On the Street: Doc Martens, Redux

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I took these two photographs during my commute one morning last week. I could easily take several similar photos during every morning and evening commute, as well as at my office, to make this obvious point: classic Dr. Marten AirWair boots are back (again). I supposed it’s been a while since their last revival. I’m not sure what exactly prompted this latest wave, but a whole new generation of girls has suddenly embraced them this spring.

These two young women were waiting for a crosstown bus in their purple and oxblood Docs.

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I spotted this girl wearing basic black Docs on the subway. The fact that she was reading Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, published in 1988, gave me even more of a flashback to my own Doc-wearing days of the late 1980s and early 1990s. At the time, I felt rebellious. I wore them with black leggings and black sweaters and floral print Betsey Johnson miniskirts, or with vintage dresses and cardigans. Then grunge hit the mainstream, and Docs didn’t seem so edgy anymore, so I phased them out of my wardrobe (although I kept the sweaters and dresses).

I wonder where people buy Docs in NYC these days, now that so many independent shoe stores and clothing boutiques have closed. I used to shop on West 8th Street; my college roommate favored 99X.

Have you ever worn Docs? Have you seen them around lately, wherever you live?

Photos by Tinsel Creation.

Passing Fancies: April 2014


As I write this post, a steady April shower is falling on New York.

Reading: MaddAddam by Margaret Atwood

Video: The new (and final?) season of Mad Men. I also finally got around to watching Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.

Audio: For some reason I’ve been on an Elliott Smith kick lately.

Eats & Treats: KIND bars, especially Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt & Nuts and Dark Chocolate, Cherry & Cashew

Drinks: Ginger tea

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