Who wears Dr. Martens? Rebels. Punks. Goths. Industrial rockers. Artists. Anyone different. Whether or not you fit in, you'll feel comfortable taking on the world in "Doc" Martens boots.
The original tough loves, Dr. Martens 1460 boots broke the mold in manufacturing before they did with cultural conventions. Like so many garage bands form, it all started with a classified ad - a British shoemaker answered one from German doctors seeking footwear partners. The Griggs family brought a tradition of quality craftsmanship dating back to 1901, while Dr. Maertens and Dr. Funck offered game-changing innovation. Adopting a more English-friendly spelling for their new brand's name, they debuted Dr. Martens boots in 1960. With 8 eyelets (shoelace rings) embellishing each side, genuine leather in solid black or brown (to start), and a border of thick yellow stitches securing the upper to the outsoles, the original 1460 Dr. Martens were - and still are - unmistakable. These workhorses were a hit with blue-collar workers thanks to groundbreaking air-cushioned soles and rugged design with tremendous tread. But across Europe and America, the 60s brought youthful revolution with rock 'n roll, civil rights, tripping hippies, and war protests. Free-spirited teenagers quickly claimed 1460 Dr. Martens boots as their own, thanks in part to guitar gods other rebellious celebrities rocking them in solidarity with the disenchanted working classes. The trend grew stronger and more diverse in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Many saw these road warriors as blank canvases, painting, pinning, ripping, and otherwise customizing them as they would their clothing and skin. The fact that 1460s haven't really changed beyond color and pattern choices speaks to their timeless appeal.
Today, you don't necessarily have to be counterculture or like work shoes to enjoy the fearless fashion of Dr. Martens. Now there are more casual options for men, women, and even kids. Go low-cut with the sturdy 1461 shoes, refined Oxfords, or the Mary Janes that vary from cuties to bolder, buckled beauties. Don't love laces? Ditch 'em with Chelsea boots. Regardless of which pair you pick, get ready for a new level of comfort and confidence wherever you roam.