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Saving costs and producing substandard shoe's
on 27 March 2012
Having bought my third pair of Doc Martens shoes in about sixteen years I am absolutely disgusted at the appalling poor quality since they are now made in China. I buy them for the comfort, not for heavy use as I am a Driving Instructor and so only wear them whilst sitting in the car. I have had my latest pair for about fourteen months and the first thing I noticed was that they did not polish up well at all and despite using several polishing rags they still had a dull finish. Having previously worked in shoe manufacturing I came to the conclusion that a much cheaper leather was being used and as I had worn them I decided to just put up with it. I recently discovered that the leather at the side of the right shoe had become very rough and cracked and no ammount of polish would alter the appearence of it. Today I noticed a small hole in the same area, something which I have never had before from a pair of Docs which are by no means cheap. I no longer have the receipt from the shop where I bought them but if I did they are past the Gurantee period. Its such a shame something which was for many years an excellent well made British product has become a victim of the cheap labour market to increase profit margins while the qulity has been compromised. I would not recommend DR Marten shoes to anyone and will never buy another pair as they are not value for money.