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
The Dr. Martens air-cushioned sole, designed by German inventor, Dr. Klaus Maertens, was engineered to provide support and comfort to an old injury. The first pair of Dr. Martens boot, which was then manufactured by R Griggs and Co, British boot makers, featuring its trademark yellow stitch, grooved sole and heel-loop. Originally created for workers, worn by postmen and policemen; comfortable, durable and lighter in weight than its competitors of the time.
Cobbs Lane Factory, Wollaston, England established in 1901 is where it all began. When the first pair of Dr. Martens boots rolled off the production line on the 1st of April, 1960, giving it its name, the 1460 boot. The manufacturing process has been fine- tuned and perfected ever since. To date a select range of “Made In England” products are still manufactured in the original Cobbs Lane factory.
Throughout its history Dr. Martens has been adopted by characters of a rebellious nature, subcultures, musicians and Artists. All standing out from the crowd in a unique way, their journey of self-expression accompanied by a pair of Dr. Martens. Celebrating these free-thinking individuals – from first time wearers to those who have always been with the brand. These are the authentic characters that stand for something.
Their simple silhouette allows people to customise each pair: whilst on a utilitarian level their famous durability and comfort make them ideal footwear for the world of gigs and street fashion; and then on an emotional level they are a flag of attitude and empowerment.