I found a pair of Hawkins boots at a thrift store (good shape, $3.50) that look exactly like the Doc Martens of the same style (the 8 holes) but the leather looks a little better and they have a half-insole. They are made in Northampton, where Docs were made before they moved production to China. I have just never heard of this brand before. Has anyone else? Mods: Leave in MC please.
I assumed that Hawkins was the Japanese equivalent of Cole Haan. Â I purchased 2 pair of Hawkins shoes in 1995 in Japan. They were corrected grain, leather soled,and made in South Korea. Â I believe that they have gone down market since then, and offer even more corrected grain rubber soled wares. As far as I could gather, their Northampton image was entirely manufactured, and not based in fact, but there is no reason why they couldn't be supplied by Loake, Alfred Sargent, or Doc Martin. Bic