DR. MARTENS MADE FOR WALKING; MADE IN ENGLAND
Since 1960, the classic silhouette and yellow welt stitching of the Dr. Martens 1460 boot has been synonymous with free-spirited and independent style statements. Laura Hadland visited the original Cobbs Lane factory in Northamptonshire to discover the many faces of Dr. Martens.
Originally conceived as a tough work-boot, the distinctive Airwair creations shot to unexpected global fame by appealing to successive generations of youth counter-culture. Since then, the brand has experimented with numerous off-the-wall collaborations – most recently with super hip Parisian fashion collective Vetements and 90s pop-kitsch icons Beavis and Butthead.
Over 50 years later, the archetypal shoes and boots are still being made by hand by a dedicated team of highly skilled cobblers in the picturesque village of Wollaston. The team rotates around the four sections of the factory, all able to turn their hand to clicking, closing, lasting and shoe rooming.
The factory is a hive of activity. Leather is carefully judged and selected for each boot. The precisely cut and stitched upper is moulded into shape on a last before the celebrated Dr. Martens Airwair air cushioned sole is heat sealed and stitched in place.
For aficionados of the brand, the factory shop is a little slic eof heaven, stacked floor to ceiling with an incredible variety of boots ina ll shapes and sizes. It’s full of real gems, including samples that never made it to full production so you can bag yourself a totally unique pair of kicks at a bargain price.
Those with a love for the rebellious individuality of Dr. Martens will adore the Originals range, where classic vintage silhouettes have been reintroduced in Black and Cherry Red Smooth leather; including the infamous 2976 Chelsea Boot and ‘longwing’ style 2989 Brogue.
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