This is DM’s classic 3 eye shoe. The second style that Dr. Martens made, the shoe was crafted for industry — and made rebellious by generations of non-conformists. The only difference here? A narrower design for women.
The classic three-eyelet 1461 shoe from Dr. Martens hits just the right low note. Continuing to improve upon the original design, it features a durable leather or suede upper, a PVC sole and heel, signature welted construction, and, of course, the famous bouncing sole.
It all began near Munich, Germany in 1945 when Dr. Klaus Maertens injured his foot in a skiing accident in the Bavarian Alps. To make walking easier during the healing process, he designed a shoe with an air-cushioned sole. Using old rubber tires, he constructed soles that had air trapped within closed compartments. He showed his prototype to his engineer/inventor friend, Dr. Herbert Funck, and together they decided to develop and produce the shoes. Not only did the shoe solve the doctor’s immediate problem, but it also started to sell well in Germany. By 1959 the two founders decided that they needed a company to produce and distribute the shoes, then called Dr. Maertens, in other parts of the world. At first, many manufacturers rejected the concept of an air cushioned sole as a short-lived gimmick. However, the R. Griggs Group, located in the village of Wollaston in England, decided to go along with the idea by creating the first work boot with the revolutionary sole. On the first of April 1960, the first cherry red eight-eyelet work boot was produced and named 1460 (1/4/60). To sell the brand name better in England, the name was anglicized to Dr. Martens. The range was branded AirWair and the rest is history.
Heel measures approximately 1 1/4″
Platform measures approximately 1/2″
Built for a woman’s foot
Crafted with the same Doc’s DNA as its 8-eye counterpart: grooved edges, yellow stitching and Smooth leather, a lightly textured, highly durable material with a soft sheen
Built on the iconic Dr. Martens air-cushioned sole, which is oil and fat resistant with good abrasion and slip resistance
DM’s original signature leather: a firm, finished leather with a smooth, semi bright appearance.