DR. MARTENS™ – THE BRITISH SPIRIT IN THE SHOE
If you have not had the pleasure of owning a pair of the DM’s, the footwear is distinguished by its air-cushioned sole, welted construction and yellow stitching then you are missing out.
The boots have been the choice of footwear among various groups in British culture popularised by the scooter riders, punks, some new wave musicians, and members of other youth subcultures, today you can’t walk down the road without seeing a pair of DM’s, in fact you can’t take 100 steps with out seeing a pair.
They are more popular today than they have ever been, so when I was given the opportunity to create my own pair I jumped at the chance (its been something on my bucket list), so I popped to the Dr Martens flagship store in Camden Town to meet Stephen Bent, Production Manager for DM to start the process of creation.
Creating the boots – The process was simple and painless, I pick which style I would like, then you pick every single component that goes into the style of the shoe. including lace, stitching and sole colour, what type of material you would like the boot or shoe to be made out of and there is a lot to choose from; leather in an array of colours to suede. For that personal touch you can have your kicks customer with a name, a date, a place whatever you think makes them extra special.
The factory build – Once this was all done, it was time to head to the factory to watch my boots being made. I choose DM’s 10 eye boot, with white leather and a little sometime special for the back strap.
The Dr. Martens factory is based near Northampton in a picturesque village of Wollaston. The Cobb’s lane factory is the original site of the Dr. Martens factory, from the very first workwear shoes made in the 60’s to their current Made in England collection. Every pair of DM’s is still sampled at the Cobb’s Lane factory, and is where they make the Made in England collection and any bespoke pairs.
Walking round the factory really reminded me of the cobblers of old, each and every person there was a master craftsman or woman. Ever single stage of creating my boots was done by hand, from cutting the pattern to sewing the components together to popping the sole on the shoes. Its is impossible to do the process justice! I saw my boots start life as a single piece of leather and slowly turned into boots. In a nutshell, the leather is quality checked, and stamped into shapes, which will form the different parts of the shoe uppers. Much like the way a tailored suit or dress is made.
I decided to document the process in video, if a picture’s worth a thousand words then a video must be worth a million, check out the video to really appreciate the process and feel free to stop by the TNC lookbook section to see how I styled my 1 of 1 DM boots. I would like to thank everyone at the factory for making this possible.
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