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- Synthetic sole
- Shaft measures approximately 6" from arch
- Heel measures approximately 1"
- Boot opening measures approximately 9.5" around
- Goodyear welt stitching
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Chelsea Boot. Polished smooth leather. Elastic gusset. Pin dot lining. These boots are heat-sealed then stitched. Plain Welted sole - no visible construction thread. Lower profile sole. A twist on the classic Dr. Martens leather: durable, with a smooth and polished finish.
Dr. Martens is the stuff of legends. It all began near Munich, Germany in 1945 when Dr. Klaus Maertens injured his foot in a skiing accident in the Bavarian Alps. To make walking easier during the healing process, he designed a shoe with an air-cushioned sole. Using old rubber tires, he constructed soles that had air trapped within closed compartments. He showed his prototype to his engineer/inventor friend, Dr. Herbert Funck, and together they decided to develop and produce the shoes. Not only did the shoe solve the doctor's immediate problem, but it also started to sell well in Germany. By 1959 the two decided that they needed a company to produce and distribute the shoes, then called Dr. Maertens, in other parts of the world. At first, many manufacturers rejected the concept of an air cushioned sole as a short-lived gimmick. However, the R. Griggs Group, located in the village of Wollaston in England, decided to go along with the idea by creating the first work boot with the revolutionary sole. On the first of April 1960, the first cherry red eight-eyelet work boot was produced and named 1460. To sell the brand name better in England, the name was anglicized to Dr. Martens. The range was branded AirWair and the rest is history.
- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B0073ZX3Z4
- Item model number: R14649001
- Date first available at Amazon.com: July 20, 2012
- Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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These boots have plenty of width in the toe-box and did not require any break-in period. The heel does slip when walking, but not so much as to be either uncomfortable or sloppy. I wear these shoes almost daily (except in summer months) and walk about 4 miles a day in them. The sole has been shockingly resilient to this abuse and has toughed out salty sidewalks, snow, and rain with only a little loss of tread at the heel. The elastic panels have held up perfectly and retain the same stretch and recovery as when I purchased them. Wear is mostly evident in the color of the leather, which has burnished over time – particularly where I scuff my heels when walking. I quite like the way they've weathered, but it does make the boots more casual looking.
After 16 months with no maintenance care, the boots have developed a small crack where my toes bend. I suspect this is due to the salty sidewalks I mentioned above, especially as the boots have been of great quality otherwise. I will be buying another pair of Floras once these really wear out and will be sure to put some mink oil on them at regular intervals.
ETA: The squeaking hasn't stopped, and these got scratched up a bit after a night of dancing. It was easy to cover up with shoe dye, but still disappointing after only owning for a few months. I do get compliments on these often, and I like the style + comfort so I'll continue to wear them. Just wish these were better quality.
I wear a women's 9-9.5 and bought the size 7 in these, which were perfect even after adding a sneaker insole AND my rigid plastic orthotics.