This is the Kendra, a feminine, tough 10-eye boot in soft, semi-analine leather. Extra height and street cred come in the form of a commando tread sole and an empowering high heel—and that’s all alongside unmistakable Docs DNA, like grooved sides, visible stitching and a scripted heel loop.
Dr. Martens is the stuff of legends. It all began near Munich, Germany in 1945 when Dr. Klaus Maertens injured his foot in a skiing accident in the Bavarian Alps. To make walking easier during the healing process, he designed a shoe with an air-cushioned sole. Using old rubber tires, he constructed soles that had air trapped within closed compartments. He showed his prototype to his engineer/inventor friend, Dr. Herbert Funck, and together they decided to develop and produce the shoes. Not only did the shoe solve the doctor’s immediate problem, but it also started to sell well in Germany. By 1959 the two decided that they needed a company to produce and distribute the shoes, then called Dr. Maertens, in other parts of the world. At first, many manufacturers rejected the concept of an air cushioned sole as a short-lived gimmick. However, the R. Griggs Group, located in the village of Wollaston in England, decided to go along with the idea by creating the first work boot with the revolutionary sole. On the first of April 1960, the first cherry red eight-eyelet work boot was produced and named 1460. To sell the brand name better in England, the name was anglicized to Dr. Martens. The range was branded AirWair and the rest is history.
Shaft measures approximately mid-calf from arch
Platform measures approximately 0.75 inches
Made with Sendal, a soft, semi-analine leather with a smooth full-grain finish
Built on the iconic, rebelliously comfortable Dr. Martens Airwair air-cushioned sole
Sole is slip-resistant with superior abrasion, and is oil and fat resistant, too
Classic Docs DNA is in full effect, with visible stitching, grooved sides and a scripted heel-loop
Heel height is 4″ and platform is 1″