Dr Martens' First Clothing Line
Yellow stitching not included.
This can also be filed under "Things We Can't Believe Didn't Already Exist." Yesterday, iconic British footwear brand Dr. Martens, whose yellow stitching and rubber soles have adorned the feet of youth subcultures worldwide, released its first clothing and accessories line.
In keeping with the brand's utilitarian history, the pieces available from Dr. Martens' online store consist of modern basics for both men and women. The guys' line consists primarily of button-down shirts and crew-neck sweaters, with longer shirtdress styles available for women. No yellow stitching has yet made an appearance in the clothing line, which instead favours a muted colour palette with a lot of chambray and plaid.
The boots were first born after a German World War II doctor injured his foot skiing and found standard-issue army boots too uncomfortable on his injured foot. Interestingly the air-cushioned soles were first popular among housewives over the age of 40 before the yellow stitching was added and the footwear passed into the domain of skinheads and punks in the early '70s and late '80s.
Dr. Martens, Docs or DMs are now available in colours and styles that often seem contradictory to their pragmatic beginnings. High-heeled, floral and glitter versions come to mind, while the steel-capped toe and 20-eyelet ones make modern airline travel rather a hassle. The 3-Eye 1461s chosen for Dr. Martens clothing line images are more traditional yet still contemporary, evidenced by their recent popularity in fashion editorials. The timeless shirts and sweaters are sure to be a hit among housewives, hipsters and Oyster staff alike.
Words: Hannah Ongley