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post #151 of 275
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Originally Posted by tenorclef View Post
Funny to realise that Dr Martens are actually 50 years old now since the first pair came off the factory on 1st April 1960 (hence the name 1460!). Given how many are made and how many shops we see them in I think they've become a part of our national heritage! To my shame i currently own 7 pairs of DM's. One for each day of the week?



Regarding quality the MIE or MIC or MIT or where ever they make em now is not so important as what leather is used. Kappa, Quillon and other good leathers are far superior to the standard 'smooth' leather gimmick the DM corporation mass produce. The 'smooth leather' will begin to crack after about two years useage and no amount of neatsfoot oil will make any difference.

See-

http://badgerandblade.com/vb/attachm...1&d=1279458807

Interestingly i just discovered that the shoe/key cutting company Timpsons can actually resole a worn out DM with an original Dr Martin MIE sole........worth knowing that!

See-

http://badgerandblade.com/vb/attachm...1&d=1279812112
http://badgerandblade.com/vb/attachm...1&d=1279812134

Here's a favourite pair-

http://badgerandblade.com/vb/attachm...1&d=1279054570

and for those who like brogues and DM's-

http://badgerandblade.com/vb/attachm...1&d=1279362843


I also managed to bag one of the special 50th anniversary pair of DM boots of which they only produced 1460 pairs!

Great collection. I need to get a couple of good photos of mine and post them. 20 years of foot comfort for my 10-lace oxbloods. 15 years for my 8-lace greens.
post #152 of 275
I wanna see the 20 yr old oxbloods.
post #153 of 275
get the new "for life" oxblood boots and they'll be the last pair you'll ever need to buy again
post #154 of 275
I've had my pair of Docs for about 7 years now. Tread on the bottom is slowly wearing down, and the rubber sole where it meets the rest of the shoe was coming apart. I just used some Gorilla superglue and sealed it back up.

I mostly wear these now for stuff that involves my shoes getting dirty, like fishing or hunting if it's not too cold. I oil them a couple times a year with docs balm, and then put a coat or two of waterproof spray on them.

Without flash

With flash
post #155 of 275
Those look comfortable!
post #156 of 275
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Originally Posted by wogbog View Post
I wanna see the 20 yr old oxbloods.

i have a pair at home as well. i'll try and get some pics here soon.
post #157 of 275
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Originally Posted by wogbog View Post
I wanna see the 20 yr old oxbloods.

Ask and you shall receive.

Just too a pic of all my Docs. Was fun seeing them all lined up. I'm like a proud papa. Wow...that's pretty pathetic...

Here's all of them lined up in my loft.


The 20 year old ox bloods. They're actually probably closer to 21 years old now.



The green 8-laces are close to 15 years old.



Brown brogues are around 15 years old too. Weird...they look different colors in the photo. THey aren't...I'm just not a very good photographer...


Black and white brogues are about 10 years old.


Black waxy finishes are 8-9 years old.


The black 8-laces and the white 8-laces are newer and made in China.

post #158 of 275
Those white ones should look interesting once they start wearing and creasing.
post #159 of 275
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Originally Posted by G0079 View Post
Those white ones should look interesting once they start wearing and creasing.

Yeah. I think so too. There was a kid I knew back in the 80s who had a pair. I always thought they were just about the most bad ass boots I'd ever seen. Just need to wear them more...get them good and creased up...
post #160 of 275
Occasionally I get to attend a black tie event and a tux is the 'raison d'être' but still i've wanted to wear my DM's and i think these little beauties fit the bill perfectly-
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post #161 of 275
Does anybody have the 50th anniversary pebble grain? Was thinking about getting the blacks; just wanted to know if that leather is any better than the other docs.
post #162 of 275
Kudos, keep rockin those Doc's. Who gives a bloody fu** if they're in or not. I wear em' just the same way with some Lee 101PowellSelvage faded and torn. It's the ultimate timeless expression of ass kickery.
post #163 of 275
Stupid question here... I have no personal experience with the MiC docs, but I am wondering.. Would it be worth the extra 50 bucks to order NPS/Solovair two tone brogues from england vs buying the DM version?
post #164 of 275
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Originally Posted by kmarriner View Post
Stupid question here... I have no personal experience with the MiC docs, but I am wondering.. Would it be worth the extra 50 bucks to order NPS/Solovair two tone brogues from england vs buying the DM version?

If you look on the US Doc Store, there are two options for made in England docs. The 50th anniversary pebble ones which are 180 and the vintage smooth leather which are 160. So, unless you want Solovair (which I believe are made in the same factory) it probably isn't worthe the customs from England. And there is free shipping on the US Doc site.
post #165 of 275
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Originally Posted by Johdus Fanfoozal View Post
The point of a makeover is to make a better product that work boot enthusiasts such as myself will buy.

But that's not their market. No one weighs DM 1460s vs. 1000 Mile boots or Indies.

DM makes a shit-ton of money and appeals to a broad group of buyers by doing the same thing they've always done. The narrative of Doc Martens is about the disparate (kind of) youth cultures that have adopted DMs over 50 years - the kids change, the boots stay the same.

Wolverine, Red Wing et al. produce their heritage lines as a return to something they did in the past. Since 1460s have barely changed through their history (including the availability of MIE pairs), how are they going to do a heritage reboot?

Now if only I could get MIE Docs in a US14...
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