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  • Dr. Martens is a footwear, clothing and accessories brand, and the footwear products are most often known as Doc Martens, Docs or DMs. The footwear is distinct because of its air-cushioned sole (dubbed Bouncing Soles), developed by Dr. Klaus Märtens of Germany.


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Dr Martens boots, London 1976

Dr Martens boots, London 1976
© photo by Paul Wright

Another photograph of my friends Chris (left) and Keith taken in early 1976. Chris is wearing a Ben Sherman shirt and rolled-up trousers to show off his Dr Martens boots. Keith is wearing high waist Oxford bags trousers, a patterned wide-collar shirt, white cardigan and platform shoes.

There were many cross-over fashions during the 1970s. Oxford bags trousers were made fashionable by Soul Boys who danced to Northern Soul and later to disco music when disco first came on the scene. But by ’76 Oxford bags were just as popular on the High Streets as they had been in the clubs.

Dr Martens boots (or DMs as they were usually referred to) were the footwear of choice for skinheads in 1969 and into the early 70s. DMs were comfortable to wear and lasted longer than any shoes so they soon became popular among young working-class boys. By the mid 70s DMs were standard footwear.

British Boot Company, Camden

British Boot Company, Camden
Yeah, I know we all have pix of this, but I don’t think you can have too many now it’s under threat…