JD Official | December 22, 2022

Get to Know: Dr. Martens

Landing in time for the colder seasons, Dr. Martens has hit JD!

With more than a century in the game, the German-founded, British-born brand has become synonymous with quality boots and shoes. It’s evolved from producing durable workwear, to the cultural icons we see season after season. Not only that, since its inception Dr. Martens has helped to shape a whole range of British subcultures – from the mainstream to the niche.


Need to know more? Get the low down on Dr. Martens and the latest styles to land at JD right here.


From 1901 to Now

Throw it back to 1901 in Wollaston, Northamptonshire, and the Griggs family were known for making sturdy boots. Producing them for six decades, the family earned a solid reputation.


By the ‘60s with the third generation working on boots, the Griggs’ came across a German advert for an innovative air-cushioned sole. Ditching their traditional leather sole, the family changed the game by acquiring a license and stitching their signature boots to the air-cushioned sole. That’s where it all began!


The signature Dr. Martens details like the yellow welt stitching, two-tone grooved sole edge and the unique sole pattern featured on the first eight-holed 1460 Dr. Martens boot. Not stoppin’ there, they were branded ‘Airwair’ too, with the legendary black and yellow heel loop that we still see on silhouettes today.


In the decades that followed, Dr. Martens made waves. The ‘70s saw the emergence of the likes of punk and early goth, with each subculture taking on the boot. By the ‘80s, the brand saw the demand from women too, and in the ‘90s even more music genres adopted the boot, meaning it went hand in hand with festival culture.


Today, we’ve seen the legendary boots being repped by a range of celebs, musicians, and free-thinkers – each lacing up in DMs as part of their own, distinctive style.


New to JD

Wanna’ experience the boots ‘With Bouncing Soles’ for yourself? We’ve got you, with a range of styles coming in men’s and women’s sizing.


If you’re looking for a rugged take on a classic, check out the Combs silhouette. Bringing a military edge to the 8-eye boots, this updated look has dropped in a range of colourways, with a ‘Utility’ edition too.


Packed with six decades of utilitarian heritage, the Rakim has been re-tuned for today. They’re equipped with hiker-style laces, panelled uppers and signature DM details – ready to take on just about anything.



For another spin on the brand’s classic silhouette, don’t miss the Thurston boots. Built for a new generation, they’re sat on a lighter Vibe sole, while showcasing signature DNA from the archives.


Coming as part of the Casual Collection, the Bonny Tech is inspired by the streets. Updating signature style through a contemporary, urban lens, these boots are based on the 101.


Need something extra tough? The Tarik’s got you. Sat on an extra rugged utilitarian outsole, these boots take a street-inspired silhouette to the next level with an ultra-durable upper, hiker-inspired laces and a comfy SoftWair insole.


Now you know the deal, it’s time to shop the collection. Check out all things Dr. Martens here.

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