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Cultural notebook: happy birthday Dr Marten

I bought my first pair of Dr Martens at 16, and own few other types of shoe. But taking them to the Arctic Circle was a step too far

By Sam Leith   December 2010

These are not Sam Leith’s Dr Martens

I have only made one fashion decision in my life and I have stuck to it—which, according to those who take an interest in these things, is quite the wrong thing to do. That decision was, aged 16, to buy a pair of black, ten-hole Dr Martens boots. Two decades on, those boots, or at least their eight-hole descendents, are still on my feet. And this year, I heard on the radio the other day, the boots themselves are half a century old

It is nothing of an exaggeration to say that—except for…

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