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For as long as we’ve been making Docs, people have been customizing them. Whether they’re studded or stitched shoes, taped or painted boots, you’ve found a way to make your mark. Check out some of our favorite DIY Pairs for inspiration, then join the fray and create your own.

 
 

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JUSTIN BURT

See what inspired Justin, the store manager at Dr. Martens Mall of America, to design his unique pair of 101's.

GENTLE THRILLS

I wanted to play up the adjectives that come to mind for me when I think about vintage Docs culture...

KATIE KIMMEL

I love to experiment with new materials and had the idea to use epoxy putty around leather studs to create durable shoe charms...

DARIAN RAMIREZ

I ended up literally binge-watching Pixar movies while creating these, and so it became more of an opportunity to express my inner child...

MEGAN SUTTON

The inspiration for these came from a deck of tarot cards that my aunt had. They're from the late 70's so older than me by a few years, and I've always loved the imagery of them...

ANDRE FORTES

My inspiration behind my designs are my tattoo flash, which are based on a ton of different things such as American traditional tattoo flash, 1960’s advertisements, memes...