This story is linked by a common thread: a yellow thread, to be precise. It strings together the soles and uppers of two inseparable shoes of unmistakable style, eccentric but sought after, which have changed very little over the years, and rather, have pretty much remained the same. The Dr. Martens.
Combat boots par excellence, they have been worn by people of all walks of life around the world for more than fifty years. They have marked entire generations of counterculture style. They were on the feet of the English skinheads, both right and left; they enriched the starched style of the mods and the impetus of the punk revolution; they beat the time of stadium chants, and there is even one stadium, West Ham’s Upton Park, whose gallery is called “Dr. Martens Stand,” as if this old pair of combat boots were a player or a hero to pay tribute to.
Born from the idea of a German doctor, Dr. Märtens, just after the end of World War II, to combine ankle support and a soft insole, these combat boots first made a splash in England, thanks to the interest of the famous footwear industry, Griggs, and then in the rest of the world. Since then, millions have been produced, and even today they conquer old lovers and young “recruits” alike, with their charm and their unfailing yellow thread combining sole and upper.
Today they are produced in countless variations: the classic cherry red or black, but also fluorescent or with studs, embellished with Swarovski crystals, or pure camouflage. What remains the same is the style that makes them instantly recognizable and makes us say, as if talking to an old friend: “Have a look, see how far you’ve come, dear old Docs…”
Photo: favim.com / wikipedia / Dr. Martens’ blog