Choose your subcultural style with Dr Martens shoes

Posted: 14/06/2019 @ 09:37AM

Dr Martens is a shoe brand that rose to prominence in England in the 1960s. They started from humble beginnings between a partnership with Dr Klaus Maertens and Dr Herbert funk, in Germany after the Second World War, that resulted in the creation of a unique air-cushioned sole. Advertising their unique invention in a magazine, Billy Griggs a footwear manufacturer in Northamptonshire, was interested in their AirWair soles and they went into partnership. By the 1960s, these boots with the cushion soles were finally on sale to the public and then mostly worn by factory workers and postmen. Due to notoriety and the era, they became a staple for the subcultural youth, being worn by Pete Townshend from the Who first.
Never one for doing things conventionally, Dr Martens is now a footwear pioneer. Psychobillies, Rockabillies, Mods, Punks and Goths have all adopted Dr Martens shoes as their standard footwear.
This guide shows you how to build subcultural outfits around a humble pair of Dr Martens. You’ll be surprised at how many different styles of fashion you can make out of just one brand!




Get that Rock ‘N Roll edge with these Patch Dr Martens 1460 boots. Add a sweet 50s style dress like the Dolores Doll Dress from Collectif, these tasty cherry earrings from Louche and the Save Your Pennies purse from Paper Planes and you have a fab vintage look styled with Dr Martens.





Get ready to join the wrecking crew with these creeptastic Willis creepers from Dr Martens. Wear your Wednesday Collectif cat pencil dress for that cool Halloween vibe and add the Irregular Choice Love birds bag and purse for a creepy cute ensemble. The Betty Jones Traffic People leopard print jacket is a must wear from that psychobilly style. Don’t have a psychobilly freak out, just wear these awesome Dr Martens!


Indulge in the dark side with these elegant Rose Fantasy and Vonda boots from Dr Martens. Wear with the appropriately named Morticia dress from Collectif and the fluffy Laila coat, perfect for a gothic romance. Now you're ready to get spooky!




Sweet and sassy, these Mary Jane shoes from Dr Martens are perfect for adding to your mod wardrobe. Coupled with the Trip to Paris Mademoiselle Yeye dress, the Emily & Fin retro coat, Pamela Mann white tights and a Beatles letter purse from Disaster Designs, makes for an ideal women’s 1960's inspired ensemble.

90s Grunge:



Show off your super rad 90’s style featuring the Dr Martens X Rick Griffin eye boots. Pair these awesome boots with an old band tee like the Worn Free Pink Floyd tee, Levi’s 502 regular taper jeans in Adriatic Adapt and the French Connection flannel shirt that can be worn over the tee. Finish the look off with the Eastpak Out of Office backpack for that retro skate style.

Rock ‘N Roll:



Show off your ultimate Rock ‘N Roll style with these awesome Ramsey Chukka Dr Martens creepers. Part chukka boot – part creeper – all attitude. The Levi’s 527 slim boot cut jeans, Barstow Levi's check western shirt and the Pretty Green leather biker jacket make for a fab rock combo with the Dr Martens creepers. Nothing says cool like a leather jacket and creepers! Add the Out of Office Eastpak check backpack for a cool way to carry your things!



These classic cherry red smooth Dr Martens boots are the perfect boots to build a Mod outfit on. Wear your Levi’s 511 slim fit zebroid adapt jeans with your Ben Sherman Archive check shirt and add red Madcap braces over the top for that ska touch. A Baracuta Harrington and Eastpak bag finish off the look.

Teddy Boy:


Last but not least, the Willis Dr Martens smooth creepers are the ideal footwear for Teddy Boys (and girls) with their timeless style and slightly pointed front. These wonderful creepers go with any Teddy Boy suit and the one we have picked out is the 3-piece pinstripe suit from Scott. Add a Beatles wallet from Disaster Designs for ultimate 60’s style.


Now you're ready to go out and build your own style using Dr Martens.