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ICONS ARE BETTER #45: THE DR.MARTENS BOOT

While on leave in 1945, a doctor called Klaus Märtens injured his ankle while skiing in the Bavarian Alps. His standard-issue army boots were painful to wear so he designed improvements with soft leather and air-padded soles made from tyres. When the war ended, Märtens set about designing the iconic eight-eyelet DM boot that we know and love today. Initially a big hit with housewives in 1947 for their new-found comfort, they exploded into British culture in the 1960 when skinheads adopted them as part of their uniform. They then became the staple footwear for scooter riders, punks and then a wide range of music genre fanatics from the 1980s through to present day. The Oxblood and plain black 9-hole ‘dms’ can still be seen everywhere on the streets today and have earned themselves iconic status the world over.

Mark McCall @marksmccall