Dr. Martens turn 50 years old today! Love this picture they posted on their blog today – these young hoodlums in front of the BOY London store (another one of my favorite brands!)
I got my first pair of Docs when I was 17 years old. They were boots with tiny black and white pictures of people’s faces, and the print had been reversed on one panel, so I got them for just $40. A girl I knew at my high school from Germany had the same pair (only not upside-down print), and I had admired them for two years, begging her to sell them to me constantly, but she wouldn’t since she had bought them in Germany and loved them just as I did. A year later, there they were at the discount store, and I was ECSTATIC. My second pair of Docs were my off-to-college gift to myself, and they were steel toe, black and so tough looking. I wore both of those boots constantly walking around campus, until two years later my feet actually grew another size up. For months I walked around in pain, trying to ignore that my favorite shoes were too small for me. Finally I gave up, and sold them both on Ebay, and it was all I could do to not cry that my black and whites were going away. Here’s the actual Ebay listing picture from 11 years ago (I loved them so much I kept the picture all these years).
Years later I found the same boots at the Baar Bazaar, being sold by another bartender that worked there for just $5. In my size. I couldn’t have been more excited to have those boots in my life! I also re-bought another pair of steel toes, and have gotten a white pair of boots, and a pair of sandals that I live in during the summer. Docs are a staple in my wardrobe, and have a special place in my heart and closet.
I thought it was ridiculous last year when the fashion world decided that Dr. Martens were back in style. I wasn’t aware they ever went OUT of style. Docs are comfortable, indestructible, and will always be cool. Dr. Martens may be over the hill, but they still rock, just like Iggy Pop, John Lydon or Mike Ness. Happy Birthday!!!