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- Dr martens air cushioned sole
- Dr martens classic durable smooth leather
- Outer Material: Leather
- Inner Material: Manmade
- Sole: Manmade
- Closure: Slip-On
- Heel Height: 3 centimetres
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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 founders 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 1 April. 1960, the first cherry-red eight-eyelet work boot was produced and named 1460 (1/4/60). 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.
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UPDATE - persevered and they bedded in lovely - only problem now is, the leather is splitting now on the left boot which looks a bit ugly so the quality of the leather is not as good as I would have hoped, even though I have looked after them and applied the wonder balsam frequently to maintain the leather - nowhere near as good as Airwairs of old - wouldn't recommend :(
A note for those new to Dr. Martens is that a new pair have thick, stiff, smooth leather, but after wearing them and treating them with dubbin and / or leather cream the leather gets soft, pliable and starts to mould to your foot.