Monday, 17 June 2019

Doc Marten boots - real life confirms blog comment

Barman, in the comments here:

Many years ago my daughter had a thing for Dr. Marten boots, she had about five pairs in various colours (all paid for by herself to be fair)...

I used to take the piss out of her for wasting her money for such a stupid fashion statement but she insisted that she only bought them because they were 'so comfortable'... Her blistered, bandaged and plastered feet told a different story!

On the Northern Line on Saturday, I noticed that the young woman standing next to me was earning a bright orange Doc Marten with a blue lace on one foot and a pale blue Doc Marten with an orange lace on the other.

I asked her whether she bought a pair of each. As a die hard Doc Marten fan, she had her stock speech ready and imparted the following information:

1. She owns seven pairs in different colours and she mixes and matches.

2. They look old and battered (seemed fine to me, but she's the expert), but they've just reached peak comfort levels; and by implication, that they are pretty uncomfortable when new.

She alighted at the next station, so I did not have time to ask her about her system for matching shoe laces with the opposite boot. I did wonder whether this was Barman's daughter or whether there is a whole sub-culture with many adherents.


Penseivat said...

Doc Marten boots, and shoes for the ladies, were the preferred footwear for my Police colleagues and me, for their comfort and longevity, with soles impervious to oil and petrol spills when attending road traffic collisions, though understand something more paramilitary looking is worn, even by the ladies.
Plus, during the Falklands war, many British troops wore Doc Marten boots to avoid trenchfoot, suffered by some wearing the Army issued boots.
Whoever designed them deserves a knighthood, if they haven't already got one.

Barman said...


Thankfully daughter (now 39) is no longer a slave to the fashion industry (well not to that extent anyway).

I'm not sure if she simply grew out of it or the pain became too much.

She now has two lovely daughters of her own (9 & 7) which bring me great pleasure as when she moans about them I can reply, "been there, done that with you"...

Hopefully the two granddaughters will one day have a Dr. Martin collection of their own.

Mark Wadsworth said...

PS, good background info. They got an honorary doctorate not a knight hood.

BM, welcome back. She was in her late twenties, so not your daughter :-)

The Stigler said...

I used to wear DM shoes back when they weren't fashionable. You paid slightly more than a pair of regular shoes but they lasted. And yes, you always got a few weeks of blisters.

I stopped buying when they became fashionable. The extra cost wasn't worth it.

Mark Wadsworth said...

TS, Doc Martens were always a thing, ever since you or I were kids. They just morphed from football hooligan to skinhead to ska/mod to female hipster.