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5.0 out of 5 stars Doc Martens - still reliable, made in China or not, March 26, 2011
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I have been wearing Doc Martens for 25 years, all sorts of different designs; I currently have 11 pair in various incarnations and ages.

There is a lot of concern because most Docs are now made in China instead of England. The past pair of 8053s I bought was about 10 years ago and last year they finally gave out after a LOT of wear and abuse, though up until they literally fell apart they were still the most comfortable shoes I had. They were also 8053s made in England.

This pair is made in China, but is every bit as comfortable as my long-lasting pair right out of the box. I wore them for a day, and they felt broken in after just an hour.

The bottom tread is a bit different from the Old England to the New China, but it's a trivial difference. The wear is what matters.

I have hopes for the durability of these new 8053s, and though time will tell it certainly seems off to a great start.
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Initial post: Feb 21, 2013 2:08:08 PM PST
F. Francisco says:
I used to use Doc Marteens 20 years ago, and love them... but stoped using them.. about 7 or 8 years ago, I saw one in the store and bought them after 3 hours, they where made in CHINA... and they destroyed the part where my upper heel touches the shoe.. I thought it was the sock. i let time pass, before i try them again, this time with a thick sock and again I finished with a bloody sock and gash on the back of the heel, i stop using them, until I put a Shoe heel lift, and it kind of worked, but still the leather was stiff.

I swore never to used them until.. last moth, I was in a discount store, when I saw a pair of Doc Marteens, model 11191- for 35 dollars made ​​in Vietnam and bought. the only think that I can saw it's a big difference between these docs made in vietnam and the ones made in china...

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 10:30:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 28, 2013 10:40:02 AM PDT
short says:
I also had an English-made pair of 8053s that were 11 years ago. They looked bad, but functionally were still great. 80% of the tread was still there. My pair of Chinese made 8053s wore a flat spot on the ball of the foot in 1 year :(. Also my 11 yr old pair had the original shoe laces. These disintegrated and ripped in 1 year.
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