Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Dr Martens Lust

I'm not gonna lie here, I don't own any Dr Marten boots and probably (unless I find a pristine pair on my size on clearance) will never own them. I just can't justify the money on shoes that people have been complaining about the decreasing quality of for as long as I've been involved in Goth, but that doesn't stop me from looking. So, if I hit the lottery, here are the Dr Martens I would absolutely love to buy:



Maybe I'm just a sucker for replacing traditional laces with pretty bows, but these shoes really appeal to me.  like patent shoes (even if I'm never, ever able to keep them from scuffing) and the boot dispenses with the yellow contrast stitching that I don't like in regular docs. 



I like these boots because they have a little bit of New Rock-like flair without being as clunky as I think New Rocks usually are. The buckles and straps add a nice touch to otherwise plain footwear. 



When I saw these boots I couldn't decide if I like them or not, but I think I've pretty much decided that  they're Rocky Horror Show-tacky in the best possible way. 



Pascal Men's Boots in HELL

Yes, the boots based off of one of my favorite paintings ever: The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymous Bosch. I saw the painting for the first time in my Art History 101 class and even have a poste of it now. How could I not love it, though? If you need a proper picture, here's a good high-resolution one.


Do any of you have Dr. Martens boots? Do you like them?

13 comments:

  1. I bought my metallic purple DMs about 10 years ago and they took forever to break in but they're still in really good shape now and come out whenever the weather turns nasty or we get snow. They're way easier to walk in that wellies and they grip the snow really well. I can understand your reservation as mine were £60 when I bought them and that was a lot but they have lasted better than any other shoes I have owned.

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  2. I love my docs, and I want more. Though I heard a little about decreased quality as some of their products are not made in China rather than England (they have a branch that is made in England specifically) I still think the quality is great. Mine have lasted four years so far with only a tiny bit of scuffing and I wore those thing every day during my senior years.

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  3. I've got a friend who gave up on them because they just wouldn't break in. And there's forums everywhere dealing with the topic "how do you break these in!??!?" so I've stayed away. Plus, you know, everyone's got em. I still kind of want marxist red ones, but eh, kind of an oxymoron right?

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  4. Love my docs, they are soo comfy. I have the ordinary black patent ones so replaced the laces with ribbons myself just because they are so much prettier than ordinary laces. I have to clean them alot though because patent shows up every bit of dirt!

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  5. I love my dr martens, I have two pairs, and the first pair I had bought new(black 10 hole), and took a few weeks to break in, but once they became comfortable it was definately worth it! I also have another pair that zip up at the side (14 hole) and I got those on ebay pre owned for around £40, and somebody had already broken them in for me! I'd love to get the metallic purple ones, the zip up black ones with roses on the side, and the bottle green ones - but they aren't exactly cheap so it'll have to wait! :)

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  6. I owned patent doc martens lookalikes in dark green but I gave them away because they made my feet look sturdy. Also, they were uncomfortable to walk with, the soles were hard and the boots were heavy.

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  7. Right now i have 5 pairs of Dr. Martens. I have a dark red, metallic pair(8-holed), a pair of low metallic silver/antracite (5-holed), bright-yellow ones (8-holed), a dark purple pair with gold stains on them and the most BEAUTIFULL pair are my low buckled tartan docs with studs on the front and the back. They are super comfortable and i all bought them in Liverpool and they weren't really expensive but also not cheap... i just love the brand so much...

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  8. I adore them, and am fortunate enough to both have small feet and live near an independent retailer of DMs who tends to sell off small sizes cheap (Scorpio Shoes, absolutely amazing footwear for all gothic needs). The quality is subjective - I have their Darcy boots (heeled, with a rose print slightly shiny sheen) that are immaculate despite 5 years of wear and my fav boots ever. I also have some great 12 hole patent leathers that have been the most comfortable boots ever purchased from day 1 (and are also still immaculate). I also have their ox-blood red UK made shoes, beyond comfortable and good quality though the husband laughs ever time I wear them (petite girl, BIG shoes!). They weren't cheap, but the quality of the special ranges seems to be much greater than the standard boot. These have really declined since I first bought a pair - and are awful to break in. They also have a tendency to crack over the top of my feet - much dubbing is needed. I wouldn't advise buying online, you really need to try them on to get the feel / quality - and the size - I go between a UK 3 and 4 depending on the fit.

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  9. * Darcie even. I should add that for years my Dad gave me Christmas cash and I always invested it in new boots, including New Rocks. Much prefer my Docs to them. Sadly he passed away earlier this year. Don't think I'll ever part with my boot collection - every pair reminds me of him.

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  10. I have a pair of pale yellow 18 eyelet Docs I got from eBay a few years ago which are nicely broken in, and I had a pair of 3 eyelet ones in the 90s which never fit me properly. Aside from that, my boots collection is made up of black or silver clompy, stompy knockoffs.

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  11. Just found your blog and I love it! I was lucky enough to find some well-loved Docs at a thrift store. They are maroon and a little scuffed, but they are comfortable and I've had them for about 12 years.

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