There’s something about the Dr. Martens boot. Adored by punks and goths in the 1980s, a staple of grunge culture in the 1990s, spotted on everyone from Bella Hadid to Machine Gun Kelly and even Ana Taylor Joy by the 2020s, the Dr. Martens boot is an enduring trend that transcends time and personal aesthetic.
It has somehow survived the slouchy boot era, the rise of the Spice-girl style platform sneakers, and – when riding boots were big in the early ‘00s – you better believe they were still (quite literally) kicking around.
It really does take a special kind of footwear to appeal to factory workers, supermodels, and uni students all at once.
Over the years, the brand has done collabs with Marc Jacobs, Joy Division and Lazy Oaf, just to name a few, and now, Dr. Martens has teamed up with London’s renowned National Gallery to bring the works of Impressionist painters Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh, and post-Impressionist Georges Seurat (yep, those uber famous painters you studied in art history class) to the streets of Australia.
We hope you like your grunge-inspired winter footwear with a twist!
The limited-edition four-piece collection infuses some of Dr. Martens iconic silhouettes with art that broke the rules – by artists who walked their own paths.
Which makes perfect sense, given the brand stands for “non-conformity” above all else – so, what’s in the line up?
Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh’s iconic Sunflowers painting is printed all over the DM Original 1460 8-eye boot – complete with brushed gold eyelets, dark brown laces, and the signature DM’s yellow welt stitching.
A head-turner for sure!
Dr. Martens has taken Monet’s classic Water-Lily Pond and printed it on the 1461 3- eye shoe, paired with brushed silver eyelets, black laces, and yellow welt stitching.
In a word? Stunning.
French post-impressionist artist Seurat’s masterful Bathers at Asnières canvas painting, which celebrates the artist’s creativity and mathematical precision, has also been reprinted on the Dr Marten 1461 3-eye shoe.
It’s cheeky, but super stylish.
If boots aren’t really your thing, all three artists’ works have been combined for a Dr. Martens backpack. The piece is constructed from hardwearing Backhand Strawgrain leather with antique gold hardware. It features two compartments and fully adjustable straps.
This is a one-of-a-kind piece you’ll never want to part with.
The collection is available now in all Dr. Martens Australian concept stores and via their website.
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