it's hard to believe that over 50 years ago, the fist Dr. Marten was created. and by a doctor in the German army during WWII at that. fed up with his uncomfortable standard-issued army boots, Klaus Märtens created a new boot with softer leather and air-cushioned soles. eventually they went into production, using discarded rubber from Luftwaffe airfields. and i always assumed they were a British shoe from birth, but the first Dr. Martens boots weren't released in the UK until 1 April, 1960 (hence the name of the boot, 1460)! the boots became huge hits in the 70s with the punk movement, then later in the early 90s with the grunge scene, and once again, everyone is rocking their docs. not that they will ever be out of style... these kick-ass boots are true classics.
(saw a girl wearing these outside Opening Ceremony the other day and they looked totally comfortable. she was doing heavy lifting and shit. believe it).