Dr. Martens have been worn by workers, for whom they were designed, but also by rebels, non-conformists and free-thinking individuals of all types for over five decades. A classic design, the boots were first adopted by skinheads and then by a succession of other sub-cultures as an icon of personal self-expression and individuality. At the heart of Dr. Martens is the Airwair sole, featured on the first pair of boots to roll off our production line on the 1st April 1960 and still used today.
We're a family owned company and still make boots in our original factory in Wollaston, Northamptonshire, England.
ABOUT DR. MARTENS
Throughout Dr. Martens history, the brand has been adopted and subverted by countless rebellious characters, subcultures and tribes. These are the people who stand out from the crowd in their own unique way and for many, their journey of self-expression has always been accompanied by a pair of Doc’s. Dr. Martens celebrates these free-thinking individuals – from first time wearers to those who have been with the brand forever. These are the authentic characters that stand for something.
Dr. Martens 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, manufactured by R Griggs and Co, British boot makers, with its trademark yellow stitch, grooved sole and heel-loop, was a boot for workers, initially worn by postmen and policemen; comfortable, durable and lightweight in comparison to its competitors at the time.
A specific range of “Made In England” products are still manufactured in the Cobbs Lane factory, Wollaston, England which has been making footwear for the Griggs family since 1901. It is the home of the original Dr. Martens boot and within this small factory works a close-knit team of people schooled in traditional shoe-making and the unique process that makes
Dr. Martens like no other shoe on earth.