The Dr Martens Boots Buying Guide
Dr. Martens is a British footwear company that, since its creation on 1960, has become linked with decades of youth subculture in England and worldwide. The iconic shape, with its trademark yellow stitch, grooved sole and heel loop, represents the best in timeless style - an investment in immaculately crafted, perfectly comfortable and durable footwear. Today, Dr. Martens boots maintain their famous style signatures while adding a fresh, contemporary twist. Embellishments, bright colors and playful prints give an updated twist to these footwear favorites.
There are few boots as durable and hard-wearing as a pair from Dr. Martens. Originally worn by factory workers in the 60s, the British label’s shoes quickly transitioned into a symbol of rebellious youth subcultures and the footwear staple it is today. The brand continues to innovate and reinvent its iconic aesthetic in a variety of ways—from vegan styles to Chelsea silhouettes. Ahead, take a look at our men’s Dr. Martens boots buying guide, which will help you find the styles and size that work best for you.
The Most Wanted Dr. Martens Boots
Dr. Martens 1460 Boots
With a Goodyear welt construction that is reinforced with signature yellow stitching, Dr. Martens 1460 Boots are built to last. One of the brand’s best-selling designs, these 8-eyelet lace-up ankle boots sit on air-cushioned rubber soles that are gripped for slip-resistance and detailed with signature yellow stitching. This popular style is available in vegan, metallic and printed iterations, as well as contemporary options with a harness detail and brogue perforations.
Dr. Martens Rixon Boots
The brand takes a modern approach to its instantly recognizable 8-eye silhouette with these sophisticated Rixon Boots. The yellow welt stitching is toned down and replaced with tonal black, keeping all eyes on the premium leather construction. Dr. Martens Rixon comes complete with a Goodyear-welted sole, embossed leather sock liner and an AirWair heel loop.
Dr. Martens 2976 Chelsea Boots
Dr. Martens 2976 Chelsea Boots combine toughness with a sleek, classic silhouette. Detailed with signature welt stitching, they come with elasticated side panels and sit on an air-cushioned AirWair™ sole that is both slip-resistant and bouncy. Choose from a range of finishes and colorways, including smooth brown leather and black suede.
The Dr. Martens Boots Sizing Guide
Unsure of what size you take in men’s Dr. Martens boots? The brand uses UK sizing and you can use the chart below to find your corresponding US, European or Japan shoe size.
For example, if you are a men’s EU 45 or a US 11, you should buy your Dr. Martens boots in a size 10.
The brand’s boots typically run true to size. It is best to order the next size down or use an insole if you are between sizes to ensure a more comfortable fit.
How To Care For Your Dr. Martens Boots
Whether your boots are made from the brand’s Quilon vintage leather, Temperley full-grain leather, or soft, fine-grained alternatives, even the highest-grade leather can dry and lose its durability if it is not cared for properly. Dr. Martens recommends prolonging the life of your boots by following these simple steps:
- Remove any dirt with a damp cloth
- Once dry, apply a generous layer of Dr. Martens Wonder Balsam evenly across the leather with the sponge provided. This will leave the uppers soft, supple and clean
- Ensure it is worked into the seams and let the Wonder Balsam to absorb for five minutes
- Remove any excess product with a soft cloth
- You should store your boots in the box provided, away from sunlight and any direct heat.
- Are Dr. Martens boots waterproof?
Some of the brand’s boots offer full waterproof protection when it rains, including certain versions of the 1460 ankle boots. These are crafted from a rich, oily waterproof leather and feature a twin heat-sealed welt to prevent water from reaching the air-cushioned sole. You can also use the Dr. Martens Ultra Protector, which is a spray that creates a breathable layer of protection against dirt, rain, UV rays and stains.
- Are Dr. Martens boots made in England?
Dr. Martens boots that are handcrafted in the original Northampton-based Wollaston factory are easy to identify through the ‘Made in England’ collection. Styles in this range include the vintage 1460. Dr. Martens boots are also made in factories in Asia, with all of the same luxury craftsmanship as those constructed in the UK.
- Which Dr Martens boots are best for Winter?
As with all Dr.Martens footwear, you can expect the brand’s boots to be incredibly hard-wearing and durable. However, there are certain styles that have been reinvented to also protect against the cold. To ensure they are warm enough to stand up to winter weather, the 1460 design comes in double-faced leather with soft sheepskin inside. For superior traction, grip and durability on icy surfaces, opt for the 1460 with a WinterGrip sole and fleece lining.