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.


5 thoughts on “On the Street: Doc Martens, Redux

  1. Hi i have worn docs and i wear them since the early 90ties. I think its funny that they’ve got such a immense revival. I think they are timeless and look good on some girls they look cute.
    I like them and my favorite pair is the one from the early ninties. ;-)

  2. I know they are generally beloved by women of my cohort, but I never liked them and I never wore them. My mom used to (disdainfully) use the word “clodhoppers” to describe bulky shoes of that sort. I guess it stuck to me.

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