When the Dr. Martens boot first catapulted from a working-class essential to a countercultural icon back in the 1960s, the world was pre-internet, pre-MTV, pre-CD, pre-mp3s, pre-mobile phones… hey, they’d only just invented the teenager. In the years before the boot’s birthday, April 1, 1960; kids just looked like tribute acts to their parents, younger but the same. Rebellion was only just on the agenda for some – for most kids of the day, starved of music, fashion, art and choice, it was not even an option. But then an unlikely union of two kindred spirits in distinctly different countries ignited a phenomenon.
In Munich, Germany, Dr. Klaus Maertens had a garage full of inventions, including a shoe sole almost literally made of air; in Northampton, England, the Griggs family had a history of making quality footwear and their heads were full of ideas. They met, like a classic band audition, through an advert in the classified pages of a magazine. A marriage was born, an icon conceived of innovation and self-expression.
Together they took risks.
They jointly created a boot that defined comfort but was practical, hard-wearing and a design classic. At first, like some viral infection, the so-called 1460 stooped near to the ground, kept a low profile, a quiet revolution. But then something incredible started to happen. The postmen, factory workers and transport unions who had initially bought the boot by the thousand, were joined by rejects, outcasts and rebels from the fringes of society.
At first, it was the working-classes; before long it was the masses.
Polley Vegan Cherry Mary Jane
Polley Vegan Cherry Mary Jane
This style is rare all over the world and we only have limited sizes left. But if this size happens to be your size then it is your Happy Doc Day indeed!
The Polley Mary Jane takes the grade school uniform look and turns up the edgy schoolgirl rebellion — and this version, in the cherry red synthetic Cambridge Brush material, is 100% vegan. It still has tons of Doc’s attitude, including the iconic AirWair™ air-cushioned bouncing sole, grooved sides and visible yellow stitching. Even better, this women’s shoe is made using one of the finest shoe constructions available: the Goodyear Welt, meaning the upper and sole are sewn together in our heat-sealed z-welt stitch for enhanced comfort.
What IS Vegan? What IS a Vegan SHOE?
The word vegan refers to anything that’s free of animal products: that is no meat, milk, eggs, wool, silks, leathers, oils, or any animal derived products anywhere in the materials.
Sometimes things that we think are Vegan aren’t, as some stuff can actually harbor hidden animal products!
A leather shoe is obviously not Vegan, BUT did you know that a Canvas shoe can ALSO fail the Vegan test?
This is because some shoe glues actually have hidden animal stuffs used to make the glue that’s used to make the shoes! Dr Martens Vegan Shoes are Certified Vegan!! This is like the Certified Organic Stamp, it Certifies the Product as VEGAN!!
Check out a list of Certified Vegan Dr Martens available at Downes Shoes here.
Due to our uncompromising commitment to stocking the most serious (and Most absolutely outrageously fun and out of this world) range of Dr Martens, we are continuously adding more exciting pieces to all of our Dr Martens Footwear Ranges including our Vegan Offerings!
Stay tuned here; send us an email to go into our contact list; give us a call; follow us on Facebook or Instagram to keep up to date with the freshest Docs to hit our shores!!
*Note to all good people reading this… While we aren’t rich enough to open shops in every town and state, we do LOVE to post Dr Martens things to you. If you like this thing and you want it in your life, add it to your cart and we will have them specially delivered to your door.
When you order with us, we check the actual stock style. We open the box to ensure that the shoes are perfect and no surface scratches or inconsistencies wrong sizes appear etc… It happens! We personally and carefully check that your new docs are 100% perfect, because quality and service are MOST important to us.
If you have ANY questions about our styles, or have any confusion over sizing, let us know. If you are looking for something you cannot see, get in touch with us! We’d love to chat on the phone or send us an email using our contact page.