Dr Martens

Attractive window displays at this shop just outside the Arndale centre drew my daughter and I in from a grey, damp, Mancunian day.

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Bright boots, pastel boots, crazy boots, kids boots, high-heeled boots, textured boots, smiley boots,…  Boots everywhere.

In addition, they stock a nice range of coordinating bags, t-shirts, denim dresses and delicate-printed shorts.  The layout is simple, bright and airy.  There’s a fun mosaic mural on the wall and a juke box at the back of the store.

Well worth a look for something a little different, even if you’re not a fan of the eponymous boots.

The Dr. Martens Store, 35 Market Street, Manchester M1 1WR

A short history note:

Dr Martens are a British brand of shoes that first appeared in the UK in 1960. They are based on a boot originally designed by a German, Klaus Märtens. Märtens and a friend, Dr. Herbert Funck, manufactured and sold the boots in Germany in the 1950s.  When they looked to expand overseas, a British shoe manufacturer, R. Griggs Group Ltd., bought the rights to manufacture the shoes in the United Kingdom. Griggs anglicised the name, slightly re-shaped the heel for a better fit and added the trademark yellow stitching.  Initially they were popular among workers requiring sturdy, comfortable shoes.  By the 1970s, however, they were associated with skinheads and the related youth sub-culture.
Sales declined in the final decade of the twentieth century, and the company was close to bankruptcy at one point.  The Griggs made changes and reinvigorated the company and now have a host of new, 21st century afficionados.

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