Monday, April 5, 2010
The Doc Marten Boot: From Utility to Underground
The Dr. Marten boot was first created by Klaus Martens, a German Army doctor, in 1945. After injuring his foot, he created a new, comfortable boot based on the design of his army boots at the time. They were cut from softer leather, and featured a unique, air-cushioned sole. In 1959, manufacture rights were purchased by the Griggs Group, and Dr. Marten was officially re-baptized an Anglo product.
The first pair of Dr. Martens were introduced to the British market in 1960. The boot was immediately favored by members of the working class, including postmen, policemen, and factory workers. By the end of the decade, Dr. Martens had been adopted as the choice footwear of the skinhead movement. The boots were seen to embody the experiences of the working class, and offered an antagonistic counterpoint to the pervasive "middle-class" hippie culture of the time. In the 1970s, Dr. Marten boots grew in popularity within punk and new-wave circles, often worn by the artists and musicians embodying these cultural factions.
Dr. Marten recently re-instituted British manufacture of its products, and these boots are available for purchase for those who wish to make a classic and functional purchase that hearkens back to the golden days of anti-establishment.
Buy them here.