It's strange, isn't it, how a brand can suddenly become extremely popular again? Dr Martens hasn't exactly ever disappeared, but they were definitely having a quiet moment and were off the fashion crowd's radar for a while. This year, though, I can't seem to stop seeing them. Both in London and other UK cities, I've spotted so many women wearing this brand. In particular the shoe versions of the classic boots.
So what's behind the resurgence? It's not just my eyes that tell me this brand is back—there are real numbers that back it up too. In March this year, Dr Martens revealed that profits were up 75% year on year to £85 million. While this is due in part to the brand's vegan shoe range, you need only look to the current boot trends to realise that if there was ever a time for DMs to make a comeback, it's now. Thanks to biker boots being an incredibly popular style with the likes of Prada, Alexander McQueen, Louis Vuitton and even Chanel creating a version, this lace-up style is on the radar of every fashion editor and influencer.
I also think that there's been a shift by the consumer towards pieces and brands that are known for being long-wearing, such as Dr Martens. The boots, which are set to celebrate its 60th anniversary, initially began as workwear boots for postmen and factory workers. Early skinheads adopted the boots as part of their uniform. Then Pete Townsend of The Who became one of the first high-profile people to wear the shoes, rendering them a symbol of rebellion.
Since then, it's been adopted by punks and goths, and a whole host of other subcultures. Its music heritage hasn't disappeared as it's still one of the shoe brands that you're most likely to find at a festival. But today, right now, it's worn by almost anyone at any age. Ready to see what all the fuss is about? Keep scrolling to see our edit of the best Dr Martens shoes, boots and sandals to shop right now.
Dr Martens 1490 10 Eye Leather Ankle Boots in Black (£149)
Dr Martens Modern Classics Smooth 1460 8-Eye Boots (£139)
Dr Martens 1460 8-Eye Leather Boots (£139)
Dr Martens Shriver Chunky Lace-Up Shoes in Black (£129)
Dr Martens 2976 Platform Leather Chelsea Boots (£169)
Dr Martens Jadon Chunky Leather Ankle Boots in Cherry (£169)
Dr Martens Jadon 8-Eye Leather Platform Boots (£169)
Dr Martens 1460 Serena 8-Eye Leather and Faux-Shearling Boots (£135)
Dr Martens 1461 Classic Black Patent Flat Shoes (£109)
Dr Martens 1461 Smooth (£119)
Dr Martens 1461 Patent Lamper (£109)
Dr Martens 1461 Smooth (£119)
Dr Martens 8053 Quad Platform Shoes (£159)
Dr Martens 1461 Abandon (£159)
Dr Martens Voss black Leather Flat Chunky Sandals (£89)
Dr Martens Geraldo Ankle Strap Sandals in Black (£139)
Dr Martens II Quad Chunky Sandals in Black (£103)
Dr Martens Wine leather 1460 Lace-Up Boots (£130)
Dr Martens Navy Leather Pascal Lace-Up Boots (£125)
Dr Martens Dark Red Velvet 1460 Pascal Lace-Up Boots (£115)
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