Doc Martens - everyone knows the name and recognizes the yellow stitching holding the shoes together. It’s unique how a pair of shoes and an iconic brand can bring generations together to bond over a commonality. As many of us recognize Doc Martens as a timeless piece to include in our daily modern wardrobe, it’s fascinating to know that the boots were originally designed as a functional work boot to be worn by factory and postal workers. It wasn’t until around 1970 that the boot started to form a revolutionary part of dress and human behavior. Punk culture and dress started by a group of working-class individuals that came together to divert from the norms of society. Doc Martens were a way of expression and rebellion from the typical wardrobe and united people to form a group of solidarity. In a Textiles and Apparel course, I learned how styles from subculture groups of society are taken to create mainstream fashion trends.
The originality of wearing work boots as a fashion statement was viewed by others and adopted, which created a long-lasting trend. Doc Martens are admired for their durability, quality, and overall aesthetic. I can’t scroll through Instagram or Pinterest without seeing a pair styled with an outfit. What’s unique about these boots is they can be styled with almost anything, which is rare to find a shoe that is so flexible and trans-seasonal. Following the trend of sustainability in the fashion industry, investing in long-term pieces of clothing can be a great way to lessen the number of products you buy. I invested in my first pair of Doc Martens recently after many years of admiring them and I’m excited to share all the versatile ways to style/wear them.
In times of COVID, is a shoe really worth buying if it can’t work with a sweatsuit? My favorite thing about my Doc Martens is wearing them with sweatpants and a sweatshirt while still looking put-together! Wear this to the grocery store, to run errands, or on a walk.
Many people think boots are only meant for the cold weather, although Docs are great all year round. Pair with a dress, skirt, sweat pants, or leggings. It always manages to tie together an outfit during any season.
Trends come and go, but Docs will stay forever. Regardless of the newest trend, these shoes can fit into your wardrobe in some way shape, or form. With fashion, it’s all about the staple pieces and investing in items that will last you a lifetime — Docs do just that.
Who says business wear has to be boring? Pair Docs with straight-leg jeans or slacks, a turtle neck, or a plain tee, and top it off with your professional blazer. You can wear this to meetings, dinners, or a day out and ensure you’ll look ready to take on the day (did I mention, Docs are super comfy for your daily walks to the fridge while WFH?)
I love wearing a pair of socks that extend past the opening of the show - it’s so fun to see it peek through.
If you want to read more about Doc Marten’s history, visit their website and check it out!