Dr. Martens air-cushioned sole, designed by German inventor, Klaus Maertens, was the result of practical thinking; it was designed to meet the specific need of providing additional support and comfort for a broken foot.
The Dr. Martens boot, manufactured by R Griggs and Co, British boot makers, with its trademark yellow stitch, grooved sole and heel-loop, was a boot for workers; comfortable, durable and lightweight in comparison to its competitors at the time.
Initially worn by postmen, policemen and everyday workers, the boots were adopted, customised and used as a tribal emblem by successive subcultures, decade after decade. The 1460 became an immediately recognisable, UK product classic.
The brand is still a family owned business; it is operating from the same location in Northamptonshire, England where the Griggs family first started their shoe manufacturing business in 1901. Dr. Martens also have a creative studio in London, offices in USA and Asia, and an extensive global distribution network.