Dr. Martens, sometimes known as Doc Martens or DMs, have been popular for decades thanks to their easy-to-wear, fashionable style and their ability to withstand even the roughest weather.
Originally designed by Klaus Martens, a German army doctor during the Second World War, Dr Martens boots were created to make standard-issue army boots more comfortable. By using tyres to create air-padded soles and by using soft leather, Klaus made a pair of boots that were far easier to wear. His idea became a widespread success in 1947 when he went into business with an old friend and started to use rubber that had been discarded on Luftwaffe airfields. Interestingly, his earliest customers were women over 40 who appreciated the comfortable soles.
1959 saw the arrival of the AirWair trademark and the famous yellow stitching that we all know and love today, when the first boots began to be made in the UK. Initially popular with factory workers, police officers and postmen, they soon developed a cult following among skinheads, punks, and new-wave musicians and by the 1990s, they were synonymous with grunge subculture.
Today, Doc Martens are just as popular as ever, and have fans from all walks of life. However, they’re also known for taking some time to break in. Anyone who has ever made the mistake of wearing a brand new pair to take a long walk will testify to the fact that the heels definitely take the brunt of those first few wears.
Luckily, it isn’t too difficult to break in your new Dr Martens boots quickly if you follow the instructions here. So read on, and you’ll soon find your new boots are your favourites.
Choose The Right Size
Dr Martens don’t come in half sizes, so make sure you always size down or you’ll risk even worse rubbing problems. When you try the boots on, make sure they have a snug fit without feeling uncomfortable. Remember to take the type of socks that you’re likely to wear with you when trying them on so you can get a good idea of what they’ll feel like when you actually hit the streets wearing them. Take care too, that the width of the shoes isn’t too narrow. This is the most difficult part of the boot to stretch.
Wear Thick Socks
Eventually, your boots will begin to conform to your foot shape but you can speed this process by wearing very thick socks. Only wear the boots for ten minutes, three times daily inside your home until you’ve worn them in. This will prevent your feet from getting sore.
Soften And Stretch Your Boots
Loosen the laces but don’t remove them from the boots. Use a boot and shoe stretch spray to spray inside the boots until they’re saturated lightly. Make sure you pay more attention to any seamed areas. Cut a washcloth in half and spray the stretching spray onto it until it is wet. Wrap each half around a wood shoe stretcher, set to the largest setting, then place one in each boot. Take some newspaper and roll it into balls before tightly packing it into the boot leg. Now lace the boots up again tightly. Leave for a minimum of 24 hours and a maximum of 48 before removing the stretchers and trying the boots on. If they’re still tight, just repeat the process.