Style On Trial: High heeled Dr Marten boots

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We’ve spoken about Dr Marten boots before here at The Fashion Police, and despite Agyness Deyn’s attempts to revive the brand, they still tend to get a bit of a mixed reaction, with some of you loving them, and the rest not exactly hating them, but not being in much of a rush to drag them back out of the 90s vault either.

Do these high heeled versions change your feelings about Dr Martens, we wonder? We don’t mind the original DMs – on other people – but we kinda feel like if you’re going to wear them, wear them in all their masculine-looking glory, rather than adding a high heel, which, although not exactly “high”, still looks just a little out of place to us. Also: they remind us of stiletto-heeled Timberland boots, a la J. Lo, and that’s not something we ever like to be reminded off, you know?

What do you think, Fashion Force? A crime of fashion or just a cute new way to wear Docs? (Oh, and if you love them, they’re £75 at Browns)

30 Comments

  • August 27, 2008

    Am

    These are horrible. Completely goes against the Doc Martin vibe! Doc Martins are meant to be clumpy and masculine – putting a heel on them is a terrible idea.

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  • August 27, 2008

    Cellobella

    You know… I don’t mind them.
    I thought I would but in fact… I would even buy them.

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  • August 27, 2008

    Heather Young

    I love them. I love Doc Martins but find that as a mom of three kids they don’t make sense, they just don’t–I’m not a hormonal “I want to be different from everyone and wear the same cool thing the other different kids are wearing” teenager anymore. These though are exactly like the style of boot I prefer to wear daily in the winter–enough grip to make walking safe in our Western PA snow and ice but nice enough to wear with a long skirt or jeans (which is pretty much what I wear all fall and winter) without having to change as soon as you get where your going.

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  • August 27, 2008

    gokarm

    for SHAME! Dr. Marten’s are not heels. THAT’S what makes them appealing. Like Am said (well said Am!), clumpy and masculine…and I’m not going to delve into the psychological ramifications of digging on clumpy and masculine but…the heel is…*humpf* for SHAME!

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  • August 27, 2008

    Chica

    They look awful with heels 🙁
    I like wearing docs with tea dresses to tone down the girly cutesy vibe and as Am rightly said, their vibe is masculine so this is just really weird.

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  • August 27, 2008

    Glamfille

    I sorta have no feelings about them. I probably wouldn’t notice them if you didn’t mention.

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  • August 27, 2008

    Jackie

    I imagine that the Spice Girls can pull it off, but not me. 🙂

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  • August 27, 2008

    Lee

    One word “yuck”

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  • August 27, 2008

    Amanda

    As someone who had pairs of Doc Martens in black, blue and silver during the 90s (yes, I even saw Nirvana), I can’t bring myself to associate them with heels. Nor, as you said, would I resurrect my old ones, either.

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  • August 27, 2008

    Arielle

    While being familiar with the name I probably wouldn’t be able to recognize a pair of Doc Martens, having missed that trend as a teen.
    Not having any nostalgia to get around, nor any psychological issues involving clumpy and masculine, I can say that I have no problem with the style of the boots pictured – it’s a style I would wear – though I do not like the red paired with a brown heel, nor do I like the shiny black (my preference would be matte black).

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  • August 27, 2008

    Kate

    I have very mixed emotions about these boots.
    On the one hand, they’re cute.
    On the other hand, they harken back a bit too strongly to 1997 for me–wide legs jeans and babydoll t’s and the whole vibe.
    On the other other hand, I do like how it’s a bit of a resurrection of my childhood, but in a way that’s more modern.
    On the other other other hand, I think they may still be a bit too 1990’s to be successfully pulled off.
    On the other other other other hand, they do look like practical winter boots, so who cares about the brand?
    On the other other other other other other hand, the shape is just a bit too masculine, still, to really work as a dressy heel boot.
    On the other other other other other other other hand, it’s a bit of a novelty, and they do look cute and comfortable.
    But worth $150? I dunno…

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  • August 27, 2008

    Julie

    I’d cut the tags off the patent ones and wear them clubbing.
    Otherwise, no thanks.

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  • August 27, 2008

    Danielle

    They’re still Doc Martens and still kinda ugly. I would rather spend my money on some REAL boots.

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  • August 27, 2008

    Froggie

    Oh, I love them. I need them. I’ve been looking for lace up boots with a heel for a while now, but I’m sick of the giant platforms on lace-ups. These are fantastic.

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  • August 28, 2008

    Natasha

    Ugly, ugly, ugly! Yes, I did use to own and love the real doc martens, but even without comparing these to the original, they’re still hideous.

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  • August 28, 2008

    mary hartley

    ok i would totally buy those in every color
    not

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  • August 28, 2008

    Celeste

    I’d much rather have regular Doc’s but, this aren’t terrible, just boring.

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  • August 28, 2008

    Alex

    I like them far more than I thought I would from the Twitter snippet… I still have the DMs I bought 14 years ago (wow, half my life ago!) and I still wear them with jeans sometimes, although I’ve ditched the Ned’s Atomic Dustbin T-shirt and black hippie skirt. I’d probably wear these, but I think they appeal because I like Victoriana lace up boots, so I’d probably just buy more old fashioned ones instead. Having said that, these are undoubtedly more comfortable!

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  • August 31, 2008

    Amelia

    Doc Martens can never, ever be good. They were a little before my time, and I have never been able to see why anyone would wear them voluntarily. They’re beyond hideous, with heels or without.

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  • December 29, 2008

    Heado420

    OMFG!! They are perfect for the mommy/manager that wants to look cute but professional at the same time. My job requires me to go out on the production floor (being that I’m the production manager) where I’m not allowed to wear open toed shoes, but at the same time I need to meet a certain “dress code” because I do sit in an office for most of the day. Or if I am meeting with new clients I needed to find shoes that would work for all situations. I’ve been wearing the cheap knock offs for years now but they never last more than a year. I’d be more than happy to pay $150.00 for a pair of boots that I know are going to last and are comfy.
    Think about it like this, Dr. Martins already have their demographic, myself included. By changing the product you are only adding to your audience. You’re not going to loose those of us who have had your product since they were teens. And if you do eff’em cause they weren’t true fans. Lol Times change and either you change with them or you get stuck in a time warp. Please Dr. Martin’s don’t date yourself. Grow up and mature with us. Hehehe
    I just wanted to add that I would prefer a Matte Black also. For work at least and would consider buying other colors for play time. Lol

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  • January 15, 2009

    Sophie

    I have a pair of these, the 14-hole version (better looking, see here: http://www.cloggs.co.uk/content/ebiz/cloggs/invt/5583/dr-martens-dee_blk_m.jpg), I nearly wet myself with delight when I first saw them! That picture is not flattering, in reality they are so much better, great curvy shape, and soooo comfy! They just tick all the brilliant boxes – comfy, patent, heels, docs… Anyone who hates doc martens is entirely soulless. Though I do understand why purists wouldn’t want to buy them.

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  • January 15, 2009

    The Fashion Police

    ” Anyone who hates doc martens is entirely soulless”
    Oh Sophie, what a shame you had to ruin a perfectly reasonable-sounding comment by getting needlessly personal and trying to be insulting. We don’t go around saying that everyone who *likes* Doc Martens are stupid, so why start with the name-calling? Seriously, don’t take it so personally: it’s just a random stranger on the internet saying they don’t like a pair of shoes, why lash out because of it? Is no one but you allowed to have an opinon?

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  • February 21, 2009

    Kat

    OMG i have four pairs of DMs, one 14 eyelet Oxbloods with zips (i know im cheating but hey i dont have the time to do up all those laces) i have some 8 eyelet metalic purples some patent white 14 eyelets (with zips again) and i just bought my fourth pair today! the new high heeled version!
    i know they arent original DMS but they are the perfect combination for me to go dancing in!! i cant walk in heels out on the town without hurting myself and these dont even feel like you are wobbling!
    they are sturdy, more feminin and SO COOL! i can finally go clubbing in my DMs! and dms last for years!
    i still love my regular ones though. they never let you down!

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  • May 3, 2009

    Jd

    I absolutely adore Docs! Heels or No Heels.
    Sexy is what describes them best!

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  • May 28, 2009

    kayleigh

    i have the red heeled docs and i have to say i love them, there not as bright as the pic tho, they r slightly masuline tho but do look great with a funky skirt and some black tights or mayb and skinny jeans, i would love them in matt black more.

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  • September 7, 2009

    Diandra

    I kind of like them! (the red ones anyways) They remind me of the shoes they wore in Victorian times. I think they’re alot more flattering and ladylike than the regular ones, even if they are still kind of clunky. (I hate clunky shoes!)

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  • June 20, 2010

    lottie

    The people who already have the masculine clumpy doc martins aren’t who these boots are aimed for, these are for the girlier of the docs girls like me who love heels that aren’t too girly… whilst still retaining grungy glory. And they kind of have a 19th century feeling about them too which I like…

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  • July 2, 2010

    pongky

    actually,
    I’m buying a pair of yellow boots from korea that look somewhat like this but not really cuz these look kinda weirder than the one’s i’m about to buy.
    nothing’s wrong with them actually. but I guess it depends on the person.

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  • October 15, 2011

    Alex

    I love that they chose the two worst examples of these to blog about.. yeah these ones are a little ugly, but if you look at the actual line of heels Doc Martin has, (boot heels, not just their normal heels) there are a ton of really pretty heels… these are just pulled out of the line up to get a negative reaction.. not pleased with your tact thefashionpolice.net!

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  • December 30, 2012

    Cathy

    Love them! DM just makes really quality boots! Love them all!

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