Founded in 1901, Dr. Martens has been creating classic shoes for over a century, arguably becoming one of the most iconic styles of footwear ever. Their comfort, durability and distinctive attitude has made Doc Martens' boots a streetwear staple. The Idle Man is pleased to introduce the latest collection from Dr. Martens.
When the Griggs family founded Dr. Martens in 1901, they quickly gained a solid reputation for their sturdy, durable work boots. Combined with the expertise of Dr. Klaus Maertens, the brand designed the innovative air-cushioned sole using disused military supplies to create the first iconic 8-holed Dr. Martens boot.
Fast forward to the 1960s and Dr Martens were spontaneously picked up by ska-loving skinheads, who proudly championed British working class style. Later adopted by prominent punk figures such as The Who's Pete Townshend, Dr. Martens became the must-have footwear for emerging youth subcultures.
Although they have been around for over 100 years, Dr. Martens continue to innovate in their designs. With literally hundred of styles available today, we take a look at their latest Made in England collection.
Dr. Martens 1460 Boot
The 8-holed 1460 boot is arguably one of the most iconic pieces of footwear around. This style has stood the test of time, so guaranteed you'll be wearing them year after year. This Vintage style is handcrafted using rare, original specification Dr. Martens leather, so it's matte finish will only get better with age. The contrasting stitching of the new Monkey Boot is a great alternative for an edgier look.
"Dr. Martens are one of the most iconic styles of footwear ever. While they come with heavy punk connotations, they are actually one of the most wearable contemporary streetwear staples. There are so many styles, you're guaranteed to find a pair to suit your individual style."
Dr. Martens 1461 Shoe
Perhaps one of the more wearable styles of Dr. Martens, the 1461 Classic Shoe is a must-have for any wardrobe. Finishing just below the ankle, the shoe looks great worn in a casual look with a classic dark jean and white t-shirt combo but also works well as a smarter shoe for formal occasions. Available in literally hundreds of colours, we recommend sticking to cherry red or black Doc Martens for a classic look. However, for the more sartorially daring, try experimenting with clashing prints to add interest to a simple outfit.
How To Wear Dr. Martens
How to wear Doc Martens is actually really easy. The punk connotations that come with Dr. Martens might be a bit intimidating, but you don't have to be clad in tartan, safety pins and spikes to pull them off. Both the high 8-hole boots and the low shoes look great when simply paired with jeans and a t-shirt for an easy casual look. Throw on a utility style jacket for a subtle nod towards the workforce that first rocked the look. Matching your jacket to your boot colour is a subtle yet stylish way to tie your look together.
On That Note
Dr. Martens have become synonymous with creating some of the most iconic footwear ever. If you're after classic footwear that will stand the test of time, then a trusty pair of Doc Martens boots should be right up your street. There is literally a style to suit to suit any taste, and with the name comes the assurance that you're getting top quality that will last.