doc martens men Dr Martens axes 1000 jobs
Some 700 jobs will go at three factories in Northampton, at Wollaston, Rushden and at the company headquarters in Nene Park. The headquarters will remain in Britain.
About 80 jobs will go at Shepton Mallet, Somerset, and 300 at Whetstone, Leicestershire.
Mr Suddens said; “We regret very much the loss of jobs resulting from these proposed closures, but we will make every effort to help staff find alternative employment.
“Dr Martens will remain a brand true to its heritage and deliver footwear of the highest quality.”
The famous “bovver” boot began life in Germany.
It was the brainchild of Klaus Maertens, a German soldier who hurt his foot during the Second World War and thought the remedy to pain when he walked would be an air cushioned sole.
Bill Griggs, a chairman of English shoe maker R Griggs and Co, acquired the world wide rights and began production in Northamptonshire in 1960.
The original black and red boots became increasingly popular in the 1970s and 1980s but sales have since dwindled.
The company has tried manufacturing more fashionable and alternative styles, with about 1,000 variations.
The 70 boots, acclaimed by clothes designers as an iconic fashion item,
now come with designs including Union Jacks. They have even had a tribute pop song written in their homage.
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