dr martens size 6 Dr Marten boots celebrate their 55th birthday
First worn in Britain in 1960, Dr Marten boots celebrate their 55th birthdayNow a symbol of youth rebelliousness, DMs were first seen as a comfortable boot for workers15:30, 17 OCT 2015Skinheads wearing Dr Marten boots at Boldon Colliery railway station, 1970s
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Growing up in the 1970s, one of the most powerful symbols of youth rebelliousness was the Dr Marten boot.
The sight of a gang of shaven headed lads wearing immaculately polished cherry red or shiny black ‘Docs’ was enough to make the average law abiding citizen quickly stride off in the opposite direction.
Like many teenagers, yours truly was quick to invest in some once I was old enough and, many decades and worn out pairs later, I’m sitting at my Chronicle desk still wearing Dr Martens. I must say, though, the boots were retired in favour of shoes a long time ago.
This year Dr Martens is celebrating the 55th birthday of its most famous boot. The so called 1460 first went on sale back in 1960.
Meanwhile, a new range the A/W15 is hitting the stores now, based on a style that emerged in London known as ‘Buffalo’.
Buffalo was a rebellious attitude and way of life that emerged from the mid 80s melting pot of cultures, tribes and individuals the outsiders in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain.
Dr Martens were an integral part of the enduring Buffalo movement.
But the boots have a longer history and were first introduced in Britain, as we said, in 1960.
Since then, Dr Martens Originals boots and shoes haven’t changed. The styles remain simple, versatile, functional and stylish.
The famous air cushioned sole, designed by German inventor Dr Klaus Maertens, was engineered primarily to meet the specific need of providing additional support and comfort for his broken foot.
The Dr Martens boot was then manufactured by British bootmakers, R Griggs and Co.
Skinheads wearing Dr Marten boots at Boldon Colliery railway station, 1970s
With its trademark yellow stitch, grooved sole and heel loop, it was a boot for workers comfortable, durable and lightweight in comparison to its competitors at the time.
Today, the famous boot has been associated with successive fashion movements and has been released in every colour and pattern possible from bright, acid inspired patent to leopard or vintage bouquet florals.
Amy Nelson, of Dr Martens, said: “For over fifty years, Dr Martens boots have found their way into the wardrobes of free thinking individuals as a statement of rebellious self expression and creativity. Their popularity is still growing worldwide.
“While the huge subcultural appeal of its famous silhouette is still as strong as ever, its evolution has allowed vast experimentation with classic shapes.”
Following its opening exactly two years ago, the 1000 sq ft Dr Martens store at the top of Newcastle’s Grainger Street has been a popular addition to the city’s retail scene. It followed new DM stores in Brighton and Edinburgh.
Amy said Newcastle’s coal to culture history was the “perfect match” for the brand.
She added: “We have seen a real hunger and affinity for the Dr Martens brand among local people in the region our North East fans definitely enjoy a rebellious nature and have a truly independent style.”