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Pulling from over half a century of shoe-making expertise and craftsmanship, the Dr. Martens industrial footwear collection delivers footwear for workers around the world who demand the ultimate protection.

For this technical footwear category, form follows function with collections that reinforce the brand’s tradition, values and iconic DNA.

Challenging the perceptions of safety footwear, DM’s Lite has been engineered to provide lightweight comfort without compromising on functionality, performance or durability.

About Dr. Martens

The first pair of Dr. Martens 1460 boots rolled off the production line on the 1st April, 1960 and immediately found a home on the feet of working Britain. The Northamptonshire family company behind the boot had already been making high quality industrial footwear for many decades. Soldiers, factory workers and even farmers have all relied on the Griggs family quality work-wear, which was known for utilising all the long-standing skills of the English footwear trade.

Post war footwear for the working population was sturdy, but highly uncomfortable, often using leather and even wooden soles. Then in 1940, two Germans – Dr. Maertens and Dr. Funck, re-invented the work-wear boot and shoe altogether, together creating a then revolutionary, air-cushioned sole. Back in Northampton-shire, Bill Griggs acquired the exclusive license to produce the German sole, and paired this invention with his own family’s expertise in shoe making. Not only was the resulting new 1460 boot extremely comfortable, it was resistant to petrol, fat, acid, alkali and oil.

This unique air-cushioned sole, combined with the durable new upper of the boot, proved fit for purpose across a huge number of occupations within working class Britain. The boot was soon complimented by the air-cushioned 1461 shoe, and both proved to be the ideal choice for a population grafting long, hard hours in factories and industry.

To the German doctors and Bill Griggs, it was no longer acceptable that a work boot or shoe should be uncomfortable. The well-known durability and long life of the footwear further increased the appeal to the working man and woman, who were keen to wear strong yet comfortable; and affordable, footwear.

Dr. Martens continue to uphold these values and traditions in every shoe that is built. The brand draws from generations of footwear development expertise to design and engineer innovative, market leading, reliable technical products that push the boundaries of lightweight, flexible comfort without sacrificing durability or work site protection.

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