Back when I was a vaguely alternative sixteen year old, too shy to actually buy items of clothing involving black lace and wear them, several of my vaguely alternative (although at least one actually identified as punk) sixth-form friends had Dr Martens, and I was jealous.
I had a pair of boots. They were very plain, square-toed, but still quite sleek, and from Nine West. They were about £60 in a sale, and after a lot of pleading I got my parents to buy them for my (fifteenth?) birthday. I loved them. I still have them somewhere but the sole is now so thin my feet get sore really quickly. I’m not convinced resoling will solve the issue, I think they’ve worn out both sides, and I don’t think I can get an insole in as they’re size eights that I wore as my feet grew so they stretched – just enough to fit me. I can’t bear to throw them out though – they were my Buffy boots; in them I felt like I could slay vampires and save the world. I wore them to music lessons, to school in Year 12, and even just around the house if I felt like it. And they gave me my first taste of Life in Boots.
Back to the Docs.I was desperate to get a pair for my seventeenth birthday. So off we trooped to Camden market on a Sunday afternoon. I looked around several stalls, but it was in the British Boot Company store that I found the loves of my boot-wearing life. 14-holes, zips, and most importantly, purple.
Whew! They were expensive though. £120. Worth every penny. Worth twice that. At least. I have worn them so many times I’m now scared that I’ll wear them out. And by scared, I mean terrified. I love these boots – I still have the box inside my wardrobe, seriously – and they don’t sell them any more.
Which is where the black 10-holes come in. They were originally my sister’s, but she stopped wearing them, and a couple of years back I persuaded her to let me wear them as my everyday boots. They’re nowhere near as comfortable as the purple beauties, because they’re made out of the thicker normal leather (the 14-holes are thinner leather because of the zips, hence the fear), and I’m sure they’re factory seconds because the tongue doesn’t seem to have been sewn on right. They came from a stall in Camden. They do have one advantage over the other pairs though – they look good with skirts, they’re just the right length.
When I saw the flock dot Pascals online I started flapping my hands Mini-Skins style and hyperventilating. I love polka dots. I love purple. I love that there is no yellow stitching, it’s dark lilac on the leather, and black on the soles. Even the tag has the same purple on it! Adorable! I had wanted another pair of Docs for a long while, plus I had some money from doing surveys online to spend. I bought these from the official Dr Martens website. There are a couple of places offering them for slightly cheaper, but only the official website had size nine available.
I was really impressed with the delivery company, DPD, because they let me choose the delivery date from a list, and then sent me a text message to give me an hour window within which they would arrive. Wonderful. When they arrived I was totally thrilled to find that they fit fine, and the leather is so soft they require no breaking in. The only problem is the combination of leather and flocked dots, I’m not sure how to polish them, but I guess I’ll work it out. Now for the scandal: I’ve had them a few months now, but I haven’t worn them yet! First I didn’t have any waterproofing spray, then it was summer. But autumn is coming, perfect boot weather. Yay!
I used to see Docs as a sort of compromise; what I really wanted was some big ol’ New Rocks. But I don’t see myself graduating from the Dr Martens phase any time soon. I’ve yet to see a pair of New Rocks in a bricks-and-mortar shop, available to try on, that are, um, calm enough for my tastes. I don’t want buckle overload, and I’ve always felt quite strongly about this. The only thing that’s changed since my vaguely-alt teen days is that I’ve stopped looking. Dr Martens have run away with my heart.
Although it’s technically the second of September, this post was written for the lovely VictorianKitty’s monthly theme. I voted for this theme over black and purple – that’s how obsessed with these boots I am.
Make sure you check out her post to see some of those buckly New Rocks I shy away from, but she looks great in. Is there nothing this woman can’t pull off? She even looks good with her hair in double buns. WTF.
The Obscurialist also loves Docs. GothBarbie has the Darcies, which I have yet to make my mind up about, as I haven’t seen any in real life. Le Professeur Gothique has some floral print docs, I’ve been tempted by the floral print ranges a few times (also by the pink and black lace pair, happily for my bank balance, they never have my size). Ghoulina Bones has a fantastic electric blue pair.
I am now lusting over all the boots in Electrobat’s post, especially the Fluevogs. Oh, Fluevogs. So beautiful. So unattainable. See also the purple boots worn by Trystan L. Bass. Yes, I’ll admit, part of me is finding this theme almost painful, and is wondering why on earth I voted for it!
Ghoulina BonesSeptember 2, 2011 at 11:14 pm
I love those purple ones!
VictorianKitty (Sophistique Noir)September 3, 2011 at 1:16 am
Well, your Docs could have worked for the Purple theme, too. 😉 But no worries; Boots was a big hit, and we *will* be doing purple at some point, most definitely!
OMG, I love the 14-hole purple ones so much. Docs are always a great, classic alt boot. New Rocks are cool and all, but often they are just too much. And they are a huge investment, which means commitment. I tend to grow tired of clothing items after several wearings, so I don't think I've gotten my money's worth out of mine!
I'm very much looking forward to seeing how you style the polka dot boots. They are so cute!!
PS: Thank you for your sweet words about my post. 🙂 That made my day!
nevinaSeptember 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm
Doc Martens are something I've lusted after for a long long time. While I was studying in Melbourne I really had to restrain myself from buying a plain pair of black ones, because on a student budget one can't really afford such indulgences!
Though I do have a pair of steel-capped boots from Underground – grey with a black spider web pattern, always a crowd favourite. They're a bit useless to me now that I'm in Malaysia, but they were great for rainy days in Melbourne.
I hope to make some Docs part of my life at some point in the future. By hook or by crook!
linnea-mariaSeptember 3, 2011 at 6:56 pm
Oh love those polkadotted Docs!!
Thanks for your comment on my blog, but there is no green ones 🙂 They're black. It might be the reflexion from the green grass.
Orillia & PandoraSeptember 8, 2011 at 4:43 am
Docs are fabulous, i love them and like you said they make me feel like a vampire slayer :)actually all boots kind of make me feel like that.. Oh and those purple docs are amazing!
JulianneSeptember 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm
Ghoulina – Thanks! Me too (obviously, can I say it enough?)
VK – You're welcome! I'm looking forward to the purple theme enormously. Though to be honest, it's pretty much the theme for my life most days! I am really excited about styling the polka dot pair too, and I get what you mean about New Rocks, they are such a statement boot, it could be difficult to work outfits around them, whereas DMs are fairly flexible that way.
Nevina – They are definitely worth saving up and investing in. I've been wearing those purple Docs for seven years now and they're still going strong.
linnea-maria – Ooops! I think it is the reflection from the grass now you say it. Well, the second pair is what I meant, anyway!
Orillia & Pandora – boots are fabulous for making one feel like a superhero! The bigger the better! Thanks!
siouxsielOctober 3, 2011 at 3:27 am
The purple 14-hole boots are amazing.
siouxsielOctober 3, 2011 at 3:28 am
The purple 14-hole boots are amazing.