Discover the Hardware collection, available from January 2019 at Dr. Martens in Broadmead.
For SS19 Dr. Martens is delving further into its counter-culture heritage and repurposing hardware elements for a modern audience. Hardware encompasses everything from buckles and zips to straps and rivets and is, by its very nature, subversive. In streetwear, alternative tribes are fusing over-the-top harnesses and fastenings with more contemporary, urban elements.
They say: “Hardware feels very modern which is why we’re exploring it in so much of our footwear.”
There’s the 8-eye Caspian boot, crafted from smooth leather and featuring an in-your-face double-buckle strap and thick sole. The shorter-rise Sinclair with its exaggerated, chunky Quad Retro sole. And the uniquely-silhouetted Caraya shoe complete with ribbon laces, D-ring details and black welt-stitch. These arresting Docs blend a staggering number of influences – from rocker to punk to gothic – and bring it all together in a fresh new take.
All their Hardware footwear bears all the DNA of Dr. Martens durability – from the Goodyear welt and iconic stitching to the tough-as-boots leather. This is rugged hardware for the customising generation.
The first pair of Dr. Martens boots rolled off the production line of 1 April 1960. With its trademark yellow stitch, grooved sole and heel-loop, it was a boot for workers, initially worn by postmen and policemen; comfortable, durable and lightweight in comparison to its competitors at the time.
Throughout Dr. Martens history, the brand has been adopted and subverted by diverse individuals, musicians, youth cultures and tribes. These are the people who stand out from the crowd and their journey of self-expression has always been accompanied by a pair of DM’s.
The simple silhouette allows people to customise each pair; while on a utilitarian level their famous durability and comfort make them ideal footwear for the world of gigs and street fashion. On an emotional level, they are a flag of attitude and empowerment.
The Northamptonshire factory where it all began still exists to this day, in the village of Wollaston. A specific range of ‘Made in England’ products are manufactured here by a small, close-knit team of people schooled in traditional shoe-making and the unique process that makes Dr. Martens like no other shoe on earth.