21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
As a point of disclosure - I did not purchase my Docs through Amazon.
I purchased these boots about 3 years ago when they were fairly new to the US DM line-up. My impressions:
As some have mentioned they are no longer sporting the MADE IN ENGLAND verbiage on the soles. That is a slight bummer for me. The fit was perfect for me; sort of close to the familiar bouncy sole of days gone by; pretty flexible for a SC (Steel Cap) boot (these are ASTM rated); great color of brown that goes with a variety of work and casual wear (I wear mine with jeans more often than not).
Over the years the boots have weathered a bunch of wear and a little abuse and happily nothing negative to report: no sole separation, no premature wear, the SC is not popping out of the leather, etc.
Please look for my 'Before' and 'After' cleaning pictures at the top of this page.
54 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2008
If you work in a real environment that requires the DR.MArtin boot as a work boot please rethink your purchase. DR.Martin is flying solely on the name Dr. Martin. They are now made in china and Dr. Martin does not stand by their product. My husband is a welder/fitter at a power plant, the average work boot lasts him at least 6 months. Even a pair of Wal-Mart boots would last him longer than these! Having experience with DR. Martin I tried to urge my husband not to buy them. I had martin boots with padding before, within 2 months it ripped and worn thin. No surprise to me when the sole started coming apart at the bottom of the padding and the stitching ripped loose. Sure they were comfortable but they were very poorly made to be labeled as a work boot. No boot over 100.00 should fall apart 20 days after purchase.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2010
Ordered the size 12 boot after using a size 13 that stretched out too much. The size 12 arrived and was closer to a 10 1/2. Ordered a second pair in 14 and fits perfectly. Doc Marten boots seem to change their sizing standards over the past few years. Otherwise, after a month of hard use in the Arabian desert they still look like new with a splash of water in the sink.
They broke in quickly like all dpc marten boots and were form fitted after a couple days use. Never have had a blister or sore foot with these. I would use these at the gym and for running if I didn't look silly doing it. They are more comfortable and have more support than any gym shoe I have used.
For a long day trudging around a hot dusty yard, or hours driving a semi truck, or going on a trek thru the mountains, these are well worth it.
PS look for the made in UK doc martens, the leather and sewing is much better than the Chinese made ones. I think the UK made doc martens have the word "legacy" in the product description.
Update April 20.2011
Have used these boots since October 2010. 7 months. Stitching is coming out, the leather loop on the top has broke on one boot cause the stitching was faulty. The soles on both shoes are coming apart from the shoes. Insole wore out in a month, the inside of the heel where my foot meets the back of the boot has bulged out at the back and split the leather. The boots are no longer comfortable and springy.
Disappointed in the quality of Doc Marten. I had other pairs of doc martens shoes that lasted much much longer than this. This is the second pair of bad doc martens in a row. They used to be a good shoe when made in UK now just cheap Chinese junk.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2012
Very poor quality!
I have loved Docs for a long time but these are awful quality.
Styling, very cool looking, classic doc Marten sole.
Shipping and service was quick.
After wearing less than ten times the seam in the front of the left boot is coming apart. Not a little seperation, completely falling apart.
What the hell?!
The Dr. Marten shoes I've known and loved in the past were great quality, long lasting boots that were well worth the price. Apparently this is no longer the case! Most glaring difference that I am going to attribute the awful build quality to is the MADE IN CHINA tag, gone are the days of quality made in England I suppose.
VERY Very disappointed!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2013
This boot is horrible, if you are doing any actual work, in them. When I originally bought them, from Shoe Carnival, they were comfortable. Let's be honest, though, what shoes don't feel good, directly from the store? I had to return mine, originally, for another pair of the same size. The steel toe kept rubbing up against my big toe, on the left boot. I finally found a pair, that fit correctly, without any rubbing. Now, let's cover the cosmetic part. These boots are fantastic, from a fashion stand point. I love the way they look with a pair of boot-cut jeans. They even look good with khakis. If you are choosing them, for more of a casual apllication, then buy without remorse. Finally, we get to actual work performance, in the REAL world. I work, on a pure concrete floor, all day. Is the floor dirty? Yes. Am I exposed to caustic materials, that would cause premature sole degradation? No. Am I walking and moving all day? Yes. The first three months, I had these boots, I thought I was just getting used to the concrete. I would wake up in the mornings, barely able to walk, and sore from the knee down. After another two months, I broke down and bought some Dr. Sholes, to put in these boots. The kind where you stand on the machine, and it tells you what you need. Not cheap. This put my investment, in these boots, up to about $160.00. The inserts alleviated the problem, but only for a couple of months. I bought the boots, in July, last year. Why I lived with the pain, this long, I couldn't tell you. I had higher hopes for these boots, at the beginning, and was highly dissapointed. I finally retired these boots, today, when I received my new pair of steel toe KEENS, for Christmas. I do have higher hopes, for the KEENS. I have many other pairs of KEENS, for different purposes, and love them all. Ultimately, The Doc Martens suck, for real work, but excel from casual standpoint. I'm going to try to get some pics up, of what became of my boots.
32 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2007
Doc Martens now come from China?!? What happened to the company pride of manufacturing in England? They definitely compromised quality for a cheaper make. The insoles no longer provide comfort and support. The leather is less supple. Also the sizes are a bit different, so obviously they have different tooling (China-made probably). What a disappointment!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2011
I was reluctant to buy foot ware on line, but retailers don't sell pull on type work boots in my area so I decided to take a chance with Dr. Martens as they were once known for comfort and quality. After receiving a pair of shoes which in no way resembled what I ordered the boots that I did order finally arrived about a month after I placed my order. I should have returned them immediately because the right boot was slightly smaller than the left, but because it was such a hassle getting them and because boots have to be "broken in," I decided to keep them. Now I own a pair of nice looking Wellingtons that I cannot wear for more than an hour before my feet start seriously hurting. Nice work boots if you only work an hour a day. I am back to wearing my 10 year old Chippewas which are still comfortable and give good arch support.
Update: Though I had problems with these boots, they turned out to THE BEST WORK BOOTS I HAVE EVER OWNED. They took longer to break in, but ultimately they are tough, comfortable and still look good. Even though one is slightly smaller than the other, they are still superior. I once worked in a boot factory and I believe that the right foot was formed around a last that was a half size too small. It happens. I plan to buy another pair from the same vendor.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2012
I have now owned these boots for over a year and a half with alot of abuse and use. I work in a warehouse that requires steel toes and I bang and beat these up on a daily basis with no problems. I have back problems and standing for to long causes me pain, these boots help to prolong that with the cushioned soles. I also use these for riding my Harley and they are perfect for that. I was worried that the sole of the boot would wear out fast with using them on the bike, but nope, not a problem there either after over a year of hard riding there is still alot of rubber left on the bottoms. Very comforteable, very dureable, nice looking.
I have owned several DMs over the years and even though these are made in China now (the reason for 4 stars and not 5), they are still great boots. I highly recommend them.
I am ordering another set only cause I want a black pair also cause I have the brown ones now.