Dr. Martens were always a style of shoe that I thought would never suit me, you’d never catch me wearing a pair in my lifetime. Or so I thought. I don’t know what happened over the years, but slowly my feelings towards these iconic lace-up boots began to change. As hard as it is to admit, I bit my tongue as I thought, “do I secretly want a pair of Dr. Martens?” I toyed with the idea for a while before I actually plucked up the courage to buy a pair. Lo and behold at the start of 2020, I held my breath as I bought my first ever pair of Dr. Martens (in my mid 20’s may I add). Do I regret my decision? Not one bit.
Originating in the mid 1940’s, the first pair of Dr. Martens boots were made in Germany during WWII by a doctor named Klaus Märtens. Märtens sought out a boots after he injured his ankle during a skiing accident, and when he couldn’t find a pair that suited his needs he made he own. Dr. Martens were born. At this time the majority of sales were going to women over the ago of 40, not the target demographic you had in mind right? The rise of the popularity of Dr. Martens continued into the 1950’s, so much so Klaus Märtens and his business partner sold the rights to British shoe manufacturers Grigg’s Group Ltd so that the company could expand internationally.
The signature yellow stitching was added in the 1960’s, and the shoes became instantly popular with punk culture and skinheads in the 1980’s. Now however, you’ll see these boots on everyone from your elderly next door neighbour to little kids you pass in the playground. Dr. Martens are now a household name worldwide, and rightfully so. For my first ever pair of Dr. Martens, I went all out and bought the Jadon Smooth Leather Platform Boots in black. I love that these boots have all of the original details such as the yellow stitching, as well as a chunky platform for more of an impact. The concealed zip on the inside of the shoe also means I don’t have to mess around with laces all the time, I can just zip up and go! My cat also approves of my shoe choice, so this may be the first of many pairs…