the magazine – Emblem of counter-cultures: 10 things you need to know about Dr. Martens

We’re telling you right away, in our house, Dr. Martens makes our couple’s shoes. Morgan wears them daily; Esther alternates between her pair of 1460s and her New Rock. So here are in 10 points what you truly need to get in your head when it comes to Dr. Martens…

We’re telling you right away, in our house, Dr. Martens makes our couple’s shoes. Morgan wears them daily; Esther alternates between her pair of 1460s and her New Rock. So here are in 10 points what you truly need to get in your head when it comes to Dr. Martens…

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It did not initially come from England but from Germany.

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Dr. Märtens created his first boots after breaking his foot in a skiing accident. He was looking for a comfortable shoe to wear during his convalescence without finding one. He then invented the first shoe with a sole made of old tires and hot-welded to create an air cushion inside.

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An Englishman by the name of Bill Griggs hears about this revolutionary insole and buys the license from Dr. Märtens. The first boot in history was put up for sale on April 1st, 1960.

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This date will give its name to the Famous 1460 (1/4/60: smart!).

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It is primarily intended for the working class thanks to its great comfort.

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From there came its reputation (not without the help of the famous yellow topstitch), then police officers, postmen… did adopt it as quickly.

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Then comes the turn of subcultures such as punks and skinheads, grasping the phenomenon.

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Even Pope John Paul II will have a tailor-made pair made for him, white of course…

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Today, about 3.2 million pairs are sold each year.

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To our great regret, in 2003, Dr. Martens moved production to Asia and now only produces exclusive collections in England.

Okay, Dr. Martens: it’s the crazy story of a medical boot, which will become a work shoe, then fall between the feet of subcultures and finally be adopted by hispters and fashion people. It seems that Dr. Martens owes part of his success to the film A Clockwork Orange, in which Stanley Kubrick will make it an accessory for bad boy. Madonna, Johnny Depp, Kate Moss or Prince Charles followed. They even finished on the podiums of major houses thanks to collabs with Yohji Yamamoto, Jean Paul Gaultier or Vivienne Westwood.
All this crazy journey allows Dr. Martens to be today the favorite shoe of the most stylish people in the system… quite the feat!

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