Monday Moodboard: The Doctor Is In


While you guys have been enjoying your sunny summers, we’ve been experiencing some scattered rain showers. This wacky weather got me unexpectedly soaked one day and while I haven’t caught the flu (yet), I took preventive measures by calling in a doctor—Doc Martens, that is. Time to boot up!

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In my tropical country of the Philippines, we only have two seasons: wet and dry. We have spectacular sun-drenched, sea-bound summers from the months of March through May, but the rest of the year is a sporadic non-system of random rains then sudden shine.

Unpredictable weather certainly makes it hard to decide what to wear for the day, especially since I usually commute or carpool to and from work. I think I’ve shown up to the office looking like I showered with my clothes on one too many times, and it’s not a pretty look. (Read: wet dog) So I finally decided, after months of deliberating, to get my first pair of all-weather leather Doc Martens boots!

Okay, so starting from the bottom a.k.a. shoes definitely doesn’t guarantee that I’ll stay dry in the rain, but that’s kind of how I plan my outfits for the day. Without having to worry about the hassle of soggy socks and waterlogged footwear, I’m able to put together a more sensible and storm-proof ensemble and that’s one less thing to worry about on a busy workday.

Just like with newly ordered film, I can’t wait until my DM boots arrive so I can experiment on different looks. The punk-rock/rebel-without-a-cause look native to the cult classic shoes is a lot to live up to and I’m looking forward to being more creative with my personal style!

Here’s a bit of history on the iconic British boots:

Photos via TIME

While Dr. Martens are known as a distinctly British boot, the original doctor was German. Dr. Klaus Maertens invented the shoe’s signature air-cushioned sole with the hope of improving Germany’s standard-issue WW II army boot. Maertens sold his patent to a British shoe manufacturer in 1959. One year later, on April 1, 1960, after the addition the classic yellow stitching and trademark AirWair tag to the back of the boot, the first pair of Dr. Martens hit High Street. The cherry-red, eight-eyelet boot became a fast favorite of blue collar Brits, adorning the feet of factory workers, postmen and police officers. By the early 1970s, Dr. Martens had become a trademark of Britain’s burgeoning punk-music movement. The boot was the perfect embodiment of the punk mentality — mixing an unruly appearance with a working-class soul. (Doc Martens: 50 Years of Butt-Kicking Style)

The Doc’s popularity waned over the years but made major comebacks in the late 80’s/early 90’s (looks like Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling are fans) and 2010’s, and it’s been quite the “classically trendy” shoe ever since. How’s that for kickin’ it old school?

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