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      21.12.2011 19:44
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      A shoe/boot or heel that will never go out of fashion

      Doc martens, more commonly known as DM's used to be very popular amongst the punks and still are today along with other sub cultures such as emo's, goths and whatever else you want to call them. Usually paired with tartan trousers and outrageous hair styles and colours these days you can see them on the average person teamed up with today's main stream fashion. DM's come in lots of styles such as shoes, ankle calf and knee boots and also in heeled boots too,I have to say these are not the cheapest of shoes these days as the boots range between £70 - £130 depending what style you get. I finally received my first pair of calf length boots for Christmas a few years back, mine are a matte black but you can get these in loves of matte colours, patent colours and you can get patterned ones too like stars and flowers making these very funky indeed.

      There's only one really bad thing I can say about DM's is that they are made of real leather, this might not seem like a big deal to some but it is for me. I'm not a vegetarian but I simply don't like the thought of a pore animal being ripped apart for everything it has to offer and I dislike things made out of animals such as leather and sheep skins.

      I am a small girl indeed measuring only 5ft 3" and my feet at a massive size 6, people don't really notice until I have these boots on, their chunky masculine fit makes my feet look really long and bulbous which I can only laugh at as these are beautiful and nothing will make me stop wearing them. The first thing I remember about these shoes despite how big my feet look in them, is the amount of pain I was in the first few times I wore these, I really didn't understand how I got so many blisters because I have never worn more comfier boots in my life, these are also really heavy to walk in but you do get used to it after wearing them a few hundred times! I still get out of breath quicker if I'm walking fast in these boots, so they do make a great work out.

      The calf boots themselves have 10 shoe lace holes in them but I only do mine up to the 8th hole because I like loose boots and this allows them to be lose enough without them slipping on and off my feet as I walk. The heels of this are made of gum and is made up of 8 layers compacted together to create one thick heel which measures just under and inch so I'm happy this gives me a tiny bit of height [yay] Because the heels are made of this material it doesn't wear down to easily after years of wearing mine it has only just started to show at the back of the heel. This also has extra grip on the bottom and I found these very useful in the winter of 2010/2011 I think we all could of DM's in that time. The stitching around the shoe and the heel is visible which gives it that extra feature. You can wear these with just about anything whether it's for casual or for going out, you can wear these with jeans, skirts and shorts and they will still look amazing.

      Overall, these are extremely expensive but they will certainly pay off because they last that long compared to shoes/boots these days there's enough styles to suit everybody and this is a product that will never go out of fashion despite the agonising pain throughout the first few months of wearing these I can honestly say them pain is worth it. You can wear these with anything and to anything making them the perfect shoe indeed, if these do get dirty, just a damp cloth running over it and they're as good as new again, I've worn mine for the past few years almost everyday and the heel is only a tiny bit worn so they are worth the money and these are highly recommended.

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        22.07.2011 01:28

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        The best footwear you will ever buy.

        DMs have long been a fashion staple but their recent resurgence has seen them on the feet of many a teenager. However it takes the whole package to pull these off, and with a fairly hefty pricetag they might be a committment. However, buy and love one pair and you'll be buying lots more! Luckily, once your feet get used to your first pair, you'll not experience rubbing with the other lots which is always a benefit. Everyone that is familiar brand will see the tag hanging out of the back and give you a smile. These shoes aren't about 'fitting in'- they look great, stand well at gigs and they are actually really comfy, so ignore the fashion kids! The vast range of colours, patterns and designs mean that you can never get bored with buying these. Team with leggings or tights and a dress for a grungey look, or, for the boys, tuck your drainpipes into a black pair for a classic alternative look.

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        19.02.2010 02:42
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        A worthy investment for anybody

        I received my first pair of Docs for Christmas when I was 14. It was the beginning of a lifelong love affair. They were burgundy, sparkly little eight hole beauties and I wore them every day. Nine years later, those Docs have holes in and my little toes poke out of the sides. I don't wear them anymore, but I haven't been able to throw them away. My mum tried once and I took them out of the bin.

        When I was sixteen, I received a black men's pair with steel toes. At 17, I got a pink pair, and in the last couple of years I've bought myself a bright red pair from a shop in Camden and for Christmas one year, I got a pair of Doctor Marten shoes - not boots, shoes, little purple leopard print Mary Janes.

        Needless to say, I love DMs. They've lasted me for years and I've had so many compliments on them! I wear them a LOT - I was wearing them daily for years and walking long distances in them. They do take some wearing in as the boots tend to rub on your heels a little when you first wear them, but once they're worn in, they're incredibly comfortable, especially as they all have cushioned soles. They're sturdy shoes - they were invented by an army doctor as the army-issued shoes weren't comfortable and after that, they were often worn by people whose jobs involved being on their feet all day.

        Originally, all Docs were made with real leather, but in recent years, a vegan range has come out. The company has expanded massively since its original workboot days - boots are available in a huge selection of styles, colours and patterns, from ankle boots to knee highs. There are also shoes available now - sandals and walking shoes and work shoes and stylish colourful shoes. There's something for everyone in the Doctor Marten range. They've had a few weird reputations - they were associated with skinheads for years, and lots of people now don't seem to realise that not all Docs are big clunky black things. I'm very girly and I love my heels, but I love my Docs far more. They're a great little individual touch to a outfit, too, since they're available in so many styles and although I shouldn't judge people by their shoes, I automatically feel warm towards people wearing Docs (and the distinctive yellow stitching always gives them away!).

        The only issue I have had with them, though, is that the most recent pair of boots I've bought (my lovely shiny red ones) the soles began peeling off and falling apart, less than a year after I bought them! Now, a year of daily wear doesn't seem too bad, but these boots cost me £55 and all my other Docs have lasted for years (literally, 4 or 5 years minimum). When I took them to a cobbler (my shoes were, luckily, fixable and it's only the sole that had the problem, not the beautiful colourful upper), he said that he'd seen this problem with lots of newly-made Docs and said they're not making them the way they used to and that it was better to keep an eye out for second-hand Docs from the 80s instead. I don't know if that's true, but I really hope it's not because I want to continue buying Docs in all the lovely colours and patterns they're making! The thing is, I've had so many wonderful experiences with Docs that I can't mark them down a star because of this one mishap.

        Docs do tend to hover around the £50 mark, but they are well worth it (as long as you don't get a falling-apart pair!) because they do usually last for an incredibly long time, so it's a good investment. I wear my colourful ones with jeans or skirts or trousers for socialising, I wear them when I'm walking a long way and need comfort, and they are brilliant for sightseeing and things like that where you'll be on your feet all day. When I clean my black pair, I'll be wearing them for work because in 4 months, I've gone through 3 pairs of cheap black shoes and it makes much more sense to just wear my hard-wearing Docs instead of buying a million pairs of cheap shoes!

        I think that I'll be wearing Docs for the rest of my life, and when I kick the bucket, my feet will be clad in (hopefully futuristic, space-age, rocket powered) DMs.

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          15.12.2009 13:18
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          People will know you're wearing DMs

          All through school (some 15-20 years ago) I was desperate for some Docs. All my friends had them and my mum decided I wasn't allowed any as they were 'too expensive'. Cherry reds were the colour of choice for the discerning school girl, and I had to make do with some cheap knock-off 'Sargent Pepper' boots that everyone could see were not the real thing. Then through the noughties the Doc was not so much the choice of fashionable young folk, and they were associated more with ageing rockers and hippies. But now they are back in the fashion limelight and I decided I wanted some again, the difference being this time that I was not at the mercy of my mother's finances. So off I went to the Dr Martens shop in Covent Garden and what a lovely, leathery heaven it was. Out I came, bag in hand, with a beautiful pair of 10-hole cherry reds to my name. It's like the noughties never happened!

          Doc Martens come in all shapes and sizes these days, but most people associate them with the 10-hole boots that are so iconic of DMs. The uppers are made of real leather and come in every colour from black to silver to hot pink to snakeskin. They also have the trademark yellow stitching around the tops of the soles which give them that recognisability. Havng only had my DMs for about 6 months, I can't say from personal experience how long they last but I have it on good authority that DMs can be worn daily and still last for years.

          Now onto the down side; these rub your feet. Big time. I was almost in tears the first time I wore them and when I took them off they had ripped layers of skin off the backs of my heels. I then had to wait a week for them to heal before attempting the DMs again, only this time with multiple socks and big plasters on the heels. They rubbed again. Damnit! Another week's break. Try again. Better this time, but still not worn in. Anyway, you get the idea. They are now almost completely worn in, although it has taken me some time to get there. They are actually pretty comfy now that I have successfully moulded them to my feet, although because they are hard-bottomed they aren't the softest things to walk on. But they are pretty hardy so I am expecting them to last me a few years.

          I have since bought myself some DM biker boots which needed no wearing in whatsoever and are the sturdiest thing I have ever bought. And I got them in a size 9 in women's which is a rarity indeed. They have a hard-bottomed sole and they make a clopping noise when I walk, but they're showing no signs of being worn away any time soon. They cost me £90 but they were totally worth it for the wear that I've had out of them.

          All in all, a pair of DMs is a pretty good investment. They will last you an age and I don't actually think they're that expensive in the first place (mine were about £50). They really keep your feet warm in cold weather too!

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            19.03.2009 22:28
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            Recommended - a footware staple

            Doc Martens have definatly proved that can pass the test of time. My dad used to wear them back in the 70's and here I am in 2009 with almost the exact same design on my feet. I own 2 pairs of classic boots - in black and oxblood red, as well as another 2 older pairs I wore throughout high school and some orange ones. The reason I love Docs so much is because they look cool! This cannot be denied, they are the coolest boots ever, and no matter what anyone else says its important to be cool! They're also so hardwearing (the amount of things I have fallen into or kicked without so much as a scuff!) and are extremely versitale - they can be worn with skirts, pants, shorts or even nothing at all!
            Although the price tag can be hefty (at £59.99 for a classic pair of 8-eyelits at schuh) they will last you a life-time and will soon become your 'trusty' pair of boots. They can take a while to wear in, which to be honest has always resulted in 4 weeks of bleeding feet for me, however when they are worn in they are the most comfortable shoes. They look good with almost anything and will add style and attitude to any outfit. Get some!

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              02.10.2006 10:14
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              greatest shoe ever

              I also have a pair of Doc Martins actually I have 2 one pair of lace ups and another pair of navy blue 8 eyelet boots. I must say they are the best shoes I have ever had. I prefer to only wear Leather shoes as I don't like having smelly trainers that get dirty easily. the docs go with everything in my wardrobe the 8 eyelet boots are the most versitile as you can match them with Jeans and shirt or tee or denim shorts and tee for a more funky look the lace up pair I match up with shirt and tie for work.

              Unlike trainers they always look good year round they are easy to clean and feet don't get hot and smelly after a long walk.

              They come in a range of colours to suit all tastes and I can honestly recomend then to anyone that wants to stand out and be different.

              Cleaning them
              I just use either shoe polish and brush or bees wax and using a cloth to polish with.

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                02.10.2006 10:11
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                greatest shoe ever

                I also have a pair of Doc Martins actually I have 2 one pair of lace ups and another pair of navy blue 8 eyelet boots. I must say they are the best shoes I have ever had. I prefer to only wear Leather shoes as I don't like having smelly trainers that get dirty easily. the docs go with everything in my wardrobe the 8 eyelet boots are the most versitile as you can match them with Jeans and shirt or tee or denim shorts and tee for a more funky look the lace up pair I match up with shirt and tie for work.

                Unlike trainers they always look good year round they are easy to clean and feet don't get hot and smelly after a long walk.

                They come in a range of colours to suit all tastes and I can honestly recomend then to anyone that wants to stand out and be different.

                Cleaning them
                I just use either shoe polish and brush or bees wax and using a cloth to polish with.

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                  27.03.2003 20:28
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                  Doc Marten boots are the only footwear for me. Just like Walli10 I am a girl with size 9 feet and I share the frustration of trying to find shoes that fit. My problem is compounded by a dislike of "fancy" shoes and shoes with heels (i'm 6 foot as it is). Ever since I was about 10 I have wanted a pair but my school wouldn't let you wear boots so I had to wait. When I left to go to college I jumped out and bought my first pair. I got the classic 1460 (1st April 1960 was the day they were first produced) 8 eye boots in smooth black. Ah I can remember the first time I clomped about in them after years of boring shoes and trainers. It was great. I got them from a little shoe shop in Cornwall while we were on holiday for only £30. They were in a lot that had been rejected because there was a tiny scratch on the toe so they were only half the normal £50-60 you would pay. After a bit of wearing in they were the most comfortable footwear I had ever had. The special air-wear sole cushions your feet when you walk and they mould to fit your foot. I wore them to college, at work, to interviews and work experience at a solicitors. To make them smart I would just shine them up a bit. I never wore any other shoes. Sadly due to the way I walk they have developed small holes in the sides. I still wear them but they aren't as smart as they were. To counter this I bought two more pairs over the internet - a pair of smooth navy coloured ones and black ones with union jacks on the toe caps. Really you have to see them to believe them - my dad calls them my clown shoes (I say he just doesn't understand fashion). The blue ones were around £50 and the union jack ones £70. I can now wear all these boots alternately, although where I work part time doesn't seem to support me wearing the union jack ones with my uniform. This will hopefully slow down the wear and tear and give some variety. They are very sturdy but 12 hours a day, 7 days a week w
                  ill eventually get to the best made of footwear. I would urge anyone thinking of getting some docs to do so - I favour the classic 1460 8 eye boot but they do loads of other boots (up to 20 eye!) and shoes in loads of colurs, sandles and even kids docs. They are very cute with scribbled designs all over them. The boots take some breaking in but will then be moulded to your feet and very comfortable. Some time I'm going to get some 14 eye boots or some bright yellow ones and scare people!

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                    Cast your mind back. It's the early nineties and you're at a festival watching The Levellers, with dreadlocks and combat shorts and a vest on. What are you wearing on your feet? Yes, DM boots, with hiking socks. OR, cast your mind back to a different past. It's the early nineties, and you're watching Pearl Jam. You have long hair but it's not dreaded. You are still wearing combat shorts OR stone-washed blue jeans with rips at the knees, with a T-shirt. But you are still wearing DM boots with hiking socks. That's not to say that Doc Martens have only been around for that long. In fact, they are fifty odd years old, the product of a man of the same name as the company, who developed a new comfortable shoe - using old tyres - for people whose feet required it. They eventually became a style icon, notably with those crazy punks, and everyone remembers the girl at school who had a pair and attacked them with Tip-Ex to make them look more, ahem, unique. I remember going in to buy my first pair of DMs, at £49.99 for the standard black up-to-the-bottom-of-the-calf boot. My dad wasn't too impressed - after all, he was paying and at 50 quid I think he had better ideas for what shoes I should buy for school. But I wanted those DMs soooo badly. So I went out with my mum instead in order to get round the dad hurdle, and we (she [he]) bought them and took them home. That was SIX years ago. I think that now my dad realises the true economy of his unwitting purchase, because these boots are still going strong. Yes, they are scuffed, they are battered. They are creased, worn, slightly torn, and all no thanks to my treatment of them at school, playing football at break, kicking cans down the street, running around and being up to no good - all the things a sixteen year old boy gets up to. But my DMs are still comfortable. They are, without any doubt, the most comfortable shoes which aren't training s
                    hoes I have ever worn. So much so that I bought another pair which pass quite acceptably for smart shoe wear without subjecting your feet to the kind of pain which feels like dwarves are leaning their axes on your toes. DMs are available in all sorts of varieties now, too. There are high cut boots, lower cut boots, and boots cut so low that they are no longer boots but shoes. Then there are the shoes which have so much of the upper missing that they are sandals. There are laced shoes and buckled shoes. Everything you could desire, including the wide variety of coloured and sprayed boots which can look stylish, but also quite freakish. All of them are so comfortable though, really they are. If you've never tried a pair of these on, and you don't believe me, try them on for yourself and eat your words. They are snug and well made, and the quality of workmanship is so good that they last an absolute age. They are versatile things, which you can wear casually or smartly, or if you really must, paint or spray them, and they still look pretty good. They're a bit like the shoe equivalent of the Beetle car, really. I've even got a DMs wallet, which I've also had for six years. It has been dropped, opened, closed, lost, found, lost again, talked about briefly, found again, and has absorbed a ridiculous amount of drink in its lifetime. Squeeze it, and you could open a brewery. But even now, despite being a little scuffed and worn, it's still going strong, the most reliable wallet I've ever had. So there you have it. It only remains to say that if you're at university and you're a boy who's going to one of those union "Back to School" nights, and you want to go as a school girl but can't find shoes to fit, DMs are the perfect solution. I have never done this. I am wearing mine now as I write this, for inspiration. I am wearing nothing else but hiking socks.

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                      03.12.2001 01:47
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                      The History behind the shoe: Doctor Marten (Dr. Klaus Maerten, the correct spelling of his name) was an Orthopedist who, along with another doctor, designed the first shoe, known as Doc Martens. It was said, he did so after hurting his foot in a skiing accident. The shoe was designed with a special sole that trapped air between two layers of rubber (polyurethane). While this shoe was originally marketed for women, they are generally worn by men and still have a large market for women and men and are even worn by children. Doc Martens have had good and bad thoughts connected to them. Many view them as a fashion/style statement while others see them as a rebellious piece of apparel. Few see them as beneficial footwear, yet that is exactly what they can be. Doc Martens were known in Europe first, particularly in England, as the orthopedic shoe they were, yet when they caught on as a fashion statement in the Western world it was far from the fit and comfort, they were bought. These shoes were desired by most teens, in the boot and laced shoe style. I recall them being referred to as the 8-holer and so on (according the the number of lace holes the shoe/boot had). During this time my son was 12-13 years old and wanted a pair. They were an expensive thought, so this young boy could make a statement. It was decided we would pay for half and he would pay the difference out of his after school job. His first pair were just shy of the £80 mark. What followed, came as a pleasant surprise. My son?s feet had been a nightmare from the time he had started to walk. I had paid large amounts of money for his baby shoes, with little success in his comfort. He then proceeded to wear a boot style orthopedic shoe from the time he was in first grade. By the time he was 10 he didn?t want to wear them anymore. When he started to wear the Doc Martens, his feet would no longer hurt him while wearing shoes. These shoes were his fashion statement and
                      a mother?s relief all in one (how often does that happen). Young teens wearing Doc Martens became targets in England, Canada and the United States. They were accosted in parking lots, school grounds and malls and the shoes were stolen. The shoes were bannered in some schools and even certain religious denominations forbade them. Conclusion: These shoes were designed for comfort and did their job. The fashion end of the deal was just a bonus for those who benefited from their original purpose. They are long wearing shoes, so therefore, I found the cost was balanced out by the durability and the comfort.

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                        Being fashionable is an art form for some - for others they become fashionistas for a brief period of their lives, only to fizzle out and become all too human again. The 1980s ushered in a time when I was truly fashionable. Hair - flat top (this came after the Bonoesque cut gelled hairspayed and backcombed until it had to be flattened using the spilt pint of lager bowl-head technique.) Clothes - leggings, black poloneck jumper, short skirt - ah heaven). Make-up - white pancake foundation, mucho eyeliner, pale lipstick. Footwear - the totemic and ultra cool DMs. To complete this look I wore very thick socks - often two or more pairs at a time. This was the only problem with the Doc Marten shoe. After a couple of weeks they were enormously comfortable - and I was never without them when marching against Apartheid, the Tories, in support of the Miners and more - but I could only wear them with huge amounts of sock in place. DMs are really only suitable for those with average or wider than average feet. My feet have always been very slim (AA - when they still did that fitting as a child, and now a C) and to my eternal regret, the DM was only for me with a woolly Wonder Bra in place. If you can't wear DMs because your feet are too skinny like mine - do not despair. Suitable alternatives are: Monkey Boots (if they still make them - haven't seen a pair in years, although these were still a little on the wide side). and my favourites: Kickers. Kickers do a black ankle height boot that is an extremely slim fitting, and they fit my skinny feet perfectly. Looks like I will miss out on being a fashionista yet again because of the feet - but what is new - my entire childhood was one long letch through shoe shop windows coveting the unattainable average shoe.

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                          I love wearing DM's after the first couple of weeks!! They absolutely kill when you first put em on. I have been wearing them since I was about 6 - I am 19 now and still wear them. I have loads of them, but my favourites are still the classic black ones, 8 eyelet boots with the yellow stitching. I like em cos anyone can wear em!! They are especially good if you have big feet (mine are size nine and I am fed up of trying to squeeze my chubby feet into size 8 fashion shoes!) Dm's are also generous in size and are quite wide - another plus for them. The only thing about them is they are quite expensive from about £45 - £80. Heres a tip for all you people who like to wear em, if you are ever in Northamptonshire where they are made, there are two Doc Shops which sell them for about £25. I think that they are well worth the money because they are well made and last for years.

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                            14.05.2001 03:19
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                            There is but one part of the body, pretty much, on which it is impossible to have plastic surgery: your feet. I know this because it's the one cosmetic operation that I would pay anything to undergo. Since I was fairly small I have had very large feet, which to mine and my mother's dismay continued to grow enthusiastically as I did. Shoe shopping trips became, at a very early age, a nightmare: try finding school shoes in adult sizes or, these days, nice girlie shoes in my current size, a whopping nine. I have spent many, many shopping trips trying to force my feet into a size 8 I really really liked, as the fashion police in this country have decreed that for a woman to have size nine feet is simply Not Allowed. A few years ago, however I gave in. Enough of feeling like one of the ugly sisters every time I needed a new pair of shoes. Enough of pinching and rubbing, of hobbling along ín a foul mood pretending I was perfectly all right: it was time to return to an old favourite. Now I look back, I wonder exactly why it took me so long to rediscover the doc marten, a shoe and boot without which, when I was fifteen, you were simply not considered a proper teenager. But after a brief flirtation with mens shoes (which almost always still look stubbornly and unattractively like mens shoes on me), it seemed I had no other choice. So, it was off to the big DM store in Covent Garden, tho you'll probably get a better deal if you do things the traditional way and head to Covent Garden Market. But I wanted to see what the full range was like these days and so I headed to the flagship store. Two things struck me. DMs are really expensive these days: the shoes start at £50 ish and they come now in more forms and colours than I could ever imagine, to the point that lots don't even look like doccers any more. There are ones like Kickers, ones like Timberlands, customised ones with drawings all over them, the classic steel-toe cap side by side w
                            ith sandals... the list goes on and on. Nevertheless, I was instinctively drawn to the classics: the eight-hole black DM boot with the distinctive yellow stitching, and the slightly more subduded but equally recognisable 6 hole shoe. Now, I am assuming here that you know what DMs look like - if you don't, the pic at the top of the page shows the classic boot and all you have to know about the shoes is that they're less obvious but just as tough. Now, I did try on the boots, I must confess. But when I looked at my feet, I was sixteen again, and it was not a feeling I liked. I felt like I'd have to go home and dig out my Stone Roses and James t-shirts, my old black leggings, my goth skirt, dye my hair an unnatural shade of orange and scowl a lot to accessorise them properly and frankly, that wouldn't go down too well at work. So call me old and boring and conservative, but I went for the plain, matt-black shoes. And started wearing them, at which point I remembered another vital thing about doccers, which is that they absolutely KILL. Now, in my experience all new shoes put up a bit of a fight when you first wear them and have to be walked into submission before they agree to fit properly and be comfortable. Doccers, however, are the spoiled teenagers of the shoe world: they will strop and argue and murder your feet to within an inch of your endurance. Just as you feel they should be getting more comfortable, you'll find them pinching somewhere new, and as you hobble down the street you'll wonder why you ever bought the damn things. It was at this point I remembered a ritual we used to have at school: everyone who bought a new pair of doccers had to bring them to school, where we'd clear the classroom and everyone would jump up and down on them and kick them around as part of the breaking in process. This was partly because there was little uncooler than brand new DMs, but also because it did help soften t
                            hem. In my case, my new pair hurt so much that after a month or so I gave up and they went to the back of my wardrobe for the summer. But the following winter I had my annual problem of no available winter shoes, so out they came again for another bout.And this time, they submitted fairly easily - and my perserverance was rewarded, because from that day on they became quite simply the most comfortable pair of shoes I have ever owned, and now I absolutely live in them. Because they're so tough, they hardly even show wear and tear, I never polish them, they're cool enough to wear out but conservative enough for offices and maybe even interviews - in short, my perfect shoe. And I know from past experience that now they've decided to co-operate they'll last forever. I had a pair of boots once that lasted a whopping nine years - six years on their previous owner who gave them to me, and another three on my tootsies - both of us wearing them constantly. Impressive, huh? So while they may be expensive and painful initially, they will repay your investment of time and agony in spades, and for this I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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                              08.05.2001 04:26
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                              When i have doc martens, i always find that the uppers last well enough, they're always better when they're a bit worn out and more comfortable, (or in my case covered in paint)but, i always have trouble with the soles as they do not last well enough, and they wear down and go all slippy, it isn't fun pushing a trolley in asda like this. Why can't i have a good sole when i've really worn in my boots, they will last like this for a long time yet, i know this, but i will just have to keep slipping about like a fool,

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                                17.03.2001 18:02
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                                I'm non too forgiving on my shoes. I've bought pricey shoes that last six months and cheap ones that manage around four. When I choose a soft sole it wears away before anything else has a chance to give. When I upgrade to a sturdier sole the shoe tends to come away from the sole at the front. If I use glue I might get a little more time with the sole, but the leather itself starts to deteriorate. My favoured footwear is anything practical and comfortable. Trainers meet the comfort requirement but they're not good in the wet and have a tendency to wear out even more quickly than shoes do. Early last year I found a solid pair of Wrangler shoes that appeared to fit the bill, but after two months and an entire tube of glue they were ruined as the sole flopped away from the body of the shoe with every step. So I turned to Doc Martens and I have no regrets. My shoes cost me approximately sixty pounds - more than I would usually pay but it was an excellent investment. Eleven months on the shoes are starting to protest but remain in a better condition than any I've bought before. Doc Martens have been making shoes and boots since the late 1940s and their primary concerns have always been comfort and sturdiness. With a lifetime of experience the shoes they sell today fit both bills perfectly. Most Docs are "air wair" style - the soles are impregnated with air to offer a comfortable step. The well made and sturdy uppers are sewn firmly to the bottom of the shoe so that they will not separate. I have the "Municipal" 3 eyelet classic shoe, one of a huge range of shoes and boots available suitable for any age, baby to adult. My shoes are plain black with yellow stitching, but Docs are available in a huge variety of styles: from snake-skin to flower power, boots to sandals, sensible to eccentric, patent leather to suede, most people will find some item of footwear they are happy with. The makers never inten
                                ded to create a fashinable shoe, they simply wanted practicality but the enduring style and the sturdiness of the footwear have seen them become something of a fashion icon. The company now thrives and accessories such as pencil tins or bags are seen as cool and desirable icons. The web site offers a good look at what is available and will even locate your nearest supplier. All in all Docs are a well thought out product with a following to match. View the web site at http://www.drmartens.com/ (beware: flash heavy site).

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