Dr Martens boots have been high in my regards for many years. Back when I was 15 years old, roughly, I purchased my first pair of Dr Martens in their classic 1460 Smooth style in a gorgeous cherry red shade. I remember leaving the shop feeling ecstatic at my new purchase and dying to get them on.
After a few wears, I realised that that size I purchased – a size 5 – were far too big for my small feet and petite frame. I looked like I was walking around in clown shoes which resulted in me putting them away and forgetting about the boots for several years. Now and then I would dig them out again, try them out decide they are far too big for me so back into the wardrobe they went. They were a hefty £50 back then and to a 15 year old that seemed like quite an expense to me. They were also the most I’d ever spent on footwear and I couldn’t even wear them – I was gutted.
In hindsight, I should have tried to sell them years ago because they look brand new, but I never. So if anyone fancies a pair of Cherry Red Dr Martens in a size 5, hit me up!
Dr Martens sort of became a distant thought in my mind. Fast forward until a few years ago and I started seeing people wearing them again or thinking how great a pair would be on winter time walks and it instantly reunited my flame for the brand. I lusted after a pair but the price had increased drastically since I purchased my Cherry Red pair. Over £100 for a pair of boots? Eek. I was a student, living off little finances and I could not justify the price, especially in case I ended up leaving them lying in a wardrobe like my others.
But now I’m finished university and I have some disposable income, I just couldn’t wait any longer to treat myself. And what a treat they were!
Dr Martens Jadon Platforms
I decided to go for the Dr Martens Jadon Platform Boots in black. I wanted a pair that would fit in well with my style, give this 5 ft 2″ gal some height and would go with everything.
I’ve had my pair for a good few weeks now and oh my goodness, they are perfect. They cost a generous £169 (an extra 10% off with UniDays if you are a student!), but honestly, I think they are worth it.
These sturdy, leather beauties are highly durable with a chunky air-cushioned sole that is oil, fat and slip-resistant – perfect for those who work in hospitality and may be dealing with food.
For me, these were brilliant for wearing to the festivals I’ve been to recently like Glenfiddich Festival Experience where the possibility of walking around in mud is evident. I’ve worn them to work. I’ve worn them to events. I’ve worn them on walks. I think I would even wear them on nights out. They are incredibly versatile and the cost per wear makes this pair of boots worthwhile for me and I know they will last me a very long time.
Breaking in Dr Martens
Now, don’t think it’s all fun and games as soon as you make your Dr Martens purchase. You will have a bit of work to do before you can truly enjoy your new boots. Dr Martens require a great deal of breaking in to make them comfortable. The sturdy leather I mentioned? Well, it’s sturdy which means that the first few weeks of wear, depending on how often you wear them, will hurt. We’re talking blisters, split skin and if you aren’t used to heavy boots, even sore legs as you get used to the added weight to your feet. I wore mine constantly for 2 weeks and my feet were a mess – lovely I know – but now I can wear my boots with no pain. They are now so comfortable and I’d happily wear them for a full day of activities without worry of wrecking my heels. It might not seem like a stage you’d want to commit to when buying a pair of boots for that price, but I think it’s totally worth the few weeks of suffering to have a pair of boots that will stay loyal to you for years and years.
Fancy Dr Marten dupes instead?
Of course, not everyone can afford or justify the price, which is totally fine! Right now, you can find dupes in the majority of high street and online fashion stores so you don’t have to break the bank. I’ve even seen some convincing dupes in Primark.
Do you have a pair of Dr Martens or considering getting a pair? Leave your tips for breaking them in below!
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