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I am a great fan of boots, when I was a teenager I went through a phase of wearing 'monkey boots' and then suede desert boots. Both these styles were comfortable but then my sister bought me a pair of purple Dr Martens for my 30th birthday. The colour was shocking, I loved it and I loved the fit of the boot even though they were a bit heavy weighing in at 3 pounds. These lasted for 10 years until I threw them out because the leather had started to crack and they looked a right old mess but they were still comfy to wear. From the day I said Goodbye to that pair I have had several other pairs in different colours but funnily enough never a black pair.
The last pair which I am going to review now are green, were made in England and not China. My son bought them for me from ebay and they cost around the £50+ mark but first a little history.
~~~All about Dr. Marten~~~
I think most readers know about Dr Marten shoes but who was he? He wasn't English, the name is German and has been anglicised. Dr Klaus Maerten was the chap who designed the shoe. Why? He fell in the Bavarian mountains while he was ski-ing and damaged his foot. To stop the hard impact of his foot hitting the ground when he walked, he designed a shoe with an air cushioned sole from rubber tyres. The design was a prototype but Klaus wanted to make the shoes to sell so he asked his engineer pal, Dr Herbert Funck to assist him in production.
The shoe became popular in Germany and the innovative pair realised that the shoes could also sell well in other countries. Klaus and Dr Funck looked for manufacturing companies to make the shoes but many were sceptical about air cushioned soles and at first they didn't have any luck until R. Griggs came along, an English company from Woolaston, took the job on board and produced the first eight eyelet work boot in April 1960. Dr Maerten was anglicised to benefit sales and the range of boot was given the brand name Airwair.
~~~My 10 eye boots~~~
My 10 eye ankle boots which measure 24cms from the sole of the boots are very similar to the original 8 eye boot, called 10 eye because of the number of eyes present for the lace up closure. The colour is dark green but not as dark as bottle green. I'm happy with the colour. The heel is one inch and the leather upper is strong and has a matt finish, not shiny like previous pairs. There is a heel hoop like on all Dr Martens boots, this is iconic and adds stlye to the design. The boots have air conditioned soles which are man made and meant to provide comfort and prevent slipping. The leather upper and sole have been heat sealed and sewn, not glued like so many shoes and boots these days. They are guaranteed to be tough wearing and are oil and fat resistant. That's the description, now for my experience.
~~~30 day experience~~~
My boots are size 5. When I first tried them on I was concerned because they felt tight, not snug but tight and the heels were hard. I wore them in the house to break them in and then went out walking. The first week was a nightmare, I have never been in so much pain. I had blisters on the heels, my arches ached and the leather cut into my toes. I was determined to carry on breaking the boots in so carried on going for longish walks. The second week the boots were still stiff, the heel counter had softened a little but still caused pain due to the blisters not having healed. I noticed that my arches were beginning to mould to the insole of the boots as they weren't aching like in the first week. By the third week the boots were beginning to feel more comfortable. They weren't completely broken in but the leather felt softer and the aches and pains were diminishing. By the end of 30 days, my boots felt good. The insoles were moulded to my feet, my blisters had healed and I could walk the streets in comfort. I know it seems daft putting my feet through all that but it was worth it because I love my green 10 eyes and they are still in excellent condition after wearing them through all weathers over all types of terrain and having owned them for well over five years.
There are allsorts of funky designs including Black/cherry red paint splatter, leopard skin, black and white paint splatter, soft black. For some of the best designs I suggest a trip to Camden Market, I have never seen so many beautiful colours and designs and low prices are guaranteed although I think it is cheaper to buy these boots from Amazon UK/.com. You can also buy this 10 eye design with steel toe caps but I think these are a bit too masculine.
If I have been on a long walk and my boots are dusty, I take a soft cloth and wipe to remove the dust and top layer of dirt. I then polish them with a green wax polish and a very soft duster. To keep the toe shape in good condition I always place rolled up tissue paper or newspaper in the toes.
~~~Price and availability~~~
Like I said my son bought mine off ebay, I think he managed to get a good deal at just over £50 and I think the colour must have been a one off because I haven't seen any in green since. Prices coming up at the moment are from £60 - £69.
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Yes, I recommend this design of boot. They take a little while to break in but once this is done you end up with a comfortable, tough boot that will last for years if you look after them.