“ Brand: Dr Marten / Type: Boots „
I have owned several pairs of Docs over the years, and always associate them with good quality comfort and a certain slightly punky but cool style. Like the previous reviewer, I however had some problems with these particular Docs.
When I bought them, these boots were a lovely burnished looking finish, and looked very high quality. Of course the style is a little more casual, being flat and having quite a squarish toe, but they did look smart enough I thought. Plus there are also a few attractive decorative details, like the contrasting stitching on the outside, and flower patterned trim on the inside of the zip. However, I did find that the toe of the boot fairly quickly started to discolour, even though I wasn't wearing them on nature walks or anything like that. And then I had problems with the zips too. I think it was after just a year of wear that the first zip broke and had to be repaired. Then the following year it happened to the other shoe, and I think now I have had zips repaired a total of 3 or 4 times. I am now somewhat nervous wearing these when walking downstairs as this puts extra pressure on the zip and I worry it will break again, which is really annoying when you're out somewhere! I also never tuck my pants into these boots, as I do with other boots, because again I don't want to put extra strain on the zips.
All of this isn't a total catastrophe, as I can and do still wear the boots, and generally they are still very comfortable and haven't worn too much in other ways. The soles are still in good condition, for example. But I do find it annoying that boots from a brand I usually rely on have not lived up to my expectations, and it's certainly not like they were really cheap!
So, all in all I haven't completely given up on Dr Martens yet, but I could not really recommend this particular model, and it does make me hesitant to invest in any other non-lace up boots from the manufacturer.
I've had these Dr Marten boots for a couple of seasons now, though in a different colour to the one shown. I bought them because I trust the Dr Marten brand to be comfortable, and long-lasting. Also of course I like the look of them - but that's always going to be a matter of personal taste, isn't it!
Being Dr Marten, and made from a very sturdy feeling, rather hard leather, they did take a little wearing in at first. However, this process was really fast I found - a lot faster than with the traditional lace-up Dr Marten boots. I think these boots gave me very slight blisters/irritation on the first day that I wore them but were absolutely fine after that.
These boots are fabulous for the winter because, especially at first, they are basically waterproof and I never had any trouble walking through puddles, snow, wet ground etc. However, they don't have any sort of lining or padding on the inside, so you do need to wear thicker socks inside them to really make sure your feet stay warm.
The boots have a gum/rubber sole that, as you can see in the picture, is slightly raised at the heel. I find that this gives you that slight bit of extra leg-length that every girl wants, but doesn't compromise the comfort. These shoes are so comfortable I can walk around in them all day. Also, because the toe is round and quite wide, there is absolutely no rubbing of your toes against the shoe, as is so often the case with boots that are either pointy-toed or more severely cut. All in all I really can't recommend these shoes enough, based purely on comfort, they are simply extremely comfortable to wear.
As I have touched on, the leather quality is great. Unlike some other expensive shoes, where the leather is really soft but then starts to break down straight away, the leather on the Dr Martens is quite thick and seemingly quite unflexible - although this will soon mould to your shape and won't give you any comfort issues. Because I've worn my boots so much they have started to get a bit scuffed at the front (I've been really very rough with them) but I find that a bit of a brush with some polish and they're back to being almost as good as new. This is, in my eyes, definitely a testament to the quality and durability of the leather.
So am I saying there are no disadvantages? Well, no, unfortunately I have had some problems with these. While the leather has been super durable, I have found that the zipper, which is on the inside leg to do the boots up, is not. Walking down some stairs one day the zipper on one leg just popped open and I couldn't fix it at all. Then 6 months later the same thing happened on the other boot, plus the zipper stitching had started to pull away from the leather on the first boot. I did find this very disappointing, despite the usage I'd given the boots, and emailed Dr Marten to let them know but never got a response. As I said, this is definitely a nuisance, and says to me that the quality of the zippers is not what it should be, expecially in the context of shoes that are otherwise so durable. However, I can't complain too much as it cost less than 10 pounds each time to get the zipper fixed and I'm pretty sure the boots will now last another good season or two, still looking pretty good, so it's only a small problem I'd say.
If you like the Dr Marten look, and are searching for some comfortable, reliable shoes, then these are definitely the way to go!
Genuine leather upper, Solid sole with non-slip traction on toe and heel.