Sunday, February 1, 2009

A Quick Look at Doc Martens

So everytime I post a photo where I'm wearing my Docs, people flip and obsess about how awesome my Docs are. I absolutely love this, because Doc Martens are amazing and I enjoy all the adjectives people use to describe them. I've decided to devote this whole entry to my Docs & just Doc Martens in general. This will be an image heavy post - beware!


My Docs: I got my first pair of Doc Martens when I was a toddler. They were white with ladybugs on them, and my mother picked them up for me at Marshalls for only $15! Those Docs were my absolute favourite shoes and I got a lot of wear out of them.


Last September, I picked up a pair of white Docs at a local second hand store. I have very small feet (size 3 or 4), so I was thrilled to find that they fit perfectly at a size 4! The white Docs have a good 2-3" heel. Plus they were only $30 and lightly worn (but still broken in enough).


A couple of weeks ago I dropped into the same second hand store to drop off some old clothes. I decided to browse through their stuff for a few minutes before going to lunch, because they were having a 50% off sale. Right away I ran into a pair of black greasy Docs (greasy is the term used for the look of the leather - not smooth & not patent). I was amazed to find that they were a size 4, as well, and fit perfectly! For only $13, in came my next pair of Docs.


Next on my to buy list are floral boots, pink Pascals or pink patent boots, black/white wingtips, silver 3 eyelet Gibsons, and black patent boots. There are so many different styles out there that any pair I come across in my size will be hard to resist.



The History of Docs: There are so many different styles, colours, and prints of Doc Martens. Docs have been associated with many youth cultures including grungers, punks, and skinheads. They originated back in the 1940's, well known for their air-cushioned soles (given the nickname Bouncing Soles), created by Dr. Klaus Maertens, a doctor for the Germans during WWII. He had hurt his ankle and wanted a sole more comfortable than the ones in standard army boots. DMs are known well for their yellow stitching. Not only can you buy DM boots, but also sandals, flats, Mary Janes, and more! DMs are known for lasting forever, and are worth every cent you pay for them.


How to Wear Docs: Because I love to put focus on DMs clunkiness, I tend to wear them with tights or skinny jeans, which can be tucked into the boots. I personally do not recommend trying to fit pants over Docs, if you're wearing boots. There are many ways to tie (or not tie) Docs, so play around. You can also try different laces. For more inspiration, check out Lookbook's Docs Section. I've also posted many outfits throughout my blog where I am wearing Docs.

Images used: Taken by myself, from eBay, from Docs USA Store, or from Google.

14 comments:

Kelly said...

fablous post! docs are amazing! i'm still looking for the perfect floral pair as well...i just really don't want to pay full price!

terren said...

You wear docs so well! I want some so bad

L.P. said...

I want those pink ones in the worst way!!!

She comes from a nowhere town she likes said...

Your post seems to capture all of my curent obsession: Daisy, Agness and docs! Hurrah! Also, it's good to know thta I am not the only menswaer fanatic!
Hope
xo

aimée said...

docs, they should have clear ones bahahaha... i'm half joking.

v said...

i love them!

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She's Dressing Up said...

Fanastic post! I don't own any docs myself, but I love seeing them on people =]

Molly Gray // Flavia M. (same girl) said...

i've always wanted one of those.

Isabel said...

Sigh, thanks for this ode to the beauty that is Doc Martens. LOVE!

Taylor said...

i have the pink ones!

Becca said...

Amazing! I just got my second pair off ebay! dark navy snakeskin pattern ones! They are beautiful..although really need to be broken in a bit more! - The floral ones that have just been released are amazing!

Piia & Aya said...

I think I almost died of hapiness at the orange ones! You pull off docs so well. love love love.

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Aggie said...

I want vintage floral Docs sooooo bad! So does everyone else on Ebay, I keep getting outbid :(

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where to find those silver docs shown in the first photo?