Dr Martens have long been associated with punk subculture across the globe.
It all began in 1901 when the Griggs family of Northampton, England began making boots. The Griggs family was a a free-thinking clan of rebels that paired up with German Dr Maertens and Dr Funck in 1960 to combine a revolutionary air-cushioned sole with the Griggs family’s history of boot-making.
On April 1st, 1960 the first pair of Dr. Martens rolled off the production line. They were first marketed as reliable footwear for the working man, but quickly moved through youth subculture, from the British skinhead, to the flower child, to the punk, two tone, goth, grunge, industrial, emo, and back again.
The best part of this is that although Doc Martens have remained a classic silhouette throughout the years, their colorways, patterns, and fashion pairings have inspired a sense of expression among each generation, and each individual. Unlike other classic boots, there is no wrong way to wear Docs. Whether they are worn with a suit or dress or cargo shorts or jeans or a mini skirt, Dr Martens express an individual’s own originality.
So we’re posting this blog as a tribute to the Original DM Boot–and to you, an Original.