Dr. MartensDr. Martens
is brand of shoe
, especially popular among young people. They are often known as "Doc Martens", "Doc's", or "D.M.s". They have a characteristic air-cushioned sole developed in Germany
by Dr. Klaus Maertens (note the different spelling). Maertens sold his design to R Griggs Ltd
, which started producing Dr Martens boots in 1960
Pair of "classic" black leather Dr. Martens. Note the distinctive yellow stitching around the sole.
Doc's have adapted by different youth culture groups throughout their existence. The shoes have been the subject of a song and the subject of a photo used as the cover art for a Madness single.