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I've always absolutely loved Dr Marten shoes. I always associated them with things that were edgy and alternative, a bit cool and with a bad attitude. Obviously at the age of 14/15 this is EXACTLY what I aspired to be. Whether that was a wise move or not is yet to be seen, but the Dr Martens I linked with my new found rebellious streak are still a firm favourite. I have several pairs, but the original 1914 boot is definitely my favourite.
I get all of my Doc Marten's online from their online store, because the shipping is very reasonable, and sometimes free. These are about £70-£80, which although might seem a lot for a pair of shoes is actually totally justified. They're very very durable and last a really long time.
Doc Marten's are obviously associated with more alternative culture, so if you're after that sort of look then they're perfect. Some of the things I wear mine with:
- Black skinny jeans and a band tshirt
- Floral dress
- Miniskirt and blouse with tights
- Fishnets and a dress on a night out
These are only the things I like to wear mine with, and as you can tell they're pretty versatile and go with pretty much anything.
***THE PRODUCT IN GENERAL***
Comfort: although they take a little while to settle into, and you often get blisters when you first buy them and wear them in, they're SO comfortable. You can wear them pretty much anywhere and be comfy.
Durability: I've had my 1914 boots for about three years now and they're still absolutely brilliant. Obviously they look a little scuffed and tatty now they're not brand new but I've had absolutely no problems with them. They stand up to any weather (so I like splashing in puddles in mine) which can be useful if you live somewhere wet and snowy.
OVERALL: These 1914 boots are 100% a good investment if you're looking for something stylish, fun and durable. Not only do you feel and look really cool when wearing them, they'll also last you a lifetime. I'd reccomend them to absolutely anybody.
Aaaaaah... 1994. Kurt Cobain shot himself, Richey Edwards was still in the Manics, and I entered the Sixth Form. I also got my first ever pair of Doc Marten Boots bought for me by my Nana, whilst on holiday in Wales. The source of my boots was not something I broadcast at the time, but looking back, I am particularly flabberghasted at the fact that one of the most stylish women ever to have walked the planet could bring herself to spend her money on such items. I must have really really wanted them...
Haha. I'm saying that like I can't remember! The truth is, I had been desperately pining for some since I was about 12. I'd bought myself some horrendous old army boots out of a surplus store, that were about five sizes too big and completely lacerated my ankles every time I wore them, but proper Doc Martens was what I really wanted - 14 holes, black, and cool as f***
When I did actually get them, I bore my blisters with pride for months to wear them in properly. I wore them to the school gates and back, and once managed to get a note from my doctor when I injured my foot to say I should wear the boots at school as they provided excellent support. At the poncey school for young la-di-das that I attended, that made me the instant object of everyone's envy, and resuted in a spate of "copycat" injuries.
Once worn in they were the most comfortable boots in existence. They are made from leather, and have special bouncing soles (not literally, though that would be hilarious) which have little cushions of air that buffer you as you walk. I wore mine year in year out till I was about 20, they came to Reading Festival with me, did a 20 mile sponsored walk, with no hint of any deterioration whatsoever - they were waterproof in knee-deep mud and yet breathable enough that they never stank, despite the 24/7 wear they got.
I really loved them, and I did genuinely believe that since the boots had been the No1 "alternative" footwear since about 1976, they would never ever go out of fashion, and that I would never wear anything else. I wore them with jeans, dresses, skirts, everything, and I liked the hard, I-don't-care edge that they brought to every outfit. They were part of my shell, and also part of a uniform worn by my contemporaries that helped us know who "we" were, as opposed to "them".
My Doc Marten were discarded pretty much overnight and forever by the time I was 20, in favour of brothel-creepers (YES!), etnies and eventually heels... I have never worn them since my teens, and I don't think I ever will again. I don't seek to send messages via my footwear anymore - I am tough but I don't need my shoes to tell people that. And I definitely don't have any of that tribal need to identify and be identified anymore either.
Although my rational brain knows that in 2010, I will not look cool in my 14-hole DMs, but rather like an aggressive lesbian lecturer; I do still think every time I see a young person wearing them, that they look cool. And then I feel really old. I won't wear them again, but anyone reading this that is considering buying a pair should do it. These boots are a rite of passage.
doc martens are without doubt, a very strong fashion statement, but I've also found them to be one of the best quality shoes around.
Doc martens are made from tough and durable leather with a rubber sole which is resistant to apparently everything (full list of things that can't hurt the sole can be seen on the sole)
Because the leather is so tough and durable, they can be a real pain to 'break in'. I'd say wear a few pairs of socks for a week or so! If you're wanting you shoes to take on more or a weathered and beat up look, this takes a bit of time as well. (even if your boots look weather and worn, they certainly stay structurally sound and very reliable!)
Once you're used to wearing your new doc martens, they're one of the most comfortable shoes around. The footbed is really good quality, and the bouncing soles mean you don't need to worry about areas of pressure.
the laces in my doc martens lasted me a really long time, but they do wear out long before the rest of the boot. I found it really hard to find laces long enough, so I used ribbon instead, but i expect men would find it more of a problem replacing laces.
The other part of my boot that is starting to wear is the heel. The soles of the boots have lasted years and years but I think it's time to get a new sole put on. I expect you can get them repaired, but I don't know if you would need a specialist. If you're just buying your boots now though, you don't need to worry about new soles for a few years.
doc martens are really easy to keep clean. You could use a leather polish on them, I've only ever wiped mine down with a wet cloth though, and it doesn't seem to have done any harm.
at around £70, you're really going to get your moneys worth out of your doc martens. they're timeless so you can wear them year after year, and they're so hard wearing you'll never need to worry about them lasting the winter. they really are a staple, and i think buying an imitation brand is total false economy.