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PRIDE

THEN. NOW. ALWAYS.

Pride is a celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community, for Dr. Martens this means more than a single moment in the calendar. It is an ongoing commitment to platform individuals and communities, support our wearers, donate to charities, advocate for equality and recognition as well as celebrate in a time when discrimination, persecution and erasure continues. Dr. Martens proudly stands with the community against hate and prejudice, and we will continue to celebrate and honour the individual and collective strength of our global community.

  • THEN

    OUR HISTORY IS DEEPLY INTERWOVEN WITH THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY AND THE ONGOING FIGHT FOR QUEER EQUALITY.

    Pride can’t just be a celebration of the moment. It also means looking back at hard fought for progress that has been made through radical action and resolute spirit. The last 40 years has seen members of the LGBTQIA+ community take to the streets and demand change. From queer protestors decamping to Huddersfield in support of the local community to Pussy Riot in Russia fighting against the patriarchy and oppressive laws. Those that came before paved the way. It’s our responsibility to keep fighting for equality.

  • NOW

    EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES. DRIVING ACTION.

    The DM’s Foundation supports charities and community groups that challenge inequality — removing the obstacles that prevent everyone from having an equal opportunity to express themselves. Through the DM’s Foundation, we give back to the communities that have helped shape our brand, supporting organisations to help people access their human rights and participate in society, ensuring that resources and systems are equitable, and enabling access to resources that people wouldn’t otherwise have. The Dr. Martens Foundation is a proud champion of causes that support the LGBTQIA+ community and will continue to be committed to ensuring this community can be themselves.

  • ALWAYS

    FOR DR. MARTENS, PRIDE IS A YEAR-LONG CELEBRATION OF THE LGBTQIA+ COMMUNITY. AN ONGOING COMMITMENT TO PLATFORM, SUPPORT, AND ADVOCATE

    Our wearers have a long history of supporting and participating in Pride and other system-shaking protests that have fought for equality. These acts of rebellion are a rich part of what makes us the brand we are today. Doc’s boots were adopted by the LGBTQIA+ community, and they have become part of our DNA. We’re proud to support our team, our wearers, and queer culture. Then. Now. Always.

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STORIES FROM OUR COMMUNITY

We often hear stories from our wearers of the profound significance our boots and shoes have played in their journeys of self-expression. People’s connections with their DM’s boots and shoes often extend to other wearers — an unspoken understanding of like-mindedness. And nowhere is this truer than in the LGBTQIA+ community, whose long history of coded fashion has embraced our footwear as a symbol of identity — and a means of communication. This connection is as true for our team as for our wider community.
We often hear stories from our wearers of the profound significance our boots and shoes have played in their journeys of self-expression. People’s connections with their DM’s boots and shoes often extend to other wearers — an unspoken understanding of like-mindedness. And nowhere is this truer than in the LGBTQIA+ community, whose long history of coded fashion has embraced our footwear as a symbol of identity — and a means of communication. This connection is as true for our team as for our wider community.
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To understand more about the significance of our footwear as a means of self-expression, we spoke to the people who know it best. We asked our team to share their thoughts on articulating their identities through personal style and what individual and collective queer strength means to them.

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