For generations, the young and young at heart have been dedicated to Dr. Martens, an iconic English footwear brand that traces its beginnings to 1945, when Dr. Klaus Maertens injured his foot while skiing in the Bavarian Alps.
During his painful convalescence, he came up with an idea for footwear that would provide added comfort and support. He and a friend, Dr. Herbert Funck, developed the concept, and it wasn't long before they unveiled the world's first heat-sealed, air-cushioned footwear sole.
In the late 1950s, English shoe manufacturer R. Griggs & Co. acquired the global rights to the revolutionary sole, renaming it "AirWair." On the 1st of April, 1960, the classic Dr. Martens 1460 boot debuted, and was embraced by mailmen, policemen and factory workers before being adopted by subculture youth as a working-class emblem.
Whether occupational or strictly for fashion, scores of Dr. Martens boots, shoes and sandals for men, women and children are introduced annually, but there's no doubt that the "Docs" signature ankle boot will live forever.