Boots made by the Griggs family in the English Midlands village of Wollaston, Northamptonshire since 1901.
On April 1, 1960, at Wollaston, England, the first boot entered the world. In the six decades since, Dr. Martens has proven its unparalleled appeal and ability to undergird trends by being ubiquitous amongst people of all ages and backgrounds.
In Wollaston, in the Wellingborough region of Northamptonshire, England, lies the headquarters of the British footwear and clothing company Martens, popularly known as Doc Martens, Docs, or DMs. Over forty percent of sales come from variations on the classic 1460 boot, which is easily recognizable because to its signature yellow welt stitch, grooved sole, and black and yellow heel loop.
The company’s name is still as current as ever. Those that value unwavering quality and longevity continue to accept it as a means of self-expression through clothing. Postmen and factory workers in the UK popularized Dr. Martens when they were a low-cost, two-pound work boot. In time, skinheads and Pete Townshend of The Who took up the style. As a representation of his own working class pride and defiance, he made history by being the first prominent person to wear them.