[I want to predicate this post by stating that I am not being paid or gifted anything by Dr Martens, the gushing you are about to read is 100% genuine.]
I bought a pair of black Dr Martens brogues on the internet last year. You may have seen them around, most likely because I've been wearing them in every single outfit post since then. This would be for three main reasons:
- They look good. Chunky and rugged but old-fashion and polished, they have a stacked sole which makes me look even taller than I already am.
- They are incredibly hard-wearing. Days of wandering London's dirty streets, nights of dancing at parties and they are still standing strong. There is barely a crease or scratch to be seen. A quick slick of shoe polish and they look brand new again.
- They are my comfiest "smart shoes". The thick outer leather is a little stiff at first and requires breaking in, but once they've softened up they are more comfortable than my Converse. Nine times out of ten I'm going to opt for the brogues over the Prada creepers just for the comfort factor. If I really want to make a statement, then the Pradas win out.
Now, I have recently been looking for a new "evening shoe". Something that I keep in the closet for special occasions and whip out to add some spice to an otherwise simple evening outfit. I was lusting after some new season Pradas and Raf Simons but really, I just can't afford that right now. So I was wandering in Liberty the other week, the remainder of my birthday money and a £30-off voucher burning a hole in my pocket, when I saw these: my black Dr Martens brogues, but updated with a snakeskin insert. I highly doubt it's real snakeskin given the price, more than likely patterned leather, but still. I had to get them. If you still don't understand why, see points 1-3 above. In. Love.
So now you'll be able to figure out the time of day I take my outfit shots. Daytime if it's the all-black brogues, evening if it's the snakeskin hybrid.
And I bet you still thought Dr Martens just made bovver-boots!