Personally, I’ve never owned a pair of Dr Martens. Don’t get me wrong I’ve considered them in the past, but I couldn’t get my head around that PVC cushioned sole. I appreciate it’s a staple characteristic of all Klaus Marten’s creations. However, I always felt it just made the shoe look a bit cheap. Please note, there’s absolutely no technical reasoning behind this theory, I basically just didn’t like the look of them.
However, this latest 1461 offering has got me ever so slowly moving to the other side of fence. Perhaps I’m a closet punk, perhaps it’s an age thing, but whatever the reason I’m at the point in my life where I’m now considering giving these rubbery bastards a chance.
A world away from 14 hole boots that emerged as the footwear of choice throughout the punk and grunge movements, these understated Doc’s are manufactured in Portuguese boanil brush leather (a two-tone, rub off leather with a high shine finish). The two-tone effect is created in the final treatment to reveal a contrasting colour, which is visible on the toe and the heel area of each shoe.
Further perks include a Goodyear Welt construction, leather lining and that notable slip resistant air-cushioned sole. A functional alternative to dodging icy pavements in your standard leather bottomed clogs.
Get these full-bodied Merlot’s and a equally handsome tan version over at Birmingham’s Liquor Store.