The ritual of breaking in a pair of Dr. Martens is part of DM's folklore. A solution for getting from box fresh to broken in in the shortest possible time has been the Holy Grail for the last 50 years.
First the leather is milled, which involves putting the leather into a drum that is turned repeatedly, breaking up the surface grain of leather to make it softer. The quarter panels are then rolled and flexed by hand and hammer.
This is repeated on the vamp (toe), replicating the effect on the leather created by the movement of the foot whilst walking. For the finishing touches, the back loop is abraded and the upper is buffed, exposing the colour of the metal eyelets. The sole edges are then finished in such a way that it removes the neat edges. Combined, this unique range of processes allows us to take a new pair of 1460 8-eye boots and accelerate the breaking in process.
Broken In from day one.
Made In: Thailand
This is a Goodyear-welted product using PVC for the welt. The upper and sole are sewn together, not merely glued, like many footwear constructions. This, together with our Z welt-stitch and heat-sealing process, makes it unique to Dr. Martens. This is the only construction that is stitched on the outside and helps footwear take the shape to the foot. The welt is chain stitched to the upper and insole. The outsole is then sewn to the welt around the edge and then heat sealed. This is the sturdiest and most complex of all constructions.
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