44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2014
I've had a love-hate relationship with my Docs up until recently:
Hate: the price.
Love: the way they looked and that there were multiple lace options!
Hate: the blisters. I used neatsfoot oil, shoved in whatever I could find to stretch them out overnight - nothing was working.
Love: that I could stomp all over Arizona and not worry so much about snakes, cacti and thorns.
Hate: the blisters. Seriously, WHEN WILL THE TORTURE END?
Then one day I crashed my motorcycle. My Docs now have roadrash up the sides and over the toecaps. The road chewed through the laces. Friction melted some of the rubber on the soles. My foot and ankle: totally protected - no burns, no broken skin. Absolutely no holes in the leather of my Docs. Some of the stitching got chewed through, but a lot of the shoe is triple stitched, so I can afford to lose a row - these boots won't just fall apart. I've since replaced my laces with paracord.
I continue to subject them to daily riding. They're FINALLY broken in, but even if they weren't and still gave me blisters, they're my riding boots from now on! They stood up to 450lbs of hot metal - they deserve a permanent spot in my closet.
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2012
These boots are awesome, I can't say enough about them. They do require some breaking in, especially in the heel area, where it feels like it will rub your ankle raw in a few steps. I wore them 5 hours one day, followed by a nine hour shift at work (standing the whole time), both times with 2pairs of socks, to protect my feet and ankles. They are now fully broken in and feel great, although they do expand and get slightly larger than they start out. The calf area also expands, so even though they weren't a great fit at first there, they work great now. I have never had a pair of non-sneakers that I could wear standing or walking in all day. These are fine, I could walk in the city all day long, stand for a 12 hour shift, anything. These boots feel solid and comfortable, as if they were custom made for me. Buy them, you'll love them. I got these four days ago and I still get excited every time I look at them.
37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2014
I bought Dr. Martens because of their reputation for long lasting quality. These were an investment. Wore them for the first time yesterday (FIRST TIME) and the leather around the inside heel began cracking and separating when I was taking them off last night. Unbelievable!! The leather is so thin, it could not withstand stretching for me to remove the boot (see photo) So hugely disappointing, as I was expecting to wear these all winter. And I am past the return window date so I am stuck with them.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2013
This is my first pair of Doc Martens; I wasn't sure if I would like them or if they would be too clunky-looking, like many others I've seen. But actually, this style is pretty graceful for a combat boot! The height helps, I think; the silhouette is fairly slim, too. I like the "cherry red" color, and the flowered lining is fun.
For me, the boots were fairly comfortable, right out of the box-- if anything, they fit a little loose. I am an 8 1/2 B, ordinarily, with 14" calves; I ordered the 8, and am glad I did. Maybe a 7 would have worked, but I I would rather have room for thick socks, and not have to suffer a long "breaking-in" period. I wore them for several hours the first day with no problem, and took them on a several-hours hike the next time. On the hike, I felt a little soreness in the bottom of one foot by the very end of the day, but it was mild, and I'm used to fitflops, which kind of spoils me, I think.
After reading a bunch of reviews and articles, I decided to use mink oil for waterproofing the boots, and to skip the Wonder Balsam... thus saving about $7. I did notice that prior to waterproofing, the boots got scuffed very easily, and also absorbed any water that fell on them... I'm not too impressed with the Wonder Balsam, at this point! But if you like that powdery, antiqued look... well, from what I've read, the beeswax in the Wonderbalsam is what creates that.
The boots seem to be well-made, for the most part. Only exceptions are the little leather loops (one on each of the tongues), that the laces are supposed to go through to keep the tongue from sliding around. There were just a couple stitches holding them in place, and one of the loops stopped being a loop after the second day. Not a huge deal. Probably they could be glued or re-sewn... or ignored. A non-essential item, overall.
I do find the boots take quite awhile to put on and off, especially at first... but I'm getting better at it now. The trick seems to be to unlace them four or five holes, then loosen the rest of the lacing as much as possible, spreading the looseness all the way down to near the first set of holes. If I do that, I can pull the boots on and off fairly easily, and then the tightening-up and relacing the four or five holes doesn't take all that long. So far, I've only used the ribbon laces; they're cool looking! (But my cats LOVE the spare "regulation" laces that were included! They're super-long, and very sturdy! :)
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2013
I so wanted to love this boot. It looks amazing and the exterior is well made, but as soon as I put it on I knew I had to return it. For one, it was way too big. I wasn't all together surprised as the sizing information provided was confusing. The description said "Women's Triumph 1914 Boot 5 M UK (7M US). Did the "M" in the description stand for Medium width or Men's size? I normally wear a 7, but the boot that arrived was substantially bigger. Also, the interior of the boot was very rough. The exposed seams created an immediate rub point at the back of the ankle. As cool as these boots looked, I didn't bother to reorder a size down due to the uncomfortable interior.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 17, 2015
I was hesitant when ordering them because I read so many negative reviews on quality and color. And especially breaking them in. The quality came and looks exactly like it did online. The color came in black as described. The toe and heel are a little darker than the rest of the boot, but I think it makes them look better. I had no problem breaking them in. I honestly didn't even have to because they never hurt or felt off. They fit just a bit big on me (I wear US7-1/2, ordered US7)but other than that, no problems what so ever. I would definitely recommend!
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2012
I just received these boots as a gift two days ago. They fit like a dream so far, and I expect them to get more comfortable as I wear them. They pinch a bit around the instep and around my calf (because I have large calves and like to wear pants tucked into them). I've read that the leather shifts and expands, so they should fit like comfy gloves after some wearing in.
I love how they look. I thought the foot part might be large and clunky and not very feminine, but the seam style and general design doesn't make them look overly large, and because they fit so well, I don't clomp around like in my heavier motorcycle boots. They're decently light but heavy enough to feel solid. I look forward to a long and happy relationship with these boots. :>
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2015
I now own three pairs of these boots. I LOVE them :)
Below is the a picture of my three pairs of boots. The ones on the left are the first pair I ever bought. (the ones in the middle are my new ones, also Cherry)
They ARE the Cherry boots. I wear them every day to work, weather permitting (summer + Boots = too hot!) The reason why they are not 'Cherry' coloured anymore is because I work for a courier company, and we have 13 Courier vans, most of which are Diesel, which means Diesel dust. I clean them every month or two, with Leather Saddle cleaner I got from the local saddlery warehouse shop. I should probably do it more often, but I usually just do it when I think they look really dirty or the leather looks too dry. By 'Cleaning' I mean 'getting as much Diesel Dust off as I can' - let me be clear I have never been able to get these back to the original Cherry colour, but I like them as they are. They look like Antique Steampunk Victorian Biker boots now, and I get a lot of comments about the colour. No one seems to really understand that the current colour is not the original, so it looks really natural.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2012
These boots are a teensy tiny bit darker than the image displayed (less of a vibrant red) but are so ridiculously cute.
They already feel/look a bit worn (in a good way) in the effect of being very comfortable, the leather of the boot is pliable and in general they are just amazing.
I wish the ribbon laces were just a teensy bit longer though. I wore mine laced up with three of the top grommets empty and the bows are small now. Might grab some longer laces for when I'm not wearing them folded down.
The ribbon laces themselves are a very beautiful chocolate colour though. Basically these are an awesome purchase!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 16, 2015
I worried these boots wouldn't work with my body type, and it's hard finding photos of anyone who looks like me wearing them. I'm really happy with them and I've attached photos for anyone having a hard time imagining them on.
They're really comfortable and feel very well made. The ribbon laces make them look a little dressier. They also came with regular laces. I'm usually a 10.5-11 and I ordered a 10, and they fit perfectly. I have high arches and always have a hard time finding comfortable shoes, and I can already tell these are going to be great for me.