Dr. Martens

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.

Founded 1947
Industries Footwear
Headquarter Portland, OR, United States
LANDLORD Joins Blackmeans and Dr Martens for Fall/Winter 2018 Collection
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LANDLORD Joins Blackmeans and Dr Martens for Fall/Winter 2018 Collection

Harnesses, straps and plenty of plaid for this punk-inspired range.
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Yohji Yamamoto & Dr Martens Debut Creepers for Spring/Summer 2018
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Yohji Yamamoto & Dr Martens Debut Creepers for Spring/Summer 2018

Retro style, classic silhouette.
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Raf Simons x Eastpak & Eight Other Essential European Drops

Including the arrival of BAPE x Dr. Martens.
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BAPE & Dr. Martens Announce Giveaway at London Pop-Up
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BAPE & Dr. Martens Announce Giveaway at London Pop-Up

Free shoes for 80 people.
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10 Product Drops You Don't Want to Miss This Week
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10 Product Drops You Don't Want to Miss This Week

Gucci, Uniqlo U, PACCBET x Carhartt WIP and more.
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BLENDS' Latest Editorial Highlights Dr. Martens & BAPE's Latest Team Up
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BLENDS' Latest Editorial Highlights Dr. Martens & BAPE's Latest Team Up

Dapper.
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A Closer Look at the Dr. Martens x BAPE Collaboration
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A Closer Look at the Dr. Martens x BAPE Collaboration

In stores next week.
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BAPE Unveils Full Collaboration With Dr. Martens
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BAPE Unveils Full Collaboration With Dr. Martens

Including iconic footwear models and apparel.
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A Front Row Look at Gosha Rubchinskiy's Fall/Winter 2018 Presentation
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A Front Row Look at Gosha Rubchinskiy's Fall/Winter 2018 Presentation

Presented in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
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Stream Gosha Rubchinskiy's Fall/Winter 2018 Presentation
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Stream Gosha Rubchinskiy's Fall/Winter 2018 Presentation

Celebrating the history of Russia.
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2010

Celebrates 50th anniversary

2005

Wins the Institute for Turnaround's annual award

2003

Collaboration with Jimmy Choo and Vivienne Westwood prevent financial collapse

1993

Launches a clothing line with Wayne Hemingway's Red or Dead label

1960

Goes into production at Bill Griggs's shoe factory in Wollaston, Northamptonshire

1947

Founded