Dr. Martens: The musicians' Achilles' heel

Dr. Martens: The musicians' Achilles' heel

Just what the doctor ordered

Text: Adibah Isa

Image: Paul Harries,
Colin Bell,
Connor McDonnell,
Chris Floyd,
Dr. Martens

A new book chronicles the iconic footwear brand as the go-to gear for some of pop culture's most influential musicians

It's a rebellion that's 55 years in the making.


The 55th year of Dr. Martens sees additions to its repertoire of style and substance. Not only did it recently welcome its first store in Oxford Street, noted music writer Martin Roach (Westlife: Our Story, Take That — Now and Then, Coldplay: Nobody Said It Was Easy) has authored an insightful collective of creative fans of the iconic pair of boots.

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Dr. Martens: A History of Rebellious Self-Expression is a retrospective of photographs and interviews with some of pop culture's most recognised musicians and creatives. It transcended its beginnings as a work-wear staple to become the subcultures' form of self-expression — before finding its way to the wardrobes of musicians across multiple genres: From pop punk outfit All Time Low, English rock bands Suede and Blur to dance pop singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding.

What attracts these musicians to a pair of Dr. Martens? Its durability, for one — founder Klaus Märtens gave birth to his first pair after finding his standard-issue army boots uncomfortable. We're thinking it's the definitive clomp of their soles, which sound their entrance before one even enters the room. It's a primitive territorial call of power: I am here, and I have arrived.

It doesn't matter which subculture you subscribe to — punk, mod, teddy or goth — if someone's crowd-surfing, he or she is most likely doing so in a pair of Dr. Martens.

Dr. Martens Singapore will be following up with giveaways and promotional information soon. For more information, visit their Facebook page.