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Dr Martens

Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens has long found itself at the epicentre of fashion. In 1945, German Army Dr. Klaus Märtens injured his ankle while skiing. As he recuperated, Märtens thought up an alternative to the cumbersome Army boots he didn't want to put back on—something made with an air-cushioned sole and supple leather. In 1952, Märtens went into production, melting down surplus Luftwaffe rubber to make his air-filled soles. A few years later, the Griggs family of Northamptonshire bought the rights to manufacture the boot in the U.K., modifying the name for English ears and naming its boot the 1460 after the first production date: 1 April 1960. The footwear is distinguished by its air-cushioned sole (dubbed Bouncing Soles), upper shape, welted construction and yellow stitching.