Originally Posted by Fat-Elvis
I picked up a pair of the "classic" cherry red 8-hole doc martens earlier, and I'm debating whether or not I should keep them. For one thing I didn't know they're now made in china until I brought them back. Well thats a bunch of shit. How is the quality of these, really? Also, I got them just for the sake of having some doc martens (before I knew) and thought I might be able to pull these, off but I'm not sure how. What do you wear red boots with? Is there maybe a way to treat them to make them a bit darker/browner or something if I so desired?
I was passed this link by another member - I may be able to answer some questions on the differences between the Thailand/China made DM boots, and the English-made boots.
Firstly DM do not not manufacture their current range of footwear in England EXCEPT for a very limited range - called "Vintage / Made In England" range, that started production approx 12 months ago. They are very rare to get hold of, and only DM sell them online, together with myself. DM have restricted their supply, mainly due to the quantities that they are produced in.
The "Vintage" range includes:
1461 (3 holes)
1460 (8 holes)
1490 (10 holes)
1914 (14 holes)
All are in oxblood red and black. The main difference, apart from being made in the original Northampton factory is the leather. They are "Quilon leather" - its a higher grade, full "corrected" grain leather. Full Grain leathers are the best leathers available. The leather is the strongest and most durable available. "Corrected Grain" leathers have been infused with polishes and wax to produce a more even surface.
in general the Thailand boots are of good construction quality - being Z stitch welted (Z Stitch - Classic Dr. Marten's stitch that joins the welt, upper and insole. Traditionally yellow). However I find that they are slightly larger than the English boots - maybe by quarter to half of one UK size.
Hope this helps / contributes to this thread a little!