Dr Martens: Made In England
The name Dr Martens means a lot of different things, to a lot of different people. But for many, the name has stood as a symbol of authenticity, individuality and freedom – a message that is today broadcasted up and down city streets all over the world. That’s why Dr Martens Made In England collection is, perhaps the brand’s best kept secret.
The Made in England range from Dr Martens is crafted from the finest materials using traditional, age-old shoe-making techniques. This elevates recognisable silhouettes and the core spirit of Dr. Martens to a whole new premium level with also the addition of exclusivity.
Where Did Dr Martens Originate?
Originally founded in 1901 by the Griggs family, they were at the very heart of the homegrown English shoe industry & for six decades ‘Griggs’ footwear’ earned a solid reputation as sturdy, durable work boots. The family later merged with German soldier Dr. Klaus Maertens who had created his own air-cushioned sole to aid his broken foot injury & in 1945 the Dr Martens brand was born. Today the brands HQ is based in Wollaston, in the Wellingborough district of Northamptonshire, England.
Are Dr Martens Comfortable?
The factory originally only produced one shoe, the now iconic 1460 boot. Known for their comfort as they were originally designed as a more comfortable alternative to leather soled boots. Factory workers, policemen and postmen were among their main clientele. They were work boots, that gained a reputation for being comfortable and reliable.
So how did we get from the factory floor to the symbol of counter-culture that they are today? Well it all started some time in the 1970s. Up and down the country, long hair having, tie dye wearing, hippies seemed to be everywhere. But for some, it was a movement that was intrinsically linked to the middle-class, their status and wealthy parents used as a safety net for when the summer of love inevitably came end.
Why Are Dr Martens So Popular?
This was something that the working class kids of the time couldn’t get on board with, so they laced up their docs, wore tight jeans and shaved their heads as a direct proverbial middle finger to the middle class. Docs were a way of having something of they could call their own and whereas the hippy movement was American imported, Dr Marten boots were unquestionably, British.
The Dr Martens Made In England collection strives to keep that same spirit alive. Crafted in the original factory, the brand’s aim is to keep every shoe as close to how they were made back in the day as possible – from the original hand-operated machinery used, to the original lasts. The Made In England collection now only accounts for 2% of their total production, making every silhouette in the range feel special.
How Are Dr Martens Constructed?
Original specification Quilton leather is used for the upper, a rare type that is slightly thicker than the leather used on normal docs and not to mention basically bulletproof. As per original specifications the soles are good-year welted – stitching the upper and sole and finished by heat sealing creating a robust construction for the famous AirWair™ sole.
How Do Dr Martens Fit?
As a general rule of thumb, Dr Marten’s models run true to size. Unfortunately the brand doesn’t produce half sizes in any of their models, so in that case they recommended to go down to the nearest full size as appose to sizing up. Alternatively, if you wanted to avoid the lengthy breaking in process you could go up half a size & wear thicker socks designed for boots. It really depends on how narrow or wide each the individuals foot is.
Shop the latest Dr Marten Made In England’s collection, featuring some of the most iconic models including the leather 1460 & 1461 silhouettes – available online & in-store now.