Dr Martens, Yay/Nay?

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  1. CharlieAngel

    CharlieAngel Senior member

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    +1

    And don't forget the proper lacing...

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    WTF kinda ghetto-assed straight lace is that? :p The "ball" on the knot at the bottom would drive me nuts.
     
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  3. Get Smart

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    ^^ it's not nubuck, and I'm assuming is the same kind of leather as the pale grey ones that me and Dave have, in which case it should take polish well

    btw, Dave, you get your loafers yet? Been wearing mine the last couple days, really dig em. Better than the last ones they made before discontinuing. I dig that it doesnt have the yellow contrast welt stitching like they used to. The toebox also seems a bit taller which I like, gives the shoe a heftier/chunkier look which balances with the airwair sole nicely.
     
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    thanks gs. still debating between those and the tan wingtips.
     
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    How wide do 1460s tend to run? I have ridiculously wide and flat feet and custom orthotic insoles that I have to wear to even function. Are the stock DM insoles removable to give more clearance for mine? And again, how wide? Like EE or more would be ideal.

    They're wide enough. [​IMG] I found the only store in Colorado that carries MIE Docs as regular stock and tried on a pair of 1490s. Had to go up to US size 12 to get the width and height to accommodate my insoles, but as soon as I have money again they will be mine. Best part is they're $40 less than dmusa's website and for all the rest of you, they ship.

    http://www.vixensandangels.com/
     
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    Nothing like a mirror-shined pair of docs (cherry red/oxblood) to make me feel up to anything.
     
  7. Get Smart

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    yea, there's definitely a "I can take on the world" swagger you get when yer geared up in a newly polished pair of DMs
     
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    GS

    I did receive my new loafers. I didn't get to wear them until last Saturday though so I they just sat there for a couple of days. I have a pair of regular AE penny loafers that I had a topy sole put on to add a little oomph that I doubt will see the light of day now. kinda feel bad for that. (but not much)

    I am wearing my cherry 1461s today too. my usual go to's for friday. my FTW shoes.
     
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    Yes,

    Once broken in they are incredibly comfy before that can be agony. Its a pain though. They are good at staying clean and if they get dirty wipe clean .
    Oil resistant soles
     
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    yay if they are made in the UK,

    hell nay if they are made in China or Thailand the quality is just not the same...
     
  11. Bullitt

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    Definitely yes!

    I wore Doc's all the time when I was younger. Unfortunately over the years the quality had spiralled downward and the prices had quadrupled. I stopped wearing Doc's maybe 10 years ago, however I still liked them. Recently I saw the England made vintage models and was tempted to buy a pair. However they did not fit properly. Doc Martens has stopped producing shoes in half sizes. What a shame!
     
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    How do you guys polish docs without staining the yellow stitching on the welt?

    I have to admit I'm a complete beginner when it comes to polishing shoes, but all shoe polishing instructions I have read involve polishing everywhere with emphasis on all seams. Do you just try and be very careful to avoid the welt?

    Also on that note, has anyone tried purposefully polishing over the signature yellow stitching to "town-down" the contrast on, say, the black 1461s? Would this be possible, or would it just make the stitching look dirty?

    Also, do you use shoe-trees on your docs? I'm wondering if it's as necessary with the PVC sole.

    As a side note, I just purchased the 1461 "for life" Docs in black and will let you folks know as to their quality when they come in.
     
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    I think that another connotation, for me at least, is not only the cherry red skin association but the late ninties/early new century association of the plain brown nubuck docs and those horrible sandals being tied with just about everything uncool ever. I owned 8 or 9 pair of Doc's growing up and that whole era just killed them for me.

    I still have my second pair of black 1460 boots that must be about 17 years old and a pair of orange 1460 boots polished black. Neither sees much wear. Beyond that it has taken till the release of the new James boots to really get me to look at a new pair seriously.

    EDIT: Crazy Horse, thats what they called that shit brown leather.
     
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    How do you guys polish docs without staining the yellow stitching on the welt?

    I have to admit I'm a complete beginner when it comes to polishing shoes, but all shoe polishing instructions I have read involve polishing everywhere with emphasis on all seams. Do you just try and be very careful to avoid the welt?

    Also on that note, has anyone tried purposefully polishing over the signature yellow stitching to "town-down" the contrast on, say, the black 1461s? Would this be possible, or would it just make the stitching look dirty?

    Also, do you use shoe-trees on your docs? I'm wondering if it's as necessary with the PVC sole.

    As a side note, I just purchased the 1461 "for life" Docs in black and will let you folks know as to their quality when they come in.




    I polished over my cherry reds, my black, my navy and my orange boots growing up and don't ever remember getting any staining on the stitching. I am not neat or careful by any stretch either. I was slathering my dads black polish on those things. taking masking tape to the sides would prevent it though.

    The soles will curl up slightly with wear but I find that it adds character. They will wear down before they curl much however. My longest worn pair have virtually no tread bumps left with about 4 or 5 years of wear on them as a teenager. They aren't curled at the sole hardly at all. The top of the boot just below the laces is pronouncedly worn and curled. I suppose a show tree might have prevented that. The whole beauty of doc's to me though is the wearing in. Nothing greater then a tread bare pair of doc beat to shit.
     
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    I'd still love to see some actual closeup, wear pics of those Doc Longwings.
     

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