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post #166 of 273
Been wearing those DM peter boots last winter/spring:



Although they're taiwan-made I really have no serious complaints about the quality. They've survived -25° C/-15F with no damage to the leather, and I guess they'd age nicely.
post #167 of 273
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Originally Posted by ArliHawk` View Post
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.

Not talking about boots, talking about the two tone brogues:


The MiC ones are $110, the Solovair/NPS ones are $160 shipped from the UK.
post #168 of 273
Sorry, missed that important detail.

Where are you finding them for $160 shipped from the UK?
post #169 of 273
http://www.chinablueshoes.com/nps-so...black-891.html 85EUR + 30EUR for shipping = ~160usd
post #170 of 273
I have an old pair of Original made in england dm's but I don't know the style.

They only have 6 eyelets, not 8, so they obviously aren't the 1460.

Bond111 appears to have the same boot (with different leather and sole). I checked out the dmusastore site and couldn't find a 6-eyelet boot. I also can't find the size anywhere on these--I just know the leather is super nice and the boots are comfortable and fun to wear.







post #171 of 273
Not sure if these are the raf x doc collab but saw one on sufu, so nice: Similar but not sure if it is the collab (anyone know?) http://www.yoox.com/item/YOOX/DR.MAR.../sr_shoesmen80
post #172 of 273
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Originally Posted by Trapp View Post
I have an old pair of Original made in england dm's but I don't know the style.

They only have 6 eyelets, not 8, so they obviously aren't the 1460.


6 eyelet DMs were used as police boots, so most likely yours are such a model. They arent 1460s, I dont know what their official numerical designation was but they were worn by the old bill.
post #173 of 273
Thx for the info. Had no idea Docs would (or could) be used as police boots, but these are pretty tough. Were they standard issue in London? What decade are we talking about?
post #174 of 273
yea they were standard issue, not sure when first worn but def from late 60s thru part of 70s. ironic then since skinheads would get nicked because they were wearing DMs by old bill who was also wearing DMs
post #175 of 273
I like everything about them but the damn sole Makes em look like this I'd be curious to see a pair with a sleeker traditional leather sole
post #176 of 273
I am sure I still see The Plod wearing DMs - I guess these days they're private purchase. THis might have been posted before, forgive, but do investigate Solvair via retail - they don't have to cost huge amounts: same soles, Northampton-made, and often good prices from the UK's remaining workwear shops/stalls. Docs were always fantastic value for their longevity, and although they hiked prices some years ago, some SOlovair is available for great prices: The stock in Brick Lane is usually priced around £49:
post #177 of 273
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skinheads would get nicked because they were wearing DMs by old bill who was also wearing DMs

Love the idea of both sides of the law facing off in DMs. Especially since I never thought of them as a utility or service boot. Having known nothing about their history until reading this thread, I always saw them as ultra-benign.
post #178 of 273
Just got my 50th anniversary 1461's in the mail today. Haven't worn these for a while, and I forgot how heavy they are. The leather looks like great quality, and I can't wait to break them out.

The gold eyelets and lace tips are a very nice touch, as is the pebble grain.
post #179 of 273
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post #180 of 273
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Originally Posted by ArliHawk` View Post
Just got my 50th anniversary 1461's in the mail today. Haven't worn these for a while, and I forgot how heavy they are. The leather looks like great quality, and I can't wait to break them out. The gold eyelets and lace tips are a very nice touch, as is the pebble grain.
Oh, what a fun thread to have stumbled upon, and congrats on your new boots, ArliHawk. I fondly remember DMs, which were popular not only among the police, factory workers and mail carriers, but also the mods/punks/skinheads, etc., the arts crowd and university students (along with some professors) in Canada during the 80s and 90s. Oh, the memories!! DM's story traces back to 1945, when "Klaus Märtens, a physician with the German army, injured his ankle skiing and invented boots with air-padded soles that provided comfortable support. Then R. Griggs, a manufacturer in Northamptonshire (the cradle of British shoemaking), struck a deal with the doctor and started production in 1960." See, http://www.thestar.com/living/articl...the-punk-crowd Yes, the history of DMs is an interesting one, as is the visual of a DM clad constable having an... er ... "argument" with a DM clad skinhead ... must have been over which version, whether the eight-eyelet or some other version was the most comfortable tl/DR: Appreciate GetSmart's/Trapp's visual: thanks. And enjoy your boots, ArliHawk (DMs are iconic, and yours sound very nice).
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