Dr.Martens pushed the boundaries of their iconic boot this year at London Collections Men. Showing designs both exciting and…unusual, not what you’d expect!
While some gave a subtle nudge toward classic British tailoring with Harris Tweed uppers and brogue detailing in pewter-finished leather, others went in a complete opposite direction, I’m referring to the metallic high top trainers; not my favourite of the collection.
As a long time lover of the brand, I expected nothing less than pure excitement, but sadly it felt to me a little tired.
Don’t get me wrong, some pieces were all of what I had hoped they’d be, as beautifully crafted as ever in colours and materials that have far outgrown the block neon boots that litter our current high street.
The contrast leather brogues for example are a welcome twist on the man-about-town’s shoe of choice, and the traditional black working shoe with its dainty punched out design exposing the steel toe cap underneath adds a touch of delicacy to the trusty, time-honoured shoe. The canvas and leather combat boots on the other hand, lacked the same sophistication its brothers readily offered and the metallic finished high tops while not hideous in the least, were an evident play-safe.
Though, for me, the Dr.Martens Crafts Collection certainly had its peeks and falls, it was evident that fine craftsmanship was very much at the heart of the collection; from the Harris Tweed and strictly British-made leathers, to the fine rivet detailing and soft scalloped edgings. There are most definitely pieces I’ll be hunting down when the Crafts Collection hits stores later this year.