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Dr. Martens: Not Just for Punks, Rockers, and Misfits

All summer, I find myself eagerly awaiting the cool, crisp weather that signifies the beginning of boot season.

And while I love having a rotation at my disposal, it's also important to have a pair of comfortable, weather-resistant, and stylish boots for daily use.

Now given that this is an article about Dr. Martens, you may be confused by my use of the term “stylish”.

I understand your confusion – I myself historically viewed Dr. Martens as reserved for those with a much grittier fashion sense than my own.

As a result, I had never owned a pair.

But recently, I found the boots that made me reconsider my viewpoint on the brand with the cult-like following.

Can stylish men wear Dr. Martens?

Men at the forefront of fashion can and do wear whatever the hell they want, including Dr. Martens.

But without the expected eclecticism that comes from obsessively following fashion trends, can the average man wear a pair of Dr. Martens and still be considered stylish?

Conventional wisdom says “absolutely not.”

The world of traditional menswear views Dr. Martens as best suited for punks, rockers, misfits, and those who aren't concerned with being conventionally well-dressed.

I have to say that until recently, I never really questioned these assumptions.

Although I'd never worn them, I always thought Dr. Martens looked like really comfortable, weatherproof, and durable boots.

But I just couldn't get over the angst-y teenager associations.

That is until I stumbled across a few images on Pinterest that really intrigued me. The guys in the photos were wearing Dr. Martens but they didn't fit the previously noted molds at all.

“Maybe it is possible,” I thought.

After becoming temporarily obsessed with researching all things Dr. Martens, I ended up purchasing two pairs of my very own.

I choose the Hadley and Pascal.

Both of which, in my opinion, possess a few qualities that make them more appropriate to use in a grown-up look.

What makes these models so special?

The most popular model, and likely the first that comes to mind, is the Dr. Martens 1460.

These look like a youthful version of work boots, which makes sense because they were originally designed to provide all-day comfort for blue collar workers.

But they soon outgrew their intended purpose and were quickly adopted by those looking to differentiate themselves from the hippie culture of the 1960's.

dr. martens 1460 mens

The Dr Martens 1460 never really appealed to me. Or I should say, although I actually liked them, I never felt like they would fit with the rest of my wardrobe.

So instead of opting for the classic, I chose two rather uncommon models for my first Dr. Martens purchase – the Hadley and the Pascal.

These models are less bulbous in the toe and come without the trademark yellow stitching around the welt.

These qualities, in my opinion, are major factors in helping these two particular Dr. Martens models blend in as functional, rugged gentleman apparel.

The Pascal

Dr. Martens Pascal Men's

Would you look at that leather?!

Seriously, this was what initially caught my attention.

I wasn't interested in owning a pair of Dr. Martens, but I simply couldn't ignore that color.

It has slight variations from one panel to the next. The convex areas of the boots are bright, the concave areas are darker.

The handful of non-stock images I found of these boots made me anxious to see how they would break in.

At first, I wished I could have another pair of boots in this leather. But why?

Was I too cool to wear these cool kid boots?

I quickly realized that preconceived notions were all that were really holding me back.

I liked the way the boots looked, Dr. Martens are notorious for standing up to years and years of daily wear, and on paper, they check all the boxes of what I wanted out of a boot.

So I made my decision and clicked “ship” on the Dr. Martens Pascal (same boot, different color).

My experience wearing the Pascal

dr. martens pascal jeans men's

dr. martens pascal close up men's

It was the aesthetics that sold me on this boot, but how do they wear?

The leather on the Pascal feels thick and durable. It has a very smooth texture, but I wouldn't call it soft.

It isn't excessively stiff, but like most full leather work boots, they took a couple of wears to soften up around the flex points.

And check out the soles:

dr. martens pascal jeans men's

The idea for the Dr. Marten Air Cushioned Sole came after the founder suffered a foot injury while skiing and couldn't find a comfortable shoe to soothe his aching injury.

Like the original design, the soles are quite thick and made of soft rubber which provides great grip in both wet and dry conditions.

And similar to most work boots, they're also slip-resistant on oily surfaces.

Now, I usually have a problem with boots and shoes being too narrow across the toes and too roomy in the heel and ankle area.

The Pascal isn't much different.

Even with the laces cinched as tight as they'll go, my heel still slips a little when walking.

The extra room around the ankle allows my foot to slide forward into the narrowing region of the boot.

But I've found that with clever lacing I can take up some of the slack for a greatly improved fit.

There's also plenty of room for an insole in case I decide to go that route.

dr. martens pascal dressed up men's

dr. martens pascal dressed up men's

Overall, the shape is very typical of any mass-produced shoe and I can't take any points away because I have a hard-to-fit foot.

Aside from being slightly too roomy in the ankle area and a little too narrow in the toes, these are as the tagline “airwair” suggests – like walking on air.

They're so good at absorbing shock that I had a mild case of shin splints after the first wear due to the heavy heel strike they allowed.

I'm not used to wearing cushioned shoes, so I usually have a constant reminder to keep good biomechanics when I walk.

But these are so forgiving, I was able to walk like a moron without immediate feedback.

I've put over a dozen miles on these over a few wears and haven't had a single blister and, other than the mild shin splints (which were my own fault), no other discomfort.

The Hadley

dr. martens hadley men's

I find it really hard to define my style.

I gravitate towards functional, rugged items, but I have a soft spot for elegance.

Lucky for me, men's fashion is going in the direction of upscale workwear.

Magazines are packed with images of $5,000 sherling-lined leather jackets and chunky soled dress boots.

Like many of the top designer pieces, I think the Dr. Martens Hadley does an excellent job of bridging the gap between luxury and functionality.

They're sleek with the glossy black leather, unembellished design, and polished hardware.

But they're tall enough to keep the snow out, are just shy of being 100% waterproof, and have one of the most gnarly soles available.

My experience wearing the Hadley

dr. martens hadley jeans men's

dr. martens hadley jeans men's

dr. martens hadley men's

As far as comfort is concerned, almost nothing I've ever owned comes close the the Hadley in that department.

Like all Dr. Martens, the sole is made of thick, gummy rubber with air filled pockets that provide outstanding shock absorption.

The leather uppers feel more like a pair of leather socks than a pair of boots.

Seriously, the uppers are about as soft and flexible as a lambskin jacket!

They require zero break-in and don't interfere with ankle movement, even when completely cinched up.

The shape of these seem to provide a better fit for my foot than the Pascal. When they're laced tight, my ankle is locked in place and the toe area is more comfortable.

I would assume they're made using the same last (foot mold) so maybe it's the superior ankle control that prevents my foot from sliding forward and being pinched by the tapering of the toe.

Either way, these are the most comfortable boots I've ever owned!

How do my Dr. Martens stack up?

I currently have four other pairs of boots that I absolutely love, but they're each a little too specialized to take the crown as king of versatile, daily wear.

Here's how my current boot game compares to my new Docs.

Red Wing 877

My Red Wing 877s are tough as nails, miraculously comfortable despite the hard leather insole, and feature absurdly thick and durable leather uppers.

But style wise, they are unmistakably work boots and there is no blending in with the business crowd on downtown streets.

Unless you're going for a very deliberate rugged/refined look, there isn't much sense trying to pair these with otherwise elegant or dressy attire.

They also have a rather flat sole, making them less than stellar snow boots.

L.L Bean Boots

My L.L. Bean Boots are completely waterproof and guaranteed for life (not that I anticipate using the warranty) and with a thick pair of socks, they make a decent set of snow boots.

But like the Red Wings, they are extremely casual in nature so the ability to dress them up is pretty limited.

Also, due to the waterproof rubber portion, my feet tend to sweat more in these than in other boots, making all day wear less appealing.

Clarks Desert Boots

My Clarks Desert Boots are extremely comfortable, refined enough to be slightly dressed up, and have held up extremely well over the past 4 years or so.

But they are the last boot or shoe I would choose for cold, wet, or snowy weather.

The crepe soles, although very cushy, offer almost zero insulation or traction.

Even if it's just cold and dry, I can feel the bottoms of my feet freezing within a couple minutes while waiting at a bus stop and a sprinkle of rain essentially turns any smooth stone or metal surface into sheet ice.

But hey, they are desert boots so I can't exactly fault them for not performing in adverse weather conditions.

They're still one of my all-time favorite wardrobe staples.

Allen Edmonds Daltons

Now, for my gorgeous Allen Edmons Daltons.

These boots are very comfortable (after I stretched the toe area) and look as good with a suit as they do with a pair of jeans.

But even if they did provide traction, insulation, or waterproofing (they don't have any of these qualities), there is no way in hell I would wear a pair of $425 boots in the salty, slushy mess that accompanies every Midwestern winter.

For those of you who aren't accustom to living with rock salt in the winter, a single stroll around the block can completely destroy a pair of fine leather shoes.

The road and sidewalk salt quickly and irreparably dries, cracks, and blisters leather.

So what I'm left with is a pair of boots that I have to store for the majority of the cold months.

Bottom line: while they excel in the style department and are great when the weather is dry, they fall short when it comes to battling the elements.

But are Dr. Martens stylish?

dr. martens hadley dressed up men's

dr. martens hadley dressed up men's
Like any other outside-the-box clothing choice, fitting a pair of Dr. Martens into a respectable wardrobe is going to take a little thought.

But there's no denying that there's a certain beauty that comes with functionality, and Dr. Martens excel in the functionality department.

However, just throwing on a pair of distressed jeans and a t-shirt one size too large will make it look like you're on your way to paint the neighbors fence.

But there are things you can do to help elevate these functional boots.

  • Wear slim fit clothing, particularly tapered pants for an elegant silhouette
  • Opt for darker colors to heighten the level of sophistication
  • Choose minimally designed items to keep the overall look sleek
  • Select luxurious fabrics to tame the rugged nature of the boots

Following these guidelines will have you looking like a sophisticated yet ready-for-anything modern man.

So to answer my own question – yes, I think they can absolutely be a stylish addition to a man's wardrobe as long as the rest of his attire is well considered.

Are these the perfect all-purpose boots?

dr. martens men's pascal

Okay. They are a little chunky, the leather definitely isn't on par with a pair of $700 boots, and the fit is a tad generic.

But that's just me nitpicking.

The soles on these Dr. Martens provide great traction in wet weather and on any surface.

The air pockets inside of the thick sole provide excellent cushion and insulation.

They're roomy enough for thick socks, so I anticipate they'll make decent snow boots.

For all intents and purposes, they're waterproof. I mean, they'll leak if you stand in several inches of water for long periods of time, but I haven't had any issues even in heavy rain.

For the guys out there working in a business casual environment, these can definitely be a passable wardrobe addition. They even blend with some dressier clothing items.

And best of all, at around $150, I won't cry if they get destroyed!

No need to baby these babies. I can actually wear them as boots were intended to be worn – through the muck, mire, slush, and slop!

In my opinion, there isn't another boot that ticks all of these boxes.

So if you've ever thought about owning a pair of Dr. Martens, but weren't sure about the punk rock image, grab a pair of Dr. Martens Hadley or Pascal boots (same boot, different color) and get ready to fall in love.

All the best,

Nate

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63 Comments

  • Reply
    Jean
    November 9, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Outstanding write-up Nate. Couple questions for you: 1) Where did you get that pink polo? and 2) Like legs, did you adjust your chest training to prevent too much hypertrophy? I ask because the ripped, dense chest is what I strive for, not the borderline man-boob look in most bodybuilding circles. Can you fill me in?
    Thanks,
    Jean.

    • Reply
      Nate
      November 10, 2015 at 1:19 am

      Thanks Jean! The polo is from target and I’ve had it for about 4 years now. They still sell them and they get my highest recommendation. As for building a dense chest, I never do any isolation exercises or too much pump work. I just focus on strength using incline and decline benches, barbells and dumbbells, and stay in the 3-10 rep range. A lot of the dense look is going to come from low body fat, and of course, not having over developed pecs.

    • Reply
      Cretin
      July 22, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      You sir are a dandy and it makes me sick. I may be a disgusting slob but good lord at least I’m a man. If you are going to dress nice and posh, why not shave your beard? I just imagine you vaping puffing out smoke while driving a WRX down the road.

      • Reply
        Nate
        July 25, 2016 at 8:47 am

        Thanks so much for your value contribution to Iron & Tweed. You are clearly a real man with a keen sense of observation and insight. Have you considered a career in criminal profiling? Your ability to figure someone out simply by looking at photos may be of great service to the world at large.

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    EA
    November 9, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Unbelievable, just last night I had a dream in which I was writing a blog post about Dr.Martens and how stylish they are.
    I have been wearing them (shoes, not boots) everyday for the past two years. They might not be the most fashionable shoes around, but they are good enough for me, and a big relief for my plantar fasciitis.

    • Reply
      Nate
      November 10, 2015 at 1:14 am

      Haha, that’s crazy. How have they held up over the last two years? Any quality issues?

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        EA
        November 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm

        They held up with magnificence. It is evident that they are not new, but they are not ruined, and they are still comfortable to wear. I think that it is a very good trade-off between working shoes and stylish shoes. It’s a win-win.

        • Reply
          Nate
          November 10, 2015 at 6:14 pm

          That’s great to hear. Like Jonathan mentioned above, I hear the occasional horror story about Dr. Martens. I think they have some generic line that’s only sold at discount stores like Shoe Carnival and Famous Footwear that doesn’t quite live up the typical quality.

  • Reply
    Craig
    November 9, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Great article, I own 2 pair of Dr.Martens Kamerons, a Brown pair and a Black Pair, I am 51 years old. I Love Dr.Martens! They are comfortable and durable and are my go to boots on most occasions!

    • Reply
      Nate
      November 10, 2015 at 1:13 am

      When someone buys clothing pieces in multiple colors it’s the ultimate testimonial. I’m glad you’re enjoying the boots.

  • Reply
    Jonathan
    November 9, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    From where did you purchase your Dr. Martens? I bought a pair earlier in the year, and one of the soles is already separating from the shoe. I looked it up, and found a number of people who reported a drop in quality. They sited the manufacturing being outsourced to another country. It’s a shame, I really loved the look and comfort until that happened.

    • Reply
      Nate
      November 10, 2015 at 1:12 am

      That’s too bad you didn’t have a good experience with them. I think they have a cheap line of shoes/boots that have glued on soles and are lower quality. I got the exact same models I listed from amazon and they’re made in Thailand, but have goodyear welted soles. I’ve worn them frequently since early summer and they’ve held up great. Aside from a single scratch, they look like they just came out of the box. You could look into the “Made in England” series as well as the “Forlife” which are as it sounds, guaranteed for life.

  • Reply
    Oliver
    November 10, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    This article makes me think about some assumptions a have in relation to fashion in general and to Dr. Martens in particular.

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    John Tyndall
    November 10, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    I had a brown pair of Dr. Martens back in college, and although they were durable and comfortable, I had written off the idea of getting another pair as a grown man, thinking they’re more for edgy kids.
    You’ve got me rethinking that, but after clicking your other links, I do think I’ll go for a pair of dress boots first!
    Can you give me some tips on pant length? I notice you cuff your jeans, and you seem to wear your dress pants a little shorter than I’d think of a standard.
    I’m picky about my pant length, and I return a lot of clothes for that reason, but maybe I need to rethink my standards.

    • Reply
      Nate
      November 10, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      Definitely go with the dress boots if they’re catching your eye. Let me know if you need any recommendations. I’ve recently been wearing my pants shorter and shorter. It’s a little more fashion forward than I’m used to but I’m working on getting out of my comfort zone. In general, your pants should touch the tops of your shoes and “break” once. Meaning they should have just a little slack. I like the cuff because it adds a horizontal line to help separate the pants from the shoes. It’s particularly useful if the pants and shoes are close in color.

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    Brendan
    November 11, 2015 at 5:39 am

    Love the rich tones in the pascal! Almost like a Cabernet or something. I could see myself wearing these, but I’ve had my eye on the brown president boot from Thursday. They’re more of a dress boot, and I probably won’t get much wear out of them until next spring. (Colorado winters can be rough at times) You’re looking shredded by the way. Do you do any sort of bulking phase through the winter?

    • Reply
      Nate
      November 11, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      The color is sweet! The president boot looks really nice, very similar to a plain toe Alden Indie boot. I feel you on the nasty winters. I’ve always focused on bulking and cutting phases, but I’m pretty close to my ideal size so I’m most likely going to stay within a few percent of my current body fat and accept the slower muscle gains.

  • Reply
    Tara
    November 13, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Making Dr. Martens look stylish is a sign of a true pro. I’ve seen a few men and women pull it off, and I’ve witnessed some pretty horrific fashion crimes.

    Personally, I love Dr. Martens and consider them to be a classic. Which brings me to thank you for such a fantastic write up on a classic fashion item. For the most part, fashion magazines cover the latest trends. Breaking down a classic is a rare delight.

    – Tara

    • Reply
      Nate
      November 14, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      Thanks so much, Tara! And you’re right, Dr. Martens seem to be worn by two groups. Those who are extremely meticulous about their personal style and those who are still stuck in Junior High mode.

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    Ben Smith
    November 16, 2015 at 1:31 am

    Hi Nate! Really love the website and your taste in style. Is it possible if you maybe leave a link to the different shirts, accessories and what nots in each of your outfit? Beacause i would love to purchase some of ’em. Once again great job with the site!

    • Reply
      Nate
      November 16, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Sure thing, Ben. A lot of my pieces have been accumulated over the years so I’ll have to mostly link to similar items, but I’d be happy to give a little more direction on what to buy.

  • Reply
    Tom
    November 19, 2015 at 4:19 am

    Great post! What color are your Pascals? Thanks!

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    Rick Flag
    December 13, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Nate, your website is awesome, went on a binge read of your posts haha. What kind of pants were you wearing on that picture of you sitting down with the black boots? And did you fold the hem or did it come like that? Keep up the great work. Coming across this website helped me somewhat transition from dressing like a high school boy who only got athletic gear in his wardrobe lol.

    • Reply
      Nate
      December 13, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      Great to have you here, Rick! I’m wearing suit pants as a pair of odd trousers. They’re from Suitsupply and I had the bottoms tapered and the cuff added at the in-store tailors. I can’t recommend these guys enough.

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    James Brucal
    December 25, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Hi Nate, reading your post about Dr. Martens boots made my decision easier for me to get a pair, the 1460. Been wearing it thrice since I got them, but I think I need a couple more days for it to be a comfortable fit. Now looking for tapered pants to go with it.

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    vivien_noir
    April 7, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    As a woman considering great parts of her style being “goth”, I began longing for a pair of classic black Doc’s when being a teenager, saving all my tiny student’s income to one day triumphantly walking out of the shoe store with these in my hands. Here in Europe, we know the sturdy leather might take some time to become comfortable, therefore I suggest wearing them with thick socks or two pairs of thin socks for the first few wears.

    Your post was a great source of inspiration for this, as I never thought of wearing them with my suit pants (but surely will)! Also, I am about finding out wheather the red Pascal is also available for women, or wheather it’s a unisex cut either way. I’m always on the search for deep red leather shoes; however, I’m still unsure about the quality itself. Since Doc Martens moved their factory from GB to China, the leather quality decreased dramatically; this is a catastrophe for a brand heavily relying on it’s famous quality of material. I could see it myself, the difference between my first and second pair of black classic Doc’s were enormous.

    Greetings from Austria!
    Viv

    • Reply
      Nate
      April 8, 2016 at 2:09 pm

      I’m glad you liked my post Vivien! Docs definitely lean towards the rugged/rebellious side of fashion, but I’ve found them to be quite versatile. One the issue of quality, the made in China variety like the ones I have may not have the same luster or thickness as the older ones but as far as durability and workmanship is concerned they’re top notch. I’ve been wearing them as foul weather boots stomping through salty, slushy, grimy streets and they haven’t even taken on a stain. I’m seriously impressed! Have you checked out the made in England or For Life versions? I think they’re just what you’re looking for.

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    vivien_noir
    April 8, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    When it comes to versatility, Docs are a clear winner. They go with my conservative office attire, they work well with uniforms (I patrol and search woods for lost people), but I also wore them on nights out for drinking and dancing and stomped 12 of my last music festivals in them. Aside from my victorian boots, I haven’t found a pair of more versatile footwear yet!
    Thanks for pointing me at the Made in England for Life ones, I missed them so far!

  • Reply
    Scott
    April 15, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    As an older man in his mid 50s who has a professional job, but who also plays in bands, I love clothes, and just stumbled across your blog doing a Google search about Docs because, well, I have 5 pairs of the boots ( 2 black 1460s, 2 black 1914s, 1 cherry 1460 with a 2nd pair of those on the way) and I absolutely love them. I pair mine with skinny jeans, again taking your advice (without realizing it) to stick with dark colors and keep it simple. I’ve worn both types of Docs with pants pulled over and tucked in, it just depends on where I’m going (if its to a rock venue, I will pick the taller 1914 Docs and go all punk/rock and roll and lace them halfway up with my jeans tucked in).

    I’ve had some of my contemporaries give me a hard time about “kids” shoes but as a musician I don’t really worry about what other people think that are strolling around in baggy Dad jeans from Costco and cheap knockoffs of expensive running shoes with a big oversize technical shirt hiding their doritos lifestyle…

    And they match my ink work too, in terms of giving me a cool edge when I show it.

    • Reply
      Nate
      April 15, 2016 at 8:29 pm

      It’s always the people who don’t know shit about it that are the biggest critics. Continue to march to the beat of your own drummer and be awesome (as you’ve clearly done thus far). P.S. I may have to borrow the term “Doritos lifestyle”. Thanks, Scott!

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    CJ
    April 16, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Love the beard! Unique!!

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    Arthur
    June 24, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Guess what, Google brought me here several months ago after using the search words: Doc Martens and smart casual. Now, I am big fan of your blog. You inspired men approaching their 40s (like me) to look great again without spending too much money. Keep up the good work, Nate!

    Going back to DMs, I can agree no more that DMs are only for punk rockers. DMs can be as classy as they can be. I used to own a pair of black 1460 back from 1992-1995 which is currently owned by my teenage niece. Now, I am torn between buying a pair of either cherry 1460 or charro brown Pascal next month. I am curious of the comfort and fit of the current production from Thailand.

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      Arthur
      June 24, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      I mean, I can agree no more that DMs are NOT only for punk rockers. My bad! -_-

    • Reply
      Nate
      June 25, 2016 at 9:36 am

      Great to have you here, Arthur! I think my Dr Marten Hadleys were my most worn shoe last fall/winter and that’s unlikely to change this year. I would go with the cherry 1460 since that’s what you’re familiar with and it’ll also let you directly compare the quality (you can always check out the For Life and Made in England lines for better quality). These are my first pairs of Dr Martens so I can’t compare to the past models but I can say the the comfort is better than most shoes and boots I’ve worn in my life. Let me know what you decide.

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    Brian
    August 24, 2016 at 2:59 am

    now that you’ve had considerable time to break the pascals in, do you have any suggestions on sizing. I’ve found a pair of pascals online for a great price but they’re a full size smaller than my normal(vans)

    • Reply
      Nate
      August 24, 2016 at 8:22 am

      A size 12 in the Dr. Martens fits the same length wise as a size 12 in Converse, but the Dr. Martens are a little wider. I actually wish mine were a size 12.5 instead of a 12 but they don’t make half sizes. I wouldn’t gamble on a pair a full size smaller unless you have a shorter and wider foot.

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    PunkRockArtist
    October 13, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Hey Nate, There is nothing worse than an unoriginal hipster puke wearing a pair of DM’s. Especially when the boots in question are not straight laced! It’s bad enough to see those horrible clone like hairdos and ridiculous beards in a hideous pair of Allen Edmonds knockoffs. Please continue to view DM’s as the boot/shoe of punks, freaks, and deadbeat artsy types. For the love of all that hipster culture holds holy (coffee shops & homely girls with horn-rimmed glasses) stay in your daddy’s wingtips! The last thing punks, freaks, and weirdos want is grudging approval from a hipster of any sort!

    When I look back to the late 70s and early 80s punk scene. I am filled with pride to have been involved in a social movement that affected both politics, music, and fashion. I am completely certain in a few scant years not one of you dreadful hipsters will admit to being part of this utterly meaningless three seconds of buffoonery!

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    Chris
    November 3, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Hi Nate,
    You mentioned that you had to stretch the toe box of your Allen Edmond Daltons. How did you go about doing this? Did you use any special tool?

    Thanks and love the site!!

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    Shaun
    December 13, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Great post! Great beard! Great look! I all so love doc Martians! I have 6 pairs and 1 pair is at least 30 years old. Most of the time I wear Coconran boots off which I have 4 pairs. I have tan red wings 10 eye but they kill me after 5 hours! I can keep my cons on for life I love em! I am a shirt and tie man jeans and boots like to look smart up top and dress down at the bottom lol! My beard is not as good as yours but getting better!. I all so have 9 pairs of desert boot in all colours. I have over 200 boots and shoes !! And I had a cull last year😱 Don’t know why I am telling you all this! But I have not to out do anyone . you have a great style

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    Shaun
    December 13, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Sound like I am looking for a date! Sorry yes I am gay! And yes your great looking! End off 😝

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    Kieron Leonard Kirk
    May 23, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Nate,
    Just found your website, wonderful comments and pictures.
    Your beard is mighty impressive, I have “worn” a beard since my early 20s but not as “bushy” as yours.
    A holiday in New Zealand in 1996 convinced me of the practicality of what is known as a “skinhead” haircut. Easy to wash and dry and with an electric clipper easy to trim as required.
    DMs! I have worn DMs for many years,because they fit me and are very comfortable.
    I have a 14 hole 1914, a 10 hole 1919 and an 8 hole 1460, all three in black.
    As an aged 69 year old, I shall continue to wear DMs .

    Kieron.

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    Fred in NH
    July 16, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    I’m in my late 40s and haven’t worn a pair of dr. Martens in over 20 years. I was cleaning my basement today and I found a pair of blue suede dr. Marten shoes that I wore exactly once around 1995. The color just wasn’t right for me. Well, they have darkened considerably and now look more gray with just a hint of blue. They are in immaculate condition. I noticed that they were made in England and guessed that that probably aren’t any more. I tried them on. They felt so great! I summoned my wife to have a look. She confirmed what I suspected – they looked great, too! So I googled “can middle-aged men wear dr. Martens” and your excellent blog post came up. I’m looking forward to wearing them and thinking of buying their boots.

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    Mica
    August 17, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I bought a pair of brown Doc Marten Chukkas 20 years ago and today the soles are still good, the dark brown oil leather has aged to look like something that a hipster would need to pay a lot of money to own, and they are hands down my most comfortable shoe. More comfortable than any sneaker I own. If I need to do any serious walking or standing, these are my go-to without a second thought. The leather where my outer foot curves on the right boot is starting to develop the slightest wear-through after 20 years, still imperceptible except that I know its there, but these boots have provided me with the best bang-for-my buck that I’ve had in fashion and clothing.

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    Jona
    September 27, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Nate! The oxblood/cherry red pascal Martens are amazing! I can’t seem to find the same model you display in your photos… I ended up picking a more flatter cherry red in the pascal, but they should still work out also! You’re page is awesome!

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    Murphy
    October 6, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Please don’t take this the wrong way but how about choosing to keep your faves, selling off the rest and buying a decent watch….That Timex (a quartz chrono, Im sure) has to go…I’m kinda surprised to see a men’s style blog writer sporting such a crappy timepiece. Of course, style is relative, and I’m not trying to make fun of you, but IMO, a decent watch needs to be near the top end of a truly “well dressed” man’s priorities. Go vintage, if need be….tons of cool options, but it’s hard for me to take your articles seriously, or not viewed as a “poser”, when you so prominently display your battery operated indiglo Timex on James Bond nato strap. Not trying to sound like a dick, but I’d be happy to make a few recommendations (or even sell / trade) you for something that I think would better fit the look you appear to be into from the quick glance thru your site. As you know, style, really has nothing to do with $$$, as much as finding what works for you…and as such, there are some great used watches out there in the $500 – $1k budget and many, if not most, will hold or even appreciate in value if chosen wisely. So, let’s put a cool vintage diver or even a Steve McQueen style manual wind chrono on that james bond nato strap and retire the Timex. What say?

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      Nate
      October 17, 2017 at 10:01 am

      Of course I plan on buying a nice watch one day but they have never been as high on my list of priorities as they obviously are on your’s. Boots, shoes, jean, and jackets “do” more for me so that’s what I focus on. I truly appreciate your advice but don’t you think your comment about not being able to take my articles seriously or labeling me as a “poser” is a little harsh? I wouldn’t, for example, discount your taste in watches because your shoes weren’t up to what I consider to be a minimum standard.

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