At Dr. Martens in Broadmead, festivities take on a more rebellious side. Their holiday pack has all the glitz of party-wear but with an edgier streak. They’ve dressed up some of their most classic silhouettes with light-catching sequins and out-of-this-world iridescence. And cultivated nocturnal looks for after hours.
The Sequins collection features the 1461 shoe and 1460 boot in all-over black sequins and rainbow sequins. These styles are made from reversible sequins that can be brushed to reveal a whole new colourway.
There are mini-me versions of these fun-but-tough Docs as well as matching accessories.
For a more unusual take on holiday sparkle, their Iridescent collection hits the right note. The 10-eye Jadon Hi and 1460 boot gleam in an oil-slick, holographic material. These Docs are rounded off with a multi-coloured heel-loop, welt-stitch and laces.
There’s also a matching satchel to ramp up the rainbow sheen.
The first pair of Dr. Martens boots rolled off the production line of 1 April 1960. With its trademark yellow stitch, grooved sole and heel-loop, it was a boot for workers, initially worn by postmen and policemen; comfortable, durable and lightweight in comparison to its competitors at the time.
Throughout Dr. Martens history, the brand has been adopted and subverted by diverse individuals, musicians, youth cultures and tribes. These are the people who stand out from the crowd and their journey of self-expression has always been accompanied by a pair of DM’s.
The simple silhouette allows people to customise each pair; while on a utilitarian level their famous durability and comfort make them ideal footwear for the world of gigs and street fashion. On an emotional level, they are a flag of attitude and empowerment.
The Northamptonshire factory where it all began still exists to this day, in the village of Wollaston. A specific range of ‘Made in England’ products are manufactured here by a small, close-knit team of people schooled in traditional shoe-making and the unique process that makes Dr. Martens like no other shoe on earth.