Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens Shoes

Dr. Martens is the stuff of legends. It all began in a town in Germany in 1945 when Dr. Klaus Maertens injured his foot in a skiing accident. To facilitate walking during the healing process, he designed a shoe with an air-cushioned sole.

History of Dr. Martens

By using old rubber tires, he constructed soles that had air trapped within closed compartments. Dr. Martens first provided footwear for British workers, police force and postal workers. April 1960 marks the creation of an icon, the birth of the Dr. martens 1460 boot. Now more than 40 years later, a continuous succession of cultural renegades have adopted the 1460 as a sign of their independence, uniqueness and individuality.

When the Dr. Martens boot first catapulted from a working-class essential to a counter-cultural icon back in the 1960s, the world was pre-internet, pre-MTV, pre-CD, pre-mp3s, pre-mobile phones... hey, they'd only just invented the teenager. In the years before the boot's birthday, 1st April, 1960, kids just looked like tribute acts to their parents, younger but the same. Rebellion was only just on the agenda for some - for most kids of the day, starved of music, fashion, art and choice, it was not even an option.

Below is a small selection of pictures showcasing the numerous different styles the Dr. Martens brand offers to its customers.


1460 Pascal Black


1460 Z


1490 Splatter


2976 Chelsea