Dr. Martens, founded by Dr. Klaus Maertens and Dr. Herbert Funk, is known worldwide for its simple, utilitarian, and comfortable designs. Also known as Doc Martens or Docs, the brand became recognized in 1960 when the first pair of Dr. Martens boots rolled off the production line.
With its trademark yellow stitch and a unique air-cushioned sole, the design was originally intended for England’s postmen, policemen, and factory workers. The boots were then worn by rebel teens who championed the design and helped it transition into everyday apparel. Fast forward to today and we see a diverse group has adopted the boot from working-class to youth-driven subcultures.
Most notable models include the 1460 silhouette, which is seen as a subculture staple amongst festivals, free-thinkers, and fashion enthusiasts. The functional and individualistic designs put forth by Dr. Martens have become a staple within closets. As times progress, Dr. Martens still reverts to its roots as their original factory still stands to this day in a village named Wollaston within Northamptonshire.