Dr. Martens

Dr. Marten is a British footwear and apparel brand founded by Klaus Märtens, known for its boots with air-cushioned soles, welted construction, and yellow stitching. Klaus Märtens was a doctor in Germany during WWII. While on leave in 1945, he injured his ankle while skiing and wanted to create shoes that were more comfortable than his standard army boots. He then designed the boots to have more cushioning, made of supple leather with tires as the sole. When the war was over, Dr. Martens and his business partner began using discarded rubber for production, and the comfort of the boots made it exceptionally popular with housewives at the time, with 80% of sales going to women over the age of 40. The boots’ popularity continued into the 1950s, with high sales necessitating a second factory in Munich. Looking at expanding internationally, Martens and his business partner sold the rights to British shoe manufacturers Grigg’s Group Ltd. Trademarking the AirWair technology and adding the signature yellow stitching, the first boot came out in 1960 to high demand, with the boots later becoming popular with punk subcultures and skinheads in the ‘80s. By the 1990s, the boots were associated with grunge fashion and more than 10 million pairs were being produced a year.

NEEDLES Brings Signature Motifs to Dr. Martens 1460 Boot
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NEEDLES Brings Signature Motifs to Dr. Martens 1460 Boot

Including the “Papillon” butterfly logo.

A-COLD-WALL* Blurs Class Boundaries With Dr. Martens 1460 Collaboration
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A-COLD-WALL* Blurs Class Boundaries With Dr. Martens 1460 Collaboration

Elevating the boot’s uniform and workwear roots.

Dr. Martens' 1460 and 1461 Receive Jean-Michel Basquiat Artwork
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Dr. Martens' 1460 and 1461 Receive Jean-Michel Basquiat Artwork

New canvases for the artist’s legacy.

Dr. Martens and PLEASURES Mix Punk With New Wave for 1460 Collaboration
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Dr. Martens and PLEASURES Mix Punk With New Wave for 1460 Collaboration

Contrasting materials referencing the clash of genres.

Dr. Martens Channels Time-Honored Style for Sleek Derby Shoes
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Dr. Martens Channels Time-Honored Style for Sleek Derby Shoes

With Charles F Stead tannery-sourced suede leather.

UNDERCOVER Reunites With Dr. Martens for a New Take on the 1460 Boot
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UNDERCOVER Reunites With Dr. Martens for a New Take on the 1460 Boot

The corduroy pair is the latest in a series of collaborations for 2020.

Dr. Martens Releases Pride Month-Honoring 1460 Boot
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Dr. Martens Releases Pride Month-Honoring 1460 Boot

Complete with rainbow flags and multicolored stitching.

Yohji Yamamoto Adds Spider Web Graphic to Dr. Martens 1460 Boot
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Yohji Yamamoto Adds Spider Web Graphic to Dr. Martens 1460 Boot

Becoming the latest designer to take part in the 1460 Remastered initiative.

Sex Pistols & Dr. Martens Reunite for Punk-Indebted Leather Footwear
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Sex Pistols & Dr. Martens Reunite for Punk-Indebted Leather Footwear

Inspired by the infamous Bill Grundy incident from 1976.

Dr. Martens 1460: The People's Shoe
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Dr. Martens 1460: The People's Shoe

Exploring the cultural weight of the legendary workboot.

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