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Happy Birthday, Dr. Martens!
On 1st April 1960, the very first Dr. Martens boot was produced in the Griggs factory in Northamptonshire, England.
Over half a century has passed since the aptly named 1460 boot (named after its production date of 1/4/60) flooded the British high street, and in that time, Dr. Martens boots have become an icon of British style, and an integral part of the wardrobe of countless youth tribes (which you can read more about here).
Worn by rocks stars and politicians alike, Dr. Martens shoes possess timeless and universal appeal which other footwear brands can only dream of. The first boot off the production line -and still one of the brand's most popular styles- the 1460 has an understated aesthetic featuring an eight eyelet lace, signature air-cushioned sole and the iconic heel loop by which "DMs" can be instantly identified. Indeed, the beauty of the 1460 boots lies in its simplicity, which allows the wearer to customise the boot to reflect their individual style and personality. For some youth cultures, this meant actually decorating the boot while for others, simply leaving the laces untied and the tongue hanging loose made enough of a rebellious statement.
Championed over the years by the likes of The Who's Pete Townshend, Elton John, The Jam and politician Tony Benn, Dr. Martens established themselves as an integral part of British style and by the mid-1990s, the very same factory which produced the first 1460 boot was making more than 10 million pairs of "Docs" a year.
Since that April day more than 50 years ago, Dr. Martens has become one of the world's most recognisable brands, celebrated for its no-nonsense approach to style and comfort. Creating shoes in their own inimitable style, Dr. Martens are instantly identifiable by the distinctive grooving which features on the sole, the iconic yellow stitching which binds the sole to the upper, and of course, the legendary air-cushioned sole itself, imaginatively christened"AirWair". The Dr. Martens collection has grown to include brogues, t-bar styles, heels and sandals, as well as clothing and accessories. Happy birthday, DM!