Dr Martens shoes have represented different things at different times. They started off as simple work boots, moving on to be a sign of rebellion, and now stand as a versatile piece that comes in a range of different styles and looks. On the whole, there’s no one who can’t wear Dr Martens, especially now that they’ve evolved to be such classic pieces with so many fits to choose from.
Whether you’re eight or eighty, it’s one of those boots that work with all kind of body types and styles, and if the chunky boots aren’t for you there’s always the slimmer models to choose from. All of the designs feature the same sturdy build and thick, yet flexible sole, and their variety of looks has made them a popular choice all over the world.
How to Wear Dr Martens Boots
Back in the day, and by the day we mean 1901, there was really only one Dr Marten boot to choose. The thick sole, leather boot that started its life as a humble work boot has evolved over the years, and now there’s a whole range of styles to pick and style. Having a choice is great and all, but sometimes it can be overwhelming as different colours, textures and finishes can make a big difference in how you style them.
Black Dr Marten Boots
Black Dr Martens are probably the most common and popular styles to choose from, with the versatile colour matching with pretty much anything. Grabbing yourself a pair is easy, but deciding on the model can be a little trickier. Do you want to go for the original, chunky design, or a more streamlined model? Do you want high shine leather or a more muted material? Each design choice can give off a different vibe, so depending on your style you might want to go for a traditional or more unique model.
Dr Martens 1460 8 Eye Classic Boot
The 8 eye, as you can imagine, refers to the neatly placed eight eyelets that dot down the middle of the boot, giving this classic Dr Marten its trademark look and clean, secure fit. It’s practical height, smooth leather, and clean finish makes it both a stylish and useful addition to your wardrobe, perfect for adding some dimension to your outfit, as well as a good thing to have if you’re ever trekking through snow or rainy streets.
- Air cushion sole
- Smooth-finish leather
- Classic yellow stitching around the sole
There’s a variety of ways you can wear this staple boot, and it’s been experimented with over the years. There’s been the classic grunge look, as well as more contemporary looks, but one thing this boot never is is boring, so if you’re looking for something neat and easy to blend in, look elsewhere. These boots are great for adding some impact to a simple outfit, so even a basic jean and jumper combo can become a stylised, statement look. You can also go for a surprisingly tailored look with these boots. Despite their chunky sole, their smooth leather and solid black colour give them a sleek undertone that’s great for smart casual outfits.
Classic Monkey Boot
Of course, there’s a variety of other black boots from Dr Marten, with more sleek, formal styles on offer. The Monkey Boots from Dr Martens are a great option when you’re looking for smart footwear with a unique twist. Their sleek, high shine leather with subtle lacing and slim shape makes them the look of a dress shoe, but their thicker sole, rounded toe and rigid finish keep things on the alternative side of things.
It’s easy to add a contemporary finish to a classic suit, starting with a solid grey or black suit, adding a black jumper into the mix for a modern look and finishing off with the high shine monkey boots. The patent leather will help keep the outfit from becoming too muted and will brighten up the overall look while keeping it sophisticated and sleek.
You can also achieve a more laid-back look, incorporating different textures into the outfit to create a mixed vibe. Try something like a suede bomber jacket paired with a white oxford shirt, with the combination of tailored and relaxed fits creating a neat look.
Match these with some statement skinny jeans (or slim fit if you prefer something less binding) and complete the outfit with your slim-line monkey boots. The overall look will play around with texture and fit, with the jacket and monkey boots creating a clean contrast.
Red Dr Marten Boots
Red Dr Martens might not be as common or popular as the black and brown models, but their burgundy undertones help to keep them versatile and easy to make your own. Red can also be mixed with a surprisingly high amount of colours, blending in with more autumnal tones, and giving a subtle boost to an all-black look. If your clothing palette is more varied, or you like to make a statement with your shoes, this might be the right colour for you.
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