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January 13, 2016  | News

Barker History

One of our main suppliers is Barker, with whom we have done business for years and whose innovative shoe designs continue to inspire us.

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November 24, 2015  | News

Dr Martens – A History of Self-Expression – Part 5

As the 1960s progressed, the buyers of the Dr Martens products, originally exclusively working-class men, began to change. Probably the first public figure to wear Dr Martens was Tony Benn, socialist MP and champion of leftist issues. He could sometimes be seen at CND marches in a cloth button-down shirt, grey suit and black 1461 shoes. In later years, this style was copied across the political spectrum, but especially by left-leaning figures such as Trotskyist lecturers and the like, possibly as a sign of solidarity with the working-class that they campaigned for.

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November 23, 2015  | News

Dr Martens – A History of Self-Expression – Part 4

With the licence to manufacture the air-cushioned sole invented by Maertens and Funck acquired, Griggs set about arranging actual production itself. The plan was to place the sole onto a solid, simple black working man’s boot in which the Griggs Company already specialised.

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November 21, 2015  | News

Dr Martens – A History of Self-Expression – Part 3

While Herbert Funck was at university, he had been asked to preserve academic books from the university’s library from bombing. To this end, he found a small, nondescript shack on the edge of a peat lake. Correctly surmising that this structure was an unlikely target for Allied bombing raids, he deposited the university’s books there and they survived the war unharmed. The shack would later be called the “Funck shed”. 

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November 20, 2015  | News

Dr Martens – A History of Self-Expression – Part 2

Upon arriving in Munich, having travelled all across Allied-occupied Germany, Maertens bumped into an old university friend, one Dr Herbert Funck. Funck was a Luxembourg-born German whose father was a senior figure in the early chemical industry in Germany. Funck himself was a doctor of engineering and a pioneer in the evolving field of plastics.

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November 17, 2015  | News

Dr Martens – A History of Self-Expression – Part 1

The 60s were a time of radical social, cultural and political turmoil and change. Along with this came a wave of new fashions which, only years before, would have been considered unbelievably outlandish.

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