Originally published on http://www.sessionsx.com
I have been the proud owner of a pair of ox blood Dr Martens for the last eleven years. I have worn them consistently each winter, and they have never failed to keep my feet dry on the wettest of days. Such is the endurance of my Dr Martens, that they have a special place in my wardrobe, and my life. Personally, they represent to me my punk rock leanings and remain a basic form of expressing this.
Your first pair of Dr Martens for every music or fashion fan is a rite of passage. The coolness of the Dr Martens brand is so great that it has endured for over fifty years in the hearts and minds of the young and old. They were first worn on stage by Pete Townsend of The WHO in 1966 and have graced the feet of some of the most important figures in youth and music culture. From Sid Vicious to Elton John, Dr Martens are unique in their appeal. The period when they became popular in youth culture was an era where music was being made for a new generation. The punk rock generation. A generation railing against the expectations of previous generations, the first generation not to have grown up with the second World War active in their consciousness. This generation demanded music and fashion that were more realistic for their culture, emerging out of high unemployment and political apathy. Dr Martens became quickly adopted by the punk rock movement as a symbol of working class Britain and the struggle to create a youth culture that young people owned themselves. As they were adopted as a wardrobe staple of this movement for an alternative music, an alternative voice, they became a status symbol for people aspiring to be different.
In addition to this, Dr Martens are faultless in their functionality and are reliable in the worst weather. They also have a timeless style, which has changed little since they were first launched in the UK in 1960. They are also very comfortable with their famous air cushion sole making them appeal to everyone from rock stars to policemen. All of these reasons will make for a success story in footwear, but their iconic status in the fashion and music worlds has given them what all brands strive for, to be instantly recognisable, desired and used as a noun. They are not a pair of boots, they are a pair of Dr Martens.
I am now working for the man, part of the system, buying things in shops to serve my capitalist overlords, but at least I still have cool shoes. My head is in modern day capitalism, my heart in is an anarchical dystopia. And my Dr Martens will remain in my wardrobe forever.