My earliest memory of Dr. Martens’ was of a picture of the 1490 boot on my second-hand copy of The Princess Diaries. Black and clunky, the shoes weren’t what I expected to see on the back of a hot pink book (with a tiara on the cover and the word “princess” in the title, no less).
Mia Thermopolis — the five foot nine, flat-chested, FUR-REEK protagonist of the novel was my introduction to counterculture. From then on, I associated Dr. Martens with coolness and rebellion. Docs are iconic shoes in counterculture — comfortable, durable, and lightweight, they’re the go-to for anyone who wants to be effortlessly edgy.
Sporting smooth leather, grooved sides, yellow stitching, and an air-cushioned sole, there’s no doubt that a pair of Docs will last you a long time. The downside, though, is that they don’t come cheap. After saving up, it’s only fair to want to burn that cash on a style you’d love forever and ever. At the newly reopened Dr. Martens flagship store at Two Parkade BGC, you can take your pick from a wide variety of Docs, all lined up on a fancy display wall in different colorways and prints.