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Doc Marten Boots In Style Anymore?

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by sloguy, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. kmarriner

    kmarriner Active Member

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    So before polishing my boots tonight, I hit them with a bit of conditioner.

    When I rubbed it off it seemed that a few bits of polish followed it off, and I can't seem to figure out how to fix it.

    [​IMG]

    Anyone have any ideas on what I should do? It is right on the vamp.
     
  2. SnarlPatrick

    SnarlPatrick Well-Known Member

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    To me, putting on a pair of docs is kinda like putting on a uniform. Its a little bit more of a "statement" than I like to make. No offense to anyone who feels differently.

    I do like them on girls though.
     
  3. ArliHawk`

    ArliHawk` Well-Known Member

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    Like the black 50th Anniversary 1461's so much, I just ordered them in cherry red. There's a 35% off coupon with free shipping floating around if anyone feels the need for a new pair.
     
  4. pseudonym

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    Really liking the black Doc boots I'm seeing in this thread.

    Quick question: Are these good for heavy, slippery, wet winters? I'm looking for a pair of boots that can last me this upcoming NYC winter.

    Thanks.
     
  5. Vecna

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    I own no doc martens and am considering 1460s in black. Should i go with smooth or nappa leather?
     
  6. ArliHawk`

    ArliHawk` Well-Known Member

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    I own no doc martens and am considering 1460s in black. Should i go with smooth or nappa leather?

    I'd do the smooth vintage, which are still made in England. Plus, with the 35% coupon, it would be teh same price as the made in China ones.
     
  7. Avocat

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    @ Kmarriner: not really sure what you did, but did you pile up the polish (i.e., layers on top of layers) without giving it a chance to cure? Also, base layers sometimes crack. If so, you'll have to strip it down and start afresh. The British military do this all the time to their boots (i.e., strip down, give them a good conditioning, brushing off the dirt, etc and polish up to a shine). It's easy to do, but if you're uncomfortable with this, just take your boots to a cobbler who can fix it up for you. @pseudonym: I don't know about today's Docs, but back in the day we'd mink oil them for winter and they were fine for all but those heavy snow/slushy mess days, and I'm talking about CDN winters. In NYC, you should be ok w/ heavy (i.e., full grain), oil and waxy leathers, having proper soles (non-slip thick rubber, as they are). Wear with proper socks so your toes don't get cold (i.e, thick and warm, like wool, etc., though there are also sheepskin and other thermal inserts on the market these days). Just be careful not to drag leather shoes/boots through salty-slushy messes, though--they can die of thirst. (Soaking cold feet isn't good, and the salt can dry out leather, etc.). That said, I think Doc has a winter line of boots, no? If you like the style, might want to check it out. EDIT: kmarriner, just thought I'd add that the easiest way to strip polish off your boots is to hold them over a boiling kettle to let the hot stream loosen the polish. You can then gently rub the polish off using a cloth. (It's how cadets do it [​IMG]
     
  8. kmarriner

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    @ Kmarriner: not really sure what you did, but did you pile up the polish (i.e., layers on top of layers) without giving it a chance to cure? Also, base layers sometimes crack. If so, you'll have to strip it down and start afresh. The British military do this all the time to their boots (i.e., strip down, give them a good conditioning, brushing off the dirt, etc and polish up to a shine). It's easy to do, but if you're uncomfortable with this, just take your boots to a cobbler who can fix it up for you.

    @pseudonym: I don't know about today's Docs, but back in the day we'd mink oil them for winter and they were fine for all but those heavy snow/slushy mess days, and I'm talking about CDN winters. In NYC, you should be ok w/ heavy (i.e., full grain), oil and waxy leathers, having proper soles (non-slip thick rubber, as they are). Wear with proper socks so your toes don't get cold (i.e, thick and warm, like wool, etc., though there are also sheepskin and other thermal inserts on the market these days). Just be careful not to drag leather shoes/boots through salty-slushy messes, though--they can die of thirst. (Soaking cold feet isn't good, and the salt can dry out leather, etc.).

    That said, I think Doc has a winter line of boots, no? If you like the style, might want to check it out.

    EDIT: kmarriner, just thought I'd add that the easiest way to strip polish off your boots is to hold them over a boiling kettle to let the hot stream loosen the polish. You can then gently rub the polish off using a cloth. (It's how cadets do it [​IMG]


    It was actually the bottom finish on the leather, They are replacing the boots for me.
     
  9. Avocat

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    It was actually the bottom finish on the leather, They are replacing the boots for me.

    Yeah, it was difficult to tell what was going on with your boots there. Sorry to hear that it's a defect, but always wonderful to hear when a company takes full responsibility and issues a replacement without any drama. Here's hoping you get your replacement boots ASAP, and to many years of enjoyment [​IMG]
     
  10. Kark

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    Really liking the black Doc boots I'm seeing in this thread.

    Quick question: Are these good for heavy, slippery, wet winters? I'm looking for a pair of boots that can last me this upcoming NYC winter.

    Thanks.


    Absolutely not. Worst Fucking Traction Ever.

    When I was a poor student (read; all spare money went to beer) I wore docs almost exclusively for years and in our Ottawa winters my group of friends had an acronym for all the bruised hips and cracked elbows that could be attributed to greasy footwear.

    "D.W.I." Doc Winter Injury.

    Ranger sole is obviously a bit better, but the sole material just doesn't deal well with cold.

    fwiw, Blundstones, despite a weak looking tread have amazing traction in snow/ice/slush.
     
  11. Avocat

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    Kark, he lives in NYC, not northern Canada. NYC doesn't have snow like Toronto (which is like Connecticut), much less Ottawa or Montreal (where it's icy cold and where the wind and snow doth blow). It's mild in NYC, not being the same at all. Docs have a ranger sole which is grippy, and with socks he'll be fine (it's just not that cold in NYC, but I wouldn't wear them in Ottawa this is true). They've a winter line, as do Blunds (Blunds work, too). Ah, but you wore regular Docs in Ottawa winters? Well, at least you had the alcohol in your system to keep you warm--that was good thinking, er ... [​IMG]
     
  12. Kark

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    Kark, he lives in NYC, not northern Canada.

    NYC doesn't have snow like Toronto (which is like Connecticut), much less Ottawa or Montreal (where it's icy cold and where the wind and snow doth blow). It's mild in NYC, not being the same at all.

    Docs have a ranger sole which is grippy, and with socks he'll be fine (it's just not that cold in NYC, but I wouldn't wear them in Ottawa this is true). They've a winter line, as do Blunds (Blunds work, too).

    Ah, but you wore regular Docs in Ottawa winters? Well, at least you had the alcohol in your system to keep you warm--that was good thinking, er ... [​IMG]


    Point taken. I read the "heavy, slippery, wet winters" reference and envisioned my own version of what that means, and in the flood of remembered wipe outs I failed to factor in the actual locale. oops!

    So, yeah, They'd probably be more than adequate for a NYC winter. ..but then most boots would be no?
     
  13. G0079

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    Like it was pointed out above, Docs don't really insulate your toes. Prepare to freeze if you take steps to add warm socks or an insert.
     
  14. Cool The Kid

    Cool The Kid Well-Known Member

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    Asking again... anyone resole 1460s w/a traditional leather sole?
     
  15. eightdouble

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    i just e-kopped these brown, england made oxfords. the sole is like new and i plan on using these on those wet winter days.

    26 bucks. pleased.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Avocat

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    @Kark & Go:
    Kark, you think that's bad? I remember students in Edmonton running around in Docs with shorts when it was not quite spring, yet not quite winter either (apart from the great skiing, etc., those Edmonton winters are brutal, making Ottawa seem like Florida by comparison: those westerners are tough, but nuts!!)

    NYC winters? Well, he'll want full grain, oily waxy leather which he can mink oil, such as Docs or Blunds, ... and yes, definitely needs to pay attention to his toes. On a cold day, he'll definitely want proper socks or a thermal insert and why I, then Kark and now you, Go, mention it. Just thinking, as yes I remember the cold toes from back in the day, too: guess we've all been there and done that which in a way is kinda funny (nope. nothing "cool" about cold toes, that's for sure).

    @Eightdouble:
    really nice deal there, I think. For Chicago winter? Oh, the winter wind doth blow there, too ... for the city streets on non snow days, I take it (I trust you noted comments about the toes, right?). Again, nice deal you got yourself there: wear them in good health!

    @Coolthekid:
    just had a look at the Doc site, the 1460s are good-year welted (meaning, in theory you can replace the soles), but why would you want to? They are the way they are on purpose and are balanced/wear, accordingly. Plus, they seem to come with a "for life" guarantee (very cool!) which you will likely void if you make any changes to the boots. Instead of changing the soles on your 1460s, put the money towards another pair of boots having a leather sole, and this way you'll have different boots, for different purposes.
     
  17. eightdouble

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    @Eightdouble:
    really nice deal there, I think. For Chicago winter? Oh, the winter wind doth blow there, too ... for the city streets on non snow days, I take it (I trust you noted comments about the toes, right?). Again, nice deal you got yourself there: wear them in good health!


    yeah, i wanted shoes for those winter days where the snow had melted (or been salted) and the sidewalks were still wet, possibly a little slushed. i plan on obenauf'ing or sno-sealing them and using them for those in between days (with warm socks). and thanks!
     
  18. ArliHawk`

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    yeah, i wanted shoes for those winter days where the snow had melted (or been salted) and the sidewalks were still wet, possibly a little slushed. i plan on obenauf'ing or sno-sealing them and using them for those in between days (with warm socks). and thanks!

    The Doc Marten Wonder Balsam is a great product for this, too.
     
  19. BarrelMaker

    BarrelMaker Well-Known Member

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    Dr martens are definitely classic.

    ive owned gripfast, grinders, DM, and getta grip boots. the gripfast were my favorite of the lot.
    the grinders i had were china made and felt really cheap, the soles were much too soft and wore down surprisingly fast.
    Getta grips are nice as well but god damn are they heavy! they probably had the best sole of the bunch no problem on icy sidewalks or through mud. ive owned several pairs of DM boots and shoes, my favorite of which are a pair of black 3i made in england

    the boots i usually wear now are 3i navy deck boots i believe the brand is "altima delta" the quality of the leather is better than any of the afore mentioned brands. they also have goodyear soles which are amazing theres more traction than you know what to do with.
     
  20. herzzreh

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    Opinions on these? About $100 more than "regular" ones. [​IMG]
     

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