How Dr. Martens Army Boots Conquered the Fashion World

Guess who sparked the trend that keeps coming back in style?

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It was sometime in the mid 1960s, possibly the Marquee Club, or maybe it was the Railway Hotel, but one thing is certain: By the time The Who's guitarist Pete Townshend left the stage that night, the youth counterculture would have two new things to get excited about. The first was the windmill—Townshend's whirling-arm, power-chord attack—and the second was Dr. Martens boots.

To be precise, eight-eyelet 1460 Dr. Martens boots. Townshend had just bought the pair at a local Army Navy store for £2.



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