Doc Martens have had their fair share of followers over the years, not least our editor’s Grandma who happily does her weekly grocery shop in her “bovva boots”!
This hardwearing design classic began life back in 1940s Germany and was introduced to the UK in 1960s as a functional shoe and was mainly worn by blue-collar workers for its functionality and good value. But then it was adopted by punk rockers and Mods, and pretty much crossed all cultural and social boundaries.
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Nowadays there are scores of colours and styles of DMs to choose from, from boots in shiny pastel shades to heeled shoes and lightweight loafers, but each one carries that distinctive look and feel. There’s now even a range of children’s boots and sandals. Gold stars all round to Dr. Martens from all the Pink Fridge mums!
After the majority of production moved overseas in 2003, a vintage line was introduced to boots made in the UK, which is based on the original specification of the classic 1460 “eight-eye” style with yellow stitching and made of Nappa leather.