Originally Posted by kookydooky
Would Get Smart mind clearing up the Oxblood/Cherry Red color.
Which ones do you own? Would you recommends Cherry and what is the best way to turn them dark? Also what sort of polish do you use on yours? I hear people tend to use black polish on theirs
Dr Marten makes "Cherry Red", which was called oxblood by guys wearing them, but not officially by DM. And yea, the thing to do back in the day was to polish the cherry reds with black and it would darken and give it that antique patina. I only ever polished my Cherry Reds with black
Interestingly, the color of the current MIC "cherry red" is more similar to the really old school Docs from pre-80s than the current MIE ones. The color of the MIE cherry red is like what I used to wear in the 80s, and it's a less saturated looking color than the MIC Cherry Red, and imo doesnt look as good, color-wise. I've never actually seen a pair of really old Docs from 60s so the 'cherry red' color difference is based on what I've heard from guys around at that time, as well as what I can tell from some old photos. I remember us all wanting the "real" cherry red color Docs rather than the usual ones that were available in 1986. Oxblood was more of a colloquial term for the color, at least IME.
and boots like Grinders, Gripfast, Ranger etc started making boots in the burgundy ruboff which they actually called "oxblood", but it's a different color from DM 'cherry red'