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clashcityriotgrrl
10-26-2009, 08:27 PM
Are there other people here who are not fans of Doc Martens? I find that they hurt my feet and slide on the ice (even though they supposedly are slip resistant). I actually prefer army boots from the army surplus store better. I'm not at all interested in clothes but I was just wondering if anyone find Docs over-rated.

xxfaux_punkxx
10-26-2009, 09:22 PM
never owned a pair of dr. martens. I prefer combat boots. I can get them super cheap at the flea market plus they're made for walking.

clashcityriotgrrl
10-26-2009, 11:11 PM
never owned a pair of dr. martens. I prefer combat boots. I can get them super cheap at the flea market plus they're made for walking.

I agree, people boast that Docs are sturdy and made for walking but they aren't. They are also made in sweatshops.

punk_drunk24
10-27-2009, 01:36 AM
While I do love my Docs to death, I have owned several pairs of army boots, and would have to agree with you on this one. I believe this is because over the years, the style and make of Docs really hasn't changed much, while the army surplus boots are built for actual military personnel now, and they are crafted to last, and to work. I still prefer my Docs when I go stomping though. It makes a statement of sorts... I think it says, I WILL FUCKING KILL YOU!!!

glasgow69
10-27-2009, 01:43 AM
Docs I find are very comfortable but not very long lasting.
Army boots are way better value

Lady Grenade
10-27-2009, 07:15 AM
Meh...army boots are for people in the military! Give's a good, sexy pair of DMs any day. I love both mine; my 8 holers I've had for bout 10 years now and my latest pair look like this...http://s2.thisnext.com/media/230x230/The-Official-Dr-Martens-USA_DF58F1F5.jpg

Got a pair of 20 hole steel boots too, which I would love if the size 36 (UK 3) didn't actually feel like a 4.5!

Cary
10-27-2009, 08:15 AM
i´ve got undercover´s. they are cheaper than most others (or at least here they are) and they´ve been made good. i used to have this awesome ones, 20 loops, i loved them...it is a long and stupid and maybe even inknowable story why i gave them back to the company, but i miss them, they were much cooler and i think they fit girls very good.
http://www.dark-shop.com/images/termekek/10827-gk.jpg
now i´ve got 14 loops, still good, i like them, they dont look bad...but i always ask myself what could be if i still had those awesome 20 loops
http://armeeoutdoornussbaum.de/images/14%20Loch.JPG
i´m not on of those girls who´s got many shoes and who´s kinda crazy about them, but this is still driving me nuts. !!eek

sr113
10-27-2009, 08:30 AM
I've got a pair of Docs that I've had forever, but I tend to wear my Israeli combat boots more because they're unbelievably comfortable.

clashcityriotgrrl
10-27-2009, 10:16 AM
I don't know. Girly faux combat boots just seem so...non-utilitarian.

I could appreciate Docs if they were not made in sweatshops in China and Thailand. I can't wear stuff made under those conditions.

But everyone has their own taste and I won't criticize that.

opfiend
10-27-2009, 10:20 AM
I don't know. Girly faux combat boots just seem so...non-utilitarian.

I could appreciate Docs if they were not made in sweatshops in China and Thailand. I can't wear stuff made under those conditions.

But everyone has their own taste and I won't criticize that.

What's wrong with sweatshops? Prefer things American made?

clashcityriotgrrl
10-27-2009, 10:25 AM
What's wrong with sweatshops? Prefer things American made?

Yeah, I try to buy things made under more ethical conditions or in the US. It's difficult though. And I don't berate people who could care less. Just a personal thing.

rudimentarypenis
10-27-2009, 01:19 PM
i dun have the money for docs. i got my boots from a thrift shop..

clashcityriotgrrl
10-27-2009, 01:23 PM
i dun have the money for docs. i got my boots from a thrift shop..

Yeah, I can't afford clothes either so I get everything from thrift shops. My boots are actually from a thrift shop too. As well as 99% of my books, clothes, furniture, housewear items. Even my TV is second hand.

Thrift stores rock! And you're helping the community by shopping at them so that's always a plus.

sr113
10-27-2009, 03:51 PM
Yeah, I try to buy things made under more ethical conditions or in the US. It's difficult though. And I don't berate people who could care less. Just a personal thing.

Keep in mind that when most hippies whine "They only make 17 cents a day!!!" they leave out the fact that 17 cents will buy a lot of shit in that country. Sweatshops in any country pay the equivalent or above to minimum wage in this country, it's just that hippies suck at math & economics; don't know how to convert currency; and need to feed their superiority complex. The real crime is child slave labor - like how they harvest soybeans outside of the USA.

clashcityriotgrrl
10-27-2009, 05:49 PM
Keep in mind that when most hippies whine "They only make 17 cents a day!!!" they leave out the fact that 17 cents will buy a lot of shit in that country. Sweatshops in any country pay the equivalent or above to minimum wage in this country, it's just that hippies suck at math & economics; don't know how to convert currency; and need to feed their superiority complex. The real crime is child slave labor - like how they harvest soybeans outside of the USA.


However, most of these employees are working under conditions that dangerous and unsafe and not monitored by anything like OSHA of the GMP. Also, many of these workers will work 10 to 12 hours shifts without a meal or bathroom break. In addition, many of these workers are children since the majority of these employees are women who cannot afford childcare while they work so the bring their kids with them and 'allow' them to help work. On a side note, these sweatshops do not offer maternity leave of FMLA type job protection. Nor are most unionized.

I don't think it makes me a 'hippie' because I choose not to purchases goods from companies that exploit workers and treat them unethically. There are even companies in the US that do this and I certainly do not support them either. To do so would contrary to my views on social change and would contradict my punk philosophy.

I think you should read No Logo by Naomi Klein. It might give you a different perspective on this subject.

opfiend
10-27-2009, 09:23 PM
However, most of these employees are working under conditions that dangerous and unsafe and not monitored by anything like OSHA of the GMP. Also, many of these workers will work 10 to 12 hours shifts without a meal or bathroom break. In addition, many of these workers are children since the majority of these employees are women who cannot afford childcare while they work so the bring their kids with them and 'allow' them to help work. On a side note, these sweatshops do not offer maternity leave of FMLA type job protection. Nor are most unionized.

I don't think it makes me a 'hippie' because I choose not to purchases goods from companies that exploit workers and treat them unethically. There are even companies in the US that do this and I certainly do not support them either. To do so would contrary to my views on social change and would contradict my punk philosophy.

I think you should read No Logo by Naomi Klein. It might give you a different perspective on this subject.

So we should all buy things made in sweat shops less so the companies can go out of business, cause the workers their jobs and then they'll probably end up starving.

clashcityriotgrrl
10-27-2009, 11:14 PM
So we should all buy things made in sweat shops less so the companies can go out of business, cause the workers their jobs and then they'll probably end up starving.

No, we should rally for better working conditions in these factories and boycott their products until they cave into workers' demands.

You do not have to feel threatened by my views. As I said before, I don't berate people for not sharing them.

urananus
10-28-2009, 01:11 AM
No, we should rally for better working conditions in these factories and boycott their products until they cave into workers' demands.

You do not have to feel threatened by my views. As I said before, I don't berate people for not sharing them.

Are you sure those are the workers demands ? or are they your demands ?

I had a friend who worked in Tanzania for a while. He wanted to give his housekeeper a huge pay rise. He could afford it and it would have made her life a lot easier. He was advised that if he gave her more money he would be singling her out for criminals. In effect making her life worse.

Edit: By huge pay rise I mean this. Take the 17p a day example earlier. He would have rounded that up to £1 (a pittance by our standards). Inadvertently elevating her earnings to over five times the average for people from her village. People will kidnap your kids and send 'em home piece by piece for that sort of cash in some third world countries.

BootsandAle
10-28-2009, 01:15 AM
My two favorite brands of boots are Grinders and Gripfast.

They're both still made in the U.K., so they're good on that front, they're comfortable, and they can last forever through anything you put them through.

sr113
10-28-2009, 08:49 AM
However, most of these employees are working under conditions that dangerous and unsafe and not monitored by anything like OSHA of the GMP. Also, many of these workers will work 10 to 12 hours shifts without a meal or bathroom break. In addition, many of these workers are children since the majority of these employees are women who cannot afford childcare while they work so the bring their kids with them and 'allow' them to help work. On a side note, these sweatshops do not offer maternity leave of FMLA type job protection. Nor are most unionized.

I don't think it makes me a 'hippie' because I choose not to purchases goods from companies that exploit workers and treat them unethically. There are even companies in the US that do this and I certainly do not support them either. To do so would contrary to my views on social change and would contradict my punk philosophy.

I think you should read No Logo by Naomi Klein. It might give you a different perspective on this subject.

No, it doesn't make you a hippy. I got my world perspective by travelling, so I doubt a book written by someone who thinks the USA is a role model and our way of life should be forced on others would change my views. I applaud you for voting with your wallet, whatever your reasons are. I don't buy products with palm oil, and try to limit my soy purchases as much as possible for the sole reason of not agreeing with the harvesting/business practices. Personally, I believe that people who can't afford childcare have no business breeding in the first place, and if they put themselves in that position, they should shoulder the consequences. I also believe that unions are for people too stupid to say "I quit" and they don't understand how much better off the world would be if they simply refused to take a job that they weren't willing to do, and shouldn't hassle people who are willing to take the job if they go on strike.

opfiend
10-28-2009, 10:57 AM
No, we should rally for better working conditions in these factories and boycott their products until they cave into workers' demands.

You do not have to feel threatened by my views. As I said before, I don't berate people for not sharing them.

I don't feel threatened by your views and I'm really not trying to be rude or anything. Just having a discussion.

clashcityriotgrrl
10-28-2009, 01:51 PM
I don't feel threatened by your views and I'm really not trying to be rude or anything. Just having a discussion.

I didn't think you were being rude. Sorry if I sounded so. I'm just feeling blah. You and everyone here has made valid points.

safetypinsam
11-01-2009, 05:46 PM
Are you sure those are the workers demands ? or are they your demands ?

I had a friend who worked in Tanzania for a while. He wanted to give his housekeeper a huge pay rise. He could afford it and it would have made her life a lot easier. He was advised that if he gave her more money he would be singling her out for criminals. In effect making her life worse.

Edit: By huge pay rise I mean this. Take the 17p a day example earlier. He would have rounded that up to £1 (a pittance by our standards). Inadvertently elevating her earnings to over five times the average for people from her village. People will kidnap your kids and send 'em home piece by piece for that sort of cash in some third world countries.

That's crazy. Who said she had to tell everyone how much she's making? She could have saved up and moved the hell out of there. I think the other people were afraid the other housekeepers would want more money.

urananus
11-02-2009, 12:38 AM
That's crazy. Who said she had to tell everyone how much she's making? She could have saved up and moved the hell out of there. I think the other people were afraid the other housekeepers would want more money.

That is possible, but, Move out to where ? She lived in a little village and had to walk 15 miles every morning to my friends house which was in the middle of nowhere. Then she'd walk 15 miles home in the evening. If she moved to the nearest big town or city then she wouldn't be able to keep the job. Also the Third world cultures are all about the extended family, people tend not to move away unless there's a natural disaster and then they usually move too late.

ApproachNegative
11-02-2009, 10:11 AM
My two favorite brands of boots are Grinders and Gripfast.

They're both still made in the U.K., so they're good on that front, they're comfortable, and they can last forever through anything you put them through.

You sir, are a traitor to Dr. Klaus Märtens!

How dare you join the dark side of Grinders and Gripfast?

safetypinsam
11-02-2009, 05:53 PM
That is possible, but, Move out to where ? She lived in a little village and had to walk 15 miles every morning to my friends house which was in the middle of nowhere. Then she'd walk 15 miles home in the evening. If she moved to the nearest big town or city then she wouldn't be able to keep the job. Also the Third world cultures are all about the extended family, people tend not to move away unless there's a natural disaster and then they usually move too late.

3hrs + each way to go to work on foot for 17p, now that's poor. I'd do anything to get the hell away from that.

Acosta13
11-02-2009, 09:21 PM
my gripfasts were totalled. My docs and combat boots however have stood the test of time. heres to the creepers.

cheers

urananus
11-03-2009, 12:20 AM
3hrs + each way to go to work on foot for 17p, now that's poor. I'd do anything to get the hell away from that.

I didn't say she was earning 17p a day. I used the ratio of 17p to £1 to demonstrate rounding up based on a pay scale 0f 17 cents mentioned earlier in the thread.

My original post said this.

"Edit: By huge pay rise I mean this. Take the 17p a day example earlier. He would have rounded that up to £1 (a pittance by our standards). Inadvertently elevating her earnings to over five times the average for people from her village. People will kidnap your kids and send 'em home piece by piece for that sort of cash in some third world countries."

I don't know the exact amounts involved. But the principle is the same ie it's not as simple as just giving people more money. As for moving away, where is she supposed to move too and what is she gonna do for accommodation and food when she gets there ? Moving to another village or town in the same third world country is at best a sideways step. When that country is surrounded by other third world countries it's gonna limit your options.

ApproachNegative
11-03-2009, 06:13 AM
I tend to stick to stuff made in britain. Call me a "consumerist" but i'd rather not fund slavery if i can help it.

Rayne_Rot
11-03-2009, 08:45 AM
i wear jungle boots...protects against snakes and SCAD studentss alot of those in Savannah. hahaha especially downtown

safetypinsam
11-03-2009, 05:17 PM
I didn't say she was earning 17p a day. I used the ratio of 17p to £1 to demonstrate rounding up based on a pay scale 0f 17 cents mentioned earlier in the thread.

My original post said this.

"Edit: By huge pay rise I mean this. Take the 17p a day example earlier. He would have rounded that up to £1 (a pittance by our standards). Inadvertently elevating her earnings to over five times the average for people from her village. People will kidnap your kids and send 'em home piece by piece for that sort of cash in some third world countries."

I don't know the exact amounts involved. But the principle is the same ie it's not as simple as just giving people more money. As for moving away, where is she supposed to move too and what is she gonna do for accommodation and food when she gets there ? Moving to another village or town in the same third world country is at best a sideways step. When that country is surrounded by other third world countries it's gonna limit your options.

People come here from Central and South America, not to mention Phillipines, Indonesia, Eastern Europe etc.. If you really want a better life and wish to change your surroundings it's not easy but many people do it including women and children. I, myself have traveled more than 4000 miles total dodging bad economies and looking for a better life and in the beginning I did over 2000 miles of that by using my thumb.

urananus
11-04-2009, 12:48 AM
People come here from Central and South America, not to mention Phillipines, Indonesia, Eastern Europe etc.. If you really want a better life and wish to change your surroundings it's not easy but many people do it including women and children. I, myself have traveled more than 4000 miles total dodging bad economies and looking for a better life and in the beginning I did over 2000 miles of that by using my thumb.


Yes they do but the entire populations of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Congo or Somalia can't just up sticks and all move to America. Many are trapped within a massive economic disparity. As mentioned earlier earning pennies a day may well be enough to live on in some countries and raising that to pounds may make you wealthy compared to your peers. But by western standards it's still a pittance and even if you save for a year it ain't gonna get you very far cos Africas big, you can travel 4000 miles and still be in Africa. http://www.bu.edu/africa/outreach/materials/handouts/howbig.html

I do understand that some people do scrape enough cash together to move to countries where the opportunities are better. I worked in a factory with a man called Ibrahim who had done just that. He arrived in England pennyless and slept on a park bench until he found work.

Jersey Jake
11-04-2009, 01:26 PM
I thought they were pretty faddish and stupid.

Doc Marten used to make combat boots for the British Army, hence their popularity.

Want a good set of made in USA combat boots, get yourself a set of altimas. The army has forsaken altimas for bellvilles(which I can't stand), and went tan, but a good set of 10 eye black altimas both look classy, are very comfortable(but like any pure leather boot needs a proper break in), and are great for hiking, and make decent boots for sickle riding.

clashcityriotgrrl
11-05-2009, 05:56 PM
I tend to stick to stuff made in britain. Call me a "consumerist" but i'd rather not fund slavery if i can help it.

You are a wise young man!

I tried to friend you but I couldn't. Alas!

3a
11-05-2009, 06:39 PM
http://img137.imageshack.us/img137/2379/mydocs.jpg (http://img137.imageshack.us/i/mydocs.jpg/)

I have a pair of Doc Martens for almost 10 years and they are still in perfect shape. Recently my daughter stole them from me. Not the cheapest but they are surely a good investment

xxfaux_punkxx
11-05-2009, 07:43 PM
this reminds me. I need new boots.

Chernobyl Bunny
11-09-2009, 03:36 PM
Are there other people here who are not fans of Doc Martens? I find that they hurt my feet and slide on the ice (even though they supposedly are slip resistant). I actually prefer army boots from the army surplus store better. I'm not at all interested in clothes but I was just wondering if anyone find Docs over-rated.
Oooo they're not evil. I have had a pair for 20+ years and never once had to have them exorcised.

Dub Murda
11-16-2009, 05:40 PM
docs are ok if you are used to then i prefer combat boots over all just b cuz its fun stealing them from my soilder freinds they get pissed off and i get put in sleeper hold but i wind up with alot of boots that way

james the guitar mas
03-14-2011, 05:04 PM
i dont care which i have pair of doc and a pair of combats i spray painted blue after a year

Carsten
03-15-2011, 01:57 PM
I had my Docs for a month now. they are not worth the money to me. but they are still nice. I want army surplus undercover or london underground instead next month. its painful at times to wear the docs because where the sewings are it hurts when using them for long time. but when I give them leather grease it sometimes helps.

also I have a pair of mexican handmade cowboy boots I had for almost eight years. these I will get new heels on and get them fixed up again and then use the docs for just these times where I need to look nice in general. I almost never will use them then but I will want to have something on for all day long and the docs are just not my thing for that many hours a day. maybe when they are worn six month or so they are more nice but now they are not working proper for me.

Greenie
03-15-2011, 05:06 PM
I have a pair of 14-hole Grinders; they're the sexiest damn boots you've ever seen. More comfortable than the US army boots I used to wear.

http://www.boot.com/Grinders14-holeOilMainB.png

Dead Aces
03-15-2011, 05:43 PM
Grinders and grip fast are good, certain docs are good. Most of them are now made in china but if you get the english made ones, they're a lot more comfortable and last longer. My girl just got me a pair of the new for life ones. They're good so far and i can keep turning them in when i destroy the sole. My combat boots are the sturdiest but not the most comfortable. I prefer real work boots like wolverines.

johnnydady
03-16-2011, 12:33 PM
I had a pair of 14 hole Getta Grips that were ace, I don't think they needed breaking in, they were probably around the £80-90 price mark though..

neilchaotic
03-17-2011, 12:49 AM
now that i have a pair of engineer style motorcycle boots i dont think i'll ever switch back to lace up boots. my biker boots are more comfortable than any combat style boot ive ever had and they're so much easier to put on and take off

Carsten
03-17-2011, 02:53 PM
Next month I will get some undercover ten holes army surplus boots. I am not sure if I buy more doc martensen ever again. they cost to much but I am also fond of the ones I have some days. other days I dislike them a bit. or rather are disappointed at them. because they cost more than I think they seem to be worth in quality and all.

neilchaotic
03-17-2011, 03:00 PM
the best boots i ever had in my life came from an army surplus 3 years ago, they were a steel toe winter combat work boot and they had thick cloud like foam insoles, and they only cost me $28 after taxes. after 2 and a half years of wearing them almost every day they were in near perfect condition and id still have them if someone didnt steal them

MissMolotov
03-19-2011, 02:27 AM
I got a pair of 'Grinders' from some distro in California, they are awesomely comfortable and have a good looking shape to them.

filthyfiend
03-29-2011, 06:15 PM
i love them all haha ive got me a pair of shitkicker army boots and 2 pairs of docs but now im kinda looking at the other brands of "airsole" boots like grinders or solovair..

scum and villainy
03-29-2011, 06:45 PM
I got me a pair of old greasy Georgia workboots. They smell like death, but are comfortable and have been holding up for years.:)

iamaposeur
04-29-2011, 02:06 AM
I have two pairs of Doc's (both second hand) and one pair sucks, while the other pair is super comfortable. I have a pair of Gripfasts that I bought new six years ago, and they are by far the most comfortable. However, they are 20 eye while my Docs are 8 eye, so I often end up wearing my Docs out of sheer convenience. That being said, I didn't get my comfy Doc's until about two months ago, so my Gripfasts are the ones that have taken a beating and are standing up just fine.

Carsten
05-07-2011, 06:33 AM
i finally could afford some second hand Army boots. these http://www.mckorman.com/shop/danske-m58-stoevler-3291p.html I do hope they are durable but they seems to be just fine.

price compared to docs are around 1.199.00 Kr for new docs. and these are 350 kr for the second hands and as new they are 9.00. Kr.

london underground grippers which also look pretty cool are 1.199.00 kr which is same price as the not so expensive docs. the docs start at around 8.99 on sale if your lucky and they usually are 1.199 kr. mine was on sale when I got them for that price of 9.00 kr.

so I made a decision that docs are not worth the money but they are really great once broken in. even though mine are made in china.

I did find some other boots that looks cheap but are not leather all the way. http://www.army-star.dk/maend/all/sko-stoevler-sandaler/rothco_ultra_50/rothco_81_a.html

anyone here know these ?

the price looks right . I might buy one of these pairs when I destroyed the other ones.

Trix666
05-08-2011, 10:16 AM
I like docs, i love the style and the feel of them, I have twelve eye steel toe black ones I got from my friend, I have 8 eye cherries I got from my other friend, 8 eye white ones I got for ten bucks at a yardsale then recently I bought 14 eye black ones new

Carsten
05-08-2011, 10:55 AM
I like docs, i love the style and the feel of them, I have twelve eye steel toe black ones I got from my friend, I have 8 eye cherries I got from my other friend, 8 eye white ones I got for ten bucks at a yardsale then recently I bought 14 eye black ones new

I do love them too. but they are damn expensive here and also starting to become a very trendy piece of footwear. I do like mine a lot and had I the money for one more pair I would love the get the red ones. http://www.smartguy.dk/sko/stoevler/Bordeaux_Dr_Martens_stoevle_023429_79

they are on sale now. at a ridicules high price.- compared to what kind of money I have to give for a pair of shoes.

on the other hand the ones I have was same price and they lasted me a good two month already and are very comfortable to wear.

the army boots I got is same price as new. so I dont know if any of the boots are to prefer over the others. docs certainly are nice but I need at least a pair of really sturdy work boots to do some walks in nature and some gardening and such. I keep my docs clean and polished at all times.

Greenie
05-08-2011, 12:57 PM
i have these wonderfully sexy 14 hole steeltoed grinders, but they're ridiculously heavy to wear in the summertime and a hassle to lace so i just lace them up to the tenth hole. i'm looking to buy some light, 8-hole docs for normal wear but i'm strapped for cash at the moment.

Trix666
05-08-2011, 01:08 PM
I do love them too. but they are damn expensive here and also starting to become a very trendy piece of footwear. I do like mine a lot and had I the money for one more pair I would love the get the red ones. http://www.smartguy.dk/sko/stoevler/Bordeaux_Dr_Martens_stoevle_023429_79

they are on sale now. at a ridicules high price.- compared to what kind of money I have to give for a pair of shoes.

on the other hand the ones I have was same price and they lasted me a good two month already and are very comfortable to wear.

the army boots I got is same price as new. so I dont know if any of the boots are to prefer over the others. docs certainly are nice but I need at least a pair of really sturdy work boots to do some walks in nature and some gardening and such. I keep my docs clean and polished at all times.

Well two of my pairs I got for free and 1 or for ten dollars

Carsten
05-08-2011, 01:22 PM
Well two of my pairs I got for free and 1 or for ten dollars

your lucky- the most expensive footwear I own is a pair of mexican handmade cowboy boots that I got as a gift from my mother and they where on sale. they cost a bit more than the doc martensen does. I worn them all the time for several years. now I put duct tape on them to get them to last . i would love to get my hands on some docs for free. :)

anarchy_mike
05-08-2011, 01:23 PM
I like docs but I ain't gonna pay full price for a pair I just gett them from a friend who is willing to trade

Carsten
05-08-2011, 03:40 PM
I am anti social so I have no friends to trade or borrow anything from . and the second hand stores here are useless for footwear. its only womans shoes or worn out football shoes that there is down there.

that might look pretty punk to wear but I am not going to last ten minutes on a long walk in nature wearing that. it might be cool to do gardening or something where a lot of people would notice me in high heels but sort of not funny more than one time. I wont buy the womans shoes just to provoke a bit.

a pair of docs are a long time investment to me and I do hope they will last several years. otherwise I wont ever buy them again.

kay7788
05-08-2011, 04:10 PM
I have a pair of Old Docs, when they were still made in England. Real Doctor Martins last forever! I got mine second hand from some awsome older (very sexy..) Punk Rock broad that had been rockin em since the 80's in the OC, and I've hitch'd across the country in em and stomp around everyday since and the only damage it one bit of detatchment between the leather and the sole, but hell that's 2 drops of super glue.

The 'sweat shop' Doctor Martins are imitation shit.

FilmGal
05-08-2011, 07:30 PM
When the Dr. Martens company decided to ship all their production to China, the factory that was making the boots for them decided to keep making them and to sell them under a different name, so you can still buy real, British made Docs (just under a different name):

http://www.aircushionboot.com/

Carsten
05-10-2011, 11:59 AM
I am going to try see if I can get those in Denmark. I need shoes and boots that will not be worn out after only three month. otherwise I never spend that much on my docs.

however I just got my army boots. they are really great. I feel like a lucky man for having those..it only took me a couple of month to get them. but as soon as I can get a spare I will want a pair extras. depending on if the real docs can be found here or maybe I want some london underground instead. ;)

Greenie
05-11-2011, 02:55 AM
When the Dr. Martens company decided to ship all their production to China, the factory that was making the boots for them decided to keep making them and to sell them under a different name, so you can still buy real, British made Docs (just under a different name):

http://www.aircushionboot.com/

Oh shit, I had no idea! That's awesome.

FilmGal
05-11-2011, 10:16 AM
Oh shit, I had no idea! That's awesome.

If I had known that earlier, I would have ordered my latest pair of Docs from them.

I have the Chinese made 1460 and while they're OK, the leather seems to be a cheaper grade than in the British made Docs, was really difficult to break in, and has never gotten quite as soft and supple as the British ones.

Carsten
05-11-2011, 10:42 AM
me too have the china ones.
compared these two pair of boots I own the army boots are the winner in most cases.
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the china docs are expensive and therefor become trendy here. they are not the worlds best quality of leather but they are much better than most shoes in that pricerange in my honest opinion.

the army boots cost a little less from new than the docs does. docs are 1.199.00 Kr and the army boots are 9.00-00 Kr .

the leather is just thick and really soft and really sturdy. mine is second hand which I got from army surplus and cost only 4.00,00 Kr. and they look pretty good . little signs of actually been used even though you can see they are not new.

also they are perfect fit and the docs are a little too tight for me. being same size both of them but thats a minor issue. what concerns me is the durability because I only spend that much on a pair of boots because I been known for destroying my shoes within a month in all shoe stores around here. simply none of the boots other than my mexian cowboy boots lasted longer than three month any of them since I was around twenty years old. thats a lot of money to spend on shoes if you do not have that much to spend.

I do love my new boots. been talking long walks around town just for using them. I did not have them off at all for the last two days since I got them other when I been sleeping. hope they will last a lifetime.

Aero Autisim
05-12-2011, 11:59 PM
surplus corcorans > original gripfast > shelly's rangers (but you'll look like a nazi) > everything else

Carsten
05-13-2011, 03:00 PM
anyone for a pair of unused vintage docs then I found some here. http://www.417armyvarer.dk/shop/stoevler-uk-dr-9246p.html

off course made in the UK and they are military boots. too bad they are not my size and only comes in size 35 and I use size 43. :(

diehardpunkster
05-21-2011, 09:59 PM
docs here in mexico are really expensive i use whatever i can afford,

PlagueBearer
06-04-2011, 07:18 AM
I wear US Army issue black combat boots, cheap and I have had them for 5 years, and I beat the piss out of them, still in good shape. I try to keep them cleaned and polished every week.

Carsten
06-28-2011, 02:01 PM
I just found the england made Doc martens fourteen holes. they cost a bundle but I do hope they are worth it.

the army boots I own is doing fine. also use them everyday for dog walking. in all sorts of weather.



I spend a bundle on these boots but hope they will last for a lifetime or at least ten or twenty years.

I sold some studio gear to afford them so they better last long long long time.

something tells me I will be wearing my combats more that the docs though. its the most comfortable boot I ever used. I love them and keep them shiny and polished at all times.

also pray over them every night before bed time to last long and be durable for a lifetime and help me kick anyone trying to rob me or assault me in the balls .

and for them to attract lots of woman that thinks army boots are sexy. it did not work yet though.

neilchaotic
06-29-2011, 07:49 PM
wow man, you sold studio gear just to get docs? thats crazy, they're just boots and all you're really buying is the name

Carsten
06-30-2011, 10:43 AM
wow man, you sold studio gear just to get docs? thats crazy, they're just boots and all you're really buying is the name

Actually I sold the studio gear that I cant use anymore and will be a burden to move with. I am planning to move this year.

also I got four new army boots where two of them are put to use. a pair of undercovers fourteen holes and the docs ten holes it will be. coming soon.

then I got a lot of clothes from second stores.- I mean a LOT of clothes. I am thinking about moving so far away in a big house which means I will most likely have little money in the future so all the boots and clothes I can have stored and put to use when ever need be will be a good idea to buy before moving.

never had more than one pair of boots. this is really a strange feeling to have two pair and can change between nice and for dog walking. also still have my old western boots that I will get fixed.

the old studio gear was replaced by smaller stuff. and to some extend better stuff. the rest of the money where spend wisely on boots and clothes. which are just stored most of it. I have packed it in bags where the air is sucked out and put it in boxes ready to move along with my collection of horror movies ;)

but yeah your right its just boots. also make me feel like a sell out to own more clothes and boots than I can actually wear at once. but I keep telling myself that its going to be several years before buying anything again so its still sort of anti capitalistic. because its second hand (other than the docs) :) but whatever....I am getting old and needs to secure my future .

monroevampire
07-10-2011, 10:23 PM
I used to wear harley davidson boots, but now I wear docs and I've been wearing them for a year. mine are tall and black with zippers on the side (fuckyeah) they're the most comfortable out of the three pairs I own. I find that the harleys were more comfortable but I do love my docs, I've been wearing them for about a year. I have had to repair the zipper a few times but that's probably only because I wear the fuck out of them.

thequintessentials
08-20-2011, 05:47 PM
Never have, and never will, own Doc's. Military boots really are much more comfortable.

onlyjohnny
08-29-2011, 02:05 AM
Steel-cap mechanic boots are the way to go ;) haha

bumblebee
08-29-2011, 08:57 AM
I love my Docs but recently the right boot has started rubbing my heel. I can't get the mole skin insert to stay in place either to stop it :(

Kelley
08-29-2011, 02:31 PM
I love my Docs but recently the right boot has started rubbing my heel. I can't get the mole skin insert to stay in place either to stop it :(

I don't know if it will work for you, but I was having the same problem with my skate boot rubbing away at my arch. The moleskin wouldn't stay on my foot, so instead, I put a few layers of it in my boot on the spot where it was digging. That, and I got thos band-aid blister things for my foot until it healed. They didn't seem to come off my skin as easily as the moleskin did. Anyway, the moleskin has stayed in place inside my skate boot for the past two years. :)

bumblebee
08-30-2011, 02:49 AM
I put a few layers of it in my boot on the spot where it was digging. That, and I got thos band-aid blister things for my foot until it healed. They didn't seem to come off my skin as easily as the moleskin did.

I will have to give this a go! Thank you :)

Kelley
08-30-2011, 03:54 AM
I will have to give this a go! Thank you :)

No problem ;)
cheer(*

zombeewoman
08-31-2011, 01:43 PM
I prefer Docs since I get them so cheap, either 2nd hand, given to me or through clearance. Once I break them in I wear them until worn. Still have my first pair they are about 30 years old, haven't wore them for years. Just ordered me these for US $30 tax & shipping included: http://www.dmusastore.com/p-2196-1914.aspx . There's still some left if anyone's interested. Can't wait to get them, but not looking forward to breaking them in!

Greenie
09-02-2011, 05:06 AM
I got some docs recently, and I'm loving them. The week I got them, I spent the weekend walking around DC which was kind of a mistake. Lots of blisters, they tore my feet right the fuck up. They hurt my feet for about a week after, but at that point I had broke them in quite nicely. Now they're very reliable, comfortable and light boots. 8 holes urryday.

MissMolotov
09-03-2011, 09:21 AM
I haven't had a pair of Docs since I was 17 probably, but it seems like they are made cheaper these days.. I didn't like the look of mine too much, but the soles got more comfortable every year, they lasted probably 6 with pretty heavy use. But, Grinders are so much prettier.

Megannn
09-22-2011, 12:12 PM
I used to wear my docs constantlyyy. Untill I got a pair of just normal kinda 'fashion' doc-style boots from someone, and they were SO comfy, I couldn't imagine wearing docs again. And now it's been too long that my docs rub, and I get claustrophobic feet toooo easy!
I think I wear my cowboy boots more than I wear my docs nowadays, and they're cooler by farr!

MissMolotov
09-25-2011, 05:14 PM
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Skullhead
09-27-2011, 04:27 AM
I love English made docs... nowadays i wear Solevairs. Well worth the money. Same company, just different name.
i got 11 eye oxbloods last time i went to london. Never owned a more comfortable boot before.

AHHH
09-27-2011, 05:21 AM
ah yeah good ol docs... Seeing that docs were invented in Germany (like everything else too) I probably should have some. Yeah, i started wearing old armee boots of the german luftwaffe with 13 or so, had them till they literally fouled off my feet and mum got rid of them... Me being angry she promised me to buy me any new boots if i pass my school year (must have been 2009-2010, my 365 days a year drunk year). Dont ask me how, I passed and got brand new NPS boots (1st of all they are STEEL CAPPED (like all my shoes) and than my girlfriend at that time told to not support docs made in asia...) Still got them and wear them the whole time, had to fix them quite a few times though but otherwise they are tough as shit that I do when i havent benn on the toilet for a week... And the boots are green, wehee. par*#

VoDkA
10-09-2011, 11:03 AM
I've got a couple of pairs of DMs, 4 eyelet industrial steel toe cap shoes, and a pair of black 10 eyelets. The shoes have lasted me a good year and haven't worn too much apart from one area on the tread and a bit on the heel, but the boots are pretty beaten up (again on the tread).
DMs aren't all that bad but the tread and soles are hopeless.

rotten_love
07-06-2012, 11:22 PM
http://i49.tinypic.com/2iih9qu.jpg

Justin's....Most comfortable boots I didn't have to worry about breaking in.
Docs have lasted me the longest though.

eva destruction
07-09-2012, 10:06 AM
I've had my Docs going on for 11 years now. I got them when they reinvented the sole with more air, so mine have a platform on them. They're real Docs, too. I live in my Docs-especially in the winter.
Everyone wants me to get rid of them, but there's no way in hell I'm getting rid of something that I bought with my own money. They took a while to break in, but they're so comfy!

BABEHAMMER
07-23-2012, 07:34 PM
pfft harness and engineer boots for life.

wyattb995
09-18-2012, 07:52 PM
ten eye redwing steels for me please, fucking love em man, and I'll have em forever cause if they get worn out redwing replaces them, free I think. still best foot wear I have

EnyaSafin
11-16-2012, 03:13 AM
I love Doc Martens. I have 3 pairs and 2 of them are impossible to find on the internet and someone told me they are collecting items. They are reaaaaaly comfortable. Only bad thing is that they are slippy (I agree) exept for one pair that I have.

I also LOVE Steel boots! They are amazing
http://www.steel-boots.com/

rradimaker84
11-23-2012, 07:23 PM
I had a pair of doc's when i was in junior high, they were nice, I just eventually out grew them. Nowadays I just wear vans or some other brand of skater shoes. I'm not trying to go for the street punk look anymore.

scrappymilano
11-23-2012, 07:30 PM
I might buy some Doc martens soon. I like 'em.

rotgut
11-25-2012, 08:04 AM
i have grinders
they don't have the shit looking yellow stiching

Captain_Obvious
11-29-2012, 10:35 PM
i have grinders
they don't have the shit looking yellow stiching

You ever try hoagies?

rotgut
11-30-2012, 07:58 AM
You ever try hoagies?

never herd of them
got a link ?

sr113
11-30-2012, 02:01 PM
You ever try hoagies?

laugh**(

Kelley
11-30-2012, 02:04 PM
never herd of them
got a link ?

http://www.momtalksfashion.com/2012/04/mym-weird-slippers.html

Captain_Obvious
11-30-2012, 02:27 PM
laugh**(

http://www.momtalksfashion.com/2012/04/mym-weird-slippers.html

I guess he's got his link... lol

MMBpunk
11-30-2012, 04:38 PM
Solovair > All else

rotgut
11-30-2012, 10:15 PM
http://www.momtalksfashion.com/2012/04/mym-weird-slippers.html

<*laugh**(

NitroYouthNRG
01-26-2013, 11:05 PM
i have never owned a pair of docs... but i am in love with my Undergrounds. They're just beautiful.

lordacheron
11-22-2013, 12:30 PM
I wear tactical boots. You can get 'em waterproof, side zip, and with a composite toe, plus their comfy as fuck. Currently own a pair of 8" thorogoods

Rawk
04-06-2014, 02:04 AM
Fawken hippies!. If you want cheap U.S.A. made boot's google Altama. Good fawken boot's. Made for marching and shit. I got a brand new pair online for 70.00. Made in U.S.A. Even the D.O.D. approved. I love me Dr. Martens. First pair were cherry. But i like grinders. Gripfast are 200.00+... most comfortable boot's i got are my Altamas. They got alot of diareah brown dessert boot's. But the good ones are all leather boot's with lug soles. Been wearing combat boots since grade 6. Then when i got Dr. Martens, was a freshcut like 30+ year's lol.

Anarchy4hire
04-06-2014, 09:57 AM
I got a pair of Docs in '05 and I still wear them all the time, still holding up great.

Adam Rebelius
04-07-2014, 02:14 PM
I got a pair of Docs in '05 and I still wear them all the time, still holding up great.

My first pair of DMs lasted me about a decade, and I didn't take care of them in any way, shape, or form. That's when they still knew how to make good boots. They were also made in England.

My latest pair came with a disclaimer that said that these were NOT meant to be used as work boots, but were for fashion ware. That makes me worry about how long they will last. At least this time around, I made sure they were made in England.

If these fall apart on my as fast as my Chinese DMs did, then next time, I'll buy Red Wings, until I can get back to England and get REAL DMs. The type that were built for the working class factory or mill worker.

Anarchy4hire
04-07-2014, 03:42 PM
My first pair of DMs lasted me about a decade, and I didn't take care of them in any way, shape, or form. That's when they still knew how to make good boots. They were also made in England.

My latest pair came with a disclaimer that said that these were NOT meant to be used as work boots, but were for fashion ware. That makes me worry about how long they will last. At least this time around, I made sure they were made in England.

If these fall apart on my as fast as my Chinese DMs did, then next time, I'll buy Red Wings, until I can get back to England and get REAL DMs. The type that were built for the working class factory or mill worker.

Yeah mine are the Chinese ones but they've lasted forever.. Next time I'll try the made in England ones but they are so expensive

1 AM 138
04-08-2014, 03:41 PM
Grip Fast FTW!