, there is a Dr. Martens leather for every lifestyle. Use this leather guide to find the one that perfectly fits yours. Shop Dr. Martens

The Complete Dr. Martens Leather Guide

The Complete Dr. Martens Leather Guide

Iconic footwear defines Dr. Martens. Investing in a pair of these classic styles is investing in your future as a sartorial force. But where to begin? The 1460 8-Eye Boot is the simplest and smartest answer. This boot’s longtime relevance in modern culture is thanks to the brand’s philosophy of self-expression, rebel spirit and authentic design—and who wouldn’t want that in their life? So, “add to cart,” right? Almost. The 1460, along with many Dr. Martens boots and shoes, is available in over eight different leather varieties. From Smooth leather, the famously stiff, classic choice, to supple Virginia leather, to two-toned Arcadia leather, to vegan-friendly options, there is a Dr. Martens leather for every lifestyle. Use this leather guide to find the one that perfectly fits yours.

Smooth

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.

Patent Lamper

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.

Nappa & Virginia

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

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.

Vegan

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.

Carpathian, Crazy Horse & More

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.