on 13 February 2012
Ordered these with my parents or 'Santa' for Christmas 2011. I am 12 but please still read my review.
Great service. I'd been excited and nervous to order them. We did so, got an email taht they would be shipped the next day and should arrive within 5 working days. They arrived in 3 in orriginal Dr Marten packaging (to me joy). I oppened them up to make sure they were the correct pair. I ordered the dark purple Dr Martens 1460. They were beautiful; didn't want to wait for Christmas day!!! PLEASENOTE: IF THEY ARE NOT IN THEIR ORIGINAL DR MARTEN BOX THEY COULD BE DODGY. Service is 4/5
The product os beautiful;. I have had them for 3 months and there isn't a scratch on them. The sole hasn't worn down at all , unlike other shoes. There has been some complaints about comfort. I literally put them on my feet the minute I got them and I have felt no pain at all. I were bed socks with them purely for sze issues as I am not a proper size 3. I have had no trouble with colour rubbing off either. On the sole, mine say THE ORIGINAL so any complaints with the ones that say that may be purely unlucky people. They seem to be ab A beautiful sight for others as well. I wore them to school and received many compliment. They even made 'Doc Haters' look impressed too. Product is 5/5
The price was extremely reasonable from Amazon. On the Dr Martens UK website they were £80-85, whereas, on Amazon, they were £65!!! That is quite good to me. Price is 5/5
OVERALL Rating :
Likes: This product is completely likable. The only way you could dislike them is if they were dodgy. That is unlikely.
Looks: They are beautiful, eye catching and unusual. There is nothing bad about the way they look. 5/5
Comfort:Very comfortable. No blisters or rubbing was experienced.I was actually getting ready for it but there was no need. 5.5
Whole product: 5./5
THANK YOU FOR READING I REALLY HOPE THIS HELPS YOUR DECISION ON WHETHER OR NOT TO BUY DR MARTENS.
on 31 March 2015
Ordered a uk size 6 as this was my first pair and I am between 5-6 in other footwear, fit absolutely perfectly, very comfy, look great with black jeans especially, came with black and yellow laces to my joy, the leather is high quality and the air sprung insoles are like walking on clouds, also delivery was very fast, bought late on Friday night and were delivered Tuesday morning in perfect condition, will definitely be buying more, highly recommend 5/5
on 8 August 2013
When I was 15 I set my eyes on the oxblood 1460 Docs, I wanted some for ages and when it finally came to my birthday I managed to scrape together £100 and buy my first pair of boots.
I went in with my heart set on some oxblood ones and I came out with smooth black ones. I decided I wanted to wear them for school, which I did everyday with my tight black trousers which I tucked into my boots with the laces raped around the boot and tied at the front. I got told off for wearing them everyday but I loved them.
Now onto the shoe:
Mine are the Black 1460 Boot-Smooth at £100.
Leeds Doc Martins shop.(buy them new they could be fakes)
I differ from a size 6 to 7. My foot is pretty wide and the length is normal, I had to get a 7 to fit my foot. If you have thin feet I would advise getting a 6.5 if not still a 7 because they are more comfortable loose for when your feet expand in the heat.
How they fit/fitted (breaking them in):
At first they are really tight they take effort to get on and they hurt so bad to break in. When you first walk a fair way in them DEFIANTLY wear socks. Where they hurt me was on my widest part of my foot (they were tight) and the supporting heal. It took me (wearing them nearly every day)about 3 months to break them in maybe a bit more. Just persist with them because when you do break them in they are amazing! So comfortable and in snow and ice I never fell over.
What they are like in weathers:
In normal weather they just look and feel amazing.
In rain they are 100% waterproof because they are leather i have walked into puddles over my laces and my feet haven't got wet. If they do just polish them with leather cleaner to boost the leather skins moisture and they will be good as new.
In warm weather they are pretty warm and this is when they start to smell however I did get told if you put news paper in them they take the smell away (I've never tried). They might be warm but with a dress/shorts they look awesome because they are on full show.
In ice/Snow they are the best shoes ever especially if you leave walking to your destination with no spare time for delay. I haven't fallen once in these, I haven't got snow in my shoes, when everyone else is moaning they have cold feet from the snow that's when you really love your docs. I bought my docs at Christmas and that January and February we got our snow, slipper socks and Doc Martens what a team.
So 5 years on and how are they doing?
Well they still look amazing on the outside but on the inside well there alright and the sole not as good as they were.
Well the under the arch part has started to fade off, i would say an inch square and on the back of the heal in the corners I have worn about 1cm off.
The look of the shoe:
I have a couple of scuffs from when i scuffed them climbing at brimham rocks but not much, they have creases on the part where you bend your toes, above the support part on the ankles, the yellow thread is still going strong around the sole and still yellow, one stitch on the shoe lace part has come away but its not obvious and its been that way for about a year and nothing has come away further, there is a slight breakage from the crease probably because I have only polished them once in the whole of the 5 years of owning them and them being my 80% go to footwear for the whole 5 years.
I do have an extra sole in them now because they have lost their comfort ever so slightly, they do mold to your feet so i wouldn't advise getting them second hand because if they walked more on the inside of their feet and you walked more on the back part of your foot they will be uncomfortable and you will find yourself walking on the inside of your foot like them and that will give you aches in your feet and legs not worth it. The heal support is coming away ever so slightly so i am afraid that Ill break them more. They also leak a little but not so my feet are sapping wet but apart from being a bit fostey from mud, rain and woodland they are still looking top notch.
I have worn mine nearly non stop for 5 years at school, climbing rocks and trees, hiking and splashing in puddles I think they have been 100% worth the money they still look (when on) only about a month old for appearances they do leak a little but I can deal with that. I have some for life boots on oxblood coming tomorrow so I wonder if they are as amazing as my original boots we will see.
I hope I have helped and not bored you with my preposition on everything but thanks for reading and I hope you get some!
Take Care, Jes. x
on 10 February 2012
Dr Martens Unisex 1460 Boot.
I haven't worn Doc Martens for a few decades.I use to wear them as motorbike boots because they were waterproof
and isolated the vibrations from your feet. The big problem with them used to be that the uppers would last
forever but eventually the sole would wear through.
Well ordered myself a black pair which arrived promptly.
They are a bit stiff at first but so long as you wear thick socks there's no need to wear them in.
After two months use the soles have worn completely smooth, enough to render them unwearable in anything but
completely dry conditions. Positively dangerous in wet or icy weather!
They've only been used for general walking, not like i'm climbing mountains in them!
For the price of these boots you'd expect a bit more use than two months.
I'm fairly sure the Post Office and Police Force use Doc Martens, maybe they get a different type of sole.
Otherwise thier footwear bill must run into £ millions.
I got in touch with Amazon to try and get a refund but it was past the 30 day deadline so i wasn't sure what
the procedure was.Well Amazon emailed me a returns label to return them and within a few day i recieved a refund.
I'm impressed with the service from Amazon the delivery and returns process was painless.
5 stars to Amazon.
Zero stars for the product.
What is not to like? This is a true classic, and even if you don't care a hoot about classics, it is a seriously good boot. The air-sole puts a little bounce in your step; it gives good ankle support; it feels all-round good, and it looks pretty neat, too. Mind you, you have to walk them in a bit - they are not comfortable right from the beginning. But don't give up, walk around in small bits at the start, and in a while it will shape itself to your feet and feel like a perfect fit. Some people recommend putting them in a bucket of water and then walking around the block in them, sopping wet, to speed up the process, but I haven't tried that!
I have had mine for four years and they are great. Oxblood red, if you must know, which contrasts well with the yellow trim. I have walked in town, at work and on long walks through the wilds of Surrey with them, and they are great.
on 24 March 2013
The colour was nothing like Cherry Red - just a drab dirty pale brown.
I guess now that the boots are made in Thailand QC has gone out the window.
I bought my first pair of DM boots in 1970 and the quality was outstanding. Thick supple leather and real 'bouncing' rubber soles.
With this latest pair the leather is thin, rigid and cardboard-like and the soles seem thinner and more plastic than rubber. Stiffer and less bouncy.
Also they seem thinner across the foot as for the first time ever I had a slight struggle to get my foot in the boot. All other pairs I've owned (and I've had many) my foot easily slipped into the unlaced boot.
Sent back for a refund.
on 20 January 2016
These are amazing. On,y wish I'd bought a smaller size as slightly large. I'd say go a size smaller than normal. They will stretch. Mine were tight to start. Now very big at a few months old
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on 8 October 2015
This is the first time I ever bought Dr. Martens, but after saving up money and deciding what shoes to buy I figured out that investing in a good pair of shoes is a good idea. I live in Cornwall, UK, so it rains a lot. I needed shoes to be waterproof and that won't break easily as it's not very nice to walk with soaking feet. I gave it a go when I seen all of these amazing reviews. Hopefully they will last a long time as I am a student, and money is a big issue.
So far so good. I can't really tell how comfortable they are just yet because they arrived today, but hopefully they'll be comfortable. :)
Update: they were massively large on me! I sold mine (just because I didn't wanted to spend £10 to return them and the hassle), thanks god I sold them very quickly so I was able to afford a new pair. Lets hope size 5 will fit better! I would say if you are somewhere between size 5 and size 6 (5.5) like I am, go for smaller size. Even with thick sock they would be massive on me. :(
Another update: size 5 is so much better, a tiny bit tight, but they should stretch. :)
Conclusion, if you have weird feet like me (size 5.5) get smaller size rather than bigger size.
on 20 October 2009
I brought these boots expecting them to be heavy being a woman but how wrong I was.
The first time I wore them they were pure comfort no blisters or sore feet like I always get from other footwear. I got them because I got fed up buying cheap footwear thats only last a month. I am really pleased with these and wear them everywhere and would recommend them to anyone. Well worth paying the price for comfort.
on 6 January 2012
I have to say I was disappointed when I opened the box and picked up the boot. They felt so clunky, almost felt as though they were made of plastic, I found it difficult to believe that it was leather. If you are after a quality leather boot, do NOT buy this boot. I returned the item, and continued my search. I decided it would be best to try on different pairs of boots to save the hassle of having to send them back, so I went to the British Boot Company in Camden where they stock a ridiculous amount of boots and shoes. I was particularly drawn towards the Made In England (MIE) line by Dr Martens and so i tried on a pair in Oxblood. I have to say, they look very nice indeed, the leather is of great quality, however they do feel rather stiff, almost like a block of wood. I have read some people say the leather gets softer and more flexible after using some dubbin and breaking them in, but others say that they don't. I can't comment on this as I have not tried for myself.
I was traipsing through various reviews/forums on Dr. Martens boots when I saw someone talking about a brand called Solovair. I was a bit skeptical, because the brand was completely unknown to me, plus I was still attracted to the status of the Dr Marten boot. I saw them in the shop, they certainly looked very nice, but I didn't bother with trying them on because at that time I still had my heart set on a pair of Docs. I left the store empty handed, after deciding to think on it.
Over the course of the next two days I started liking the idea of the Solovairs more and more after reading a few positive reviews of them and not being able to find a bad word said about them. The fact that they are still exclusively manufactured in England made them appeal to me even more. After a little research on the company's history I found that NPS Shoes (the company who now produce Solovair) collaborated with the R Griggs Group (who had bought the patent to produce Dr. Marten's boot) and together they made what is now known as the Dr. Marten boot. They used a Solovair sole and a Griggs boot. NPS Shoes continued to make Dr. Marten boots and shoes under licence until the mid 90's. They patented the name Solovair in 1995 and now make their own air cushioned boot using the same lasts and leather cutters and machines used to create the first original Dr. Marten suspension soles in the UK.
The British Boot Company sells the standard 8 hole Solovair boot for £130. However the Air Cushion Boot Co. (an official Solovair distributor) and a few other retailers (such as Jump The Gun and William Lennon) sell the boot for around £90. I couldn't seem to find any differences between the boots sold by the British Boot Co. and the other retailers, so I placed an order with the Air Cushion Boot Co. for a pair of Oxblood 8 holes. I was a bit concerned about sizing as I had read somewhere that they come up a bit larger than Thailand made Docs, which were quite big for me due to the width of the boot and my somewhat narrow feet. However this was not the case. I found the sizing to be in between that of the MIE Docs and the Thailand ones. This was perfect for me, because the MIEs felt slightly on the tight side, and the Thailands felt a bit too roomy. When I tried on the boots, I was relieved to find that my feet were not in agony, but actually were in a state of mild comfort. I was extremely pleased at this because I know they will only get more comfortable the more I wear them until they are fully broken in.
In conclusion, I think that if you can get over the fact that these boots are not Doc Martens, you should definitely opt for a pair of Solovairs. I think Solovair have got it just right, and at £90, its a steal compared to the Far East made Docs which retail for the same price. Plus, this raises a question - if Solovair boots can be manufactured in England, and sold for the same price as DMs made in Thailand, why can't Dr Martens produce all their boots in England aswell? My opinion is that the Dr Martens brand has become tainted by the greed of big corporations who no longer care about making a quality product, but instead make their primary concern about their profit margins. With success, comes failure.
I think Solovair is an extremely underrated brand, and it's a real shame to see that, as they seem driven towards providing people with a good quality boot for a price that is not unreasonable.
Thank you for reading, I hope that I have helped you make a better decision.