Originally Posted by ArliHawk`
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 MÃ¤rtens, 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).