Doc Martens

Discussion in 'threads and dreads' started by Fingers, May 26, 2016.

  1. Fingers

    Fingers From Tuscany SE22

    My first pair lasted years. I have had this pair for 6 months and there is already a hole in the toe crease :mad: Has quality gone down the pan?

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  2. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    doc MARTENS :mad:

    if you are indeed wearing doc martins you've been ripped off
  3. Looby

    Looby Well-Known Member

    That happened to Mr Looby's last pair after 8 months and they exchanged them with no hassle at all.
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  4. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

    If your previous DMS were bought before 2003/4 then they were made in the UK. Since then they've all been made in China and the quality has suffered.

    EDIT: I see they now have a made in the UK "Vintage" line. £200 for 10-hole boots :(
    Last edited: May 26, 2016
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  5. moose

    moose like some cat from Japan

    You can buy Made in England ones, which are the old fantastic quality, but they cost around £200 for a pair of 1460s. :eek:

    The other reason they're not as sturdy is that people complained they were hard to break in, so the ones made in China and Thailand are made to a bigger last, and in softer leathers.
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  6. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    the quality hs dropped since they shifted production to the far east, although ime they've always had a tendency to go through at that point on the toe.
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  7. Fingers

    Fingers From Tuscany SE22

    Thanks all. I may take them back if I can find the receipt. They took a bit of a battering on the refugee camp when I first got the but still.... I would rather they took a load of breaking in and last.

    Anyone know how much the Made in England eight holers cost?
  8. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    try solovair
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  9. Miss-Shelf

    Miss-Shelf I've looked at life from both sides now

    Vegetarian shoes do airware soled alternatives for anyone looking for a vegan doc boot or shoe
  10. Lazy Llama

    Lazy Llama Suburban robots that monitor reality

    £195 - DR MARTENS VINTAGE 1460

    Used to wear DM shoes in the 80's and 90's. Bought a pair about 10 years ago and they ripped my heels to shreds.
    Bought some canvas ones a couple of months ago, hoping they'd be better. Blisters and blood on the heels again.
    I've been battering the heels and trying to wear them in but something about the inner heels has changed (or my feet have changed shape).
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  11. pinkmonkey

    pinkmonkey 2.4 hour party person

    buy the UK ones (yeah I know expensive but think of it as ethical and paying a living wage, we don't pay the true cost of what things cost to make). or look for work boots made in Poland or Romania, they have always been fantastically well made.
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  12. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    Solovair make the DM MIE range on license, I believe - so get Solovair if you're wanting a UK made doc as they're a little cheaper.
  13. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

  14. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    Yes. I was adding some information to your previous post
  15. Saffy

    Saffy Under the duvet..

    We've had to take my daughter's pair back twice now because the sole sticks together and makes a clicky noise as you walk. To be fair they've always swapped them for a new pair without any argument.
  16. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    My old doc marten Mary Janes now have a split sole and let in the rain. Bugger - didn't really want to have to buy new ones. Can't recall when I bought them - but very possibly pre 2004, all the ones I've tried on since don't seem to be as wide and I've got very wide feet. I'm really nerveous about buying some new ones but don't know what else to get instead.

    I've found this in the past too, I think they got deeper at the back. I got those padded heel things you stick inside your shoe under your heel - so your foot is higher up in the shoe and it doesnt rub your heel.
    Last edited: May 28, 2016
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  17. WouldBe

    WouldBe non smoking

    I got some solovair a couple of years ago. Not worn them much and the soles are coming off. :(
  18. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Every man and every woman is a star

    not had that problem. sorry to hear that, wouldbe
  19. Ming

    Ming Massive prawns

    I got UK Docks about 18 months ago and they've got a hole in exactly the same place :mad:! Army boots for me these days.
  20. S☼I

    S☼I already bored

    I bought some worn-once uk docs 2 years back from eBay, 100 quid, in fab Nick, but I do polish them once a week at least
  21. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. No matter where; of comfort no man speak..

    I got my first pair in 1971, my last pair in 2003, quality gone well down pan.
    Might treat myself to a pair of vintage1460s at some point, but until then there is this ditty.

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  22. Lazy Llama

    Lazy Llama Suburban robots that monitor reality

    "Retail for only 19 pounds and 99p".
    I wish!
  23. Orang Utan


    Ugliest shoes ever
  24. Sapphireblue

    Sapphireblue Well-Known Member

    mine also aggravate my inner heels and it seems to be getting worse. i was wondering if some new ones would fix it but i'm guessing that's a no from this thread. i always cover my heel with preventative plasters now when i wear them.
  25. WouldBe

    WouldBe non smoking

    Never had any problems like that before. The new docs are a lot softer than the old ones and take very little to break them in if at all.
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  26. Sapphireblue

    Sapphireblue Well-Known Member

    it's not a breaking in thing, they were fine initially.

    it's as if the inner heel is coming away from the rest of the boot, so it rubs within the back of the heel (not the top of the heel onto the leg)
  27. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    Breaking in the original DMs was Painful!!!!!
    But I've got to say that my now vintage floral pairs are the most comfortable walking shoes I've ever had. I tried out sketchers go walk and had knee pain withing 2 hours. Tested them again a week later and same knee problem.
    Went back to the old docs and I'm walking on air every day.

    The new ones are just not the same. They're tighter and the leather cracks. I got a pair of navy shimmer metallic ones about 4 months ago. They have sort of cracked and the metallic shimmer is gone in spots. Not pleased. They also are quite tough and were painful to break in so that I didn't wear them that much, yet the surface cracked anyway.

    I've always loved doc martens....I wore them to work years ago and was asked to.wear more suitable footwear. "I'm on my feet all day, these are the most comfortable shoes for me", said I. But I was told they didn't match the school view of what the teachers should wear. Grrr.

    Now, I wear them whenever I like. They make me 1 inch taller and I walk better in them. No problems in my knees and I'm not in pain standing for long periods of time.

    ...I think I went a bit off topic..:D
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  28. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    Er mah Gerd.

    Just spotted


    For St Patrick'sI day...
    Sold any size I could possibly
  29. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    I tried a pair on for the first time yesterday. Cherry Red was a bit full-on colour-wise for me but I liked the style. Being a bit taller and the ankle support was good too. Will have to be investing in some soon, I think.
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  30. bubblesmcgrath

    bubblesmcgrath Well-Known Member

    Go for it....what about oxblood? The colour, I mean...:)

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