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Dr. Martens have produced a show capable of being stylish, classy and something that could be worn as part of a suit, all rolled into one extremely comfortable and nicely padded shoe. Dr. Marten's have never as far as I can recall ever made a bad shoe, or even are known for releasing a bad batch come to think of it, but that aside, these are the perfect shoe for the stylish businessman of the 21st Century that likes to keep that slight rugged and proper manly look about them, even if it's minimally traceable to the naked eye.
The comfort of Dr. Marten shoes and boots have always been second to none, so for them to release these at an affordable price compared to most shoes of this style which would easily cost double yet not give half as much comfort as a pair of these will do for you. They're also great for those who enjoy walking to work, given how they have long lasting and thick soles to boot, so to speak. The presence of such quality and comfort is what is most easily noted about these shoes, especially given how you can quite easily walk with a bit more of a swagger than usual, which isn't a bad thing, eh guys?
I had never considered spending good money on plain black shoes for work as a good decision up until 2 years ago when I bought my first pair of Dr Marten's. The style I opted for was the '1461' and as you can see they are a fairly basic looking design and to my surprise when browsing the internet recently they come in at least 10 different colours! I paid just over £50 from my local Dr Marten's stockist although they are readily available online from all good clothing websites. Dr Marten's were always viewed by myself as being renowned for their boots, and I only realised these shoes existed when I found them whilst browsing on the highstreet.
These shoes are from the Dr Marten's 'Gibson' range and have a very hard wearing leather upper. I opted for the plain black colour, with black stitching to comply with work uniform rules, but they can also be bought with the classic yellow stitched detail on the black shoe. The sole of the shoe is air cushioned for comfort and I have worn them for 2 years with almost daily use with no comfort issues.
If you consider yourself a 'proper' Dr Marten fan then these shoes may not be to your liking. Unfortunately (probably due to cost) they are now manufactured in Thailand instead of the UK which has always being an attraction of the Dr Marten brand for some fans. Personally, I still love the comfort and the fact that they are still wearing well after 2 years of use.
I am most pleased with my purchase as it is showing to be a good investment. Perhaps I will continue to buy Dr Marten's in the future, but I may decide to look for a more creative design which is a bit different from this generic design. The only thing that I am unsure of is the thick band of rubber that is the sole. Obviously I have said the shoes are comfortable, but it could be said that they are cumbersome and 'clumpy' compared to more modern fashions.