The unexpected shoe of SS17: Dr Martens and how to style them

One of the ‘off duty’ looks from the SS17 fashion weeks and something I noticed when I was in Italy recently was Dr Martens everywhere. I love the idea of having a clunky, fugly ‘classic’ shoe in my wardrobe but would have literally no idea what to wear them with.

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Based on the extensive amount of stalking the internet and frantically Pinning I’ve narrowed down three key ways which I would use to style Dr Martens. But firstly – what type am I going to invest in? They aren’t cheap with the classic 1460 8 eyelet boots sitting around the £100+ mark and the shoes working out a little cheaper at around £60-£70 for the classic colours. Personally for me I’m all about the classic boot – I want something durable, clunky and comfy to tromp around in but that I could also wear in the summer with floaty dresses.

Being completely honest £100 is more expensive than my monthly bills meant that is a lot to spend on shoes for me. I actually found the cheapest place for Dr Marten boots was Amazon, I picked up mine for £65 rather than £115 on ASOS. They are also selling out in most sizes from Selfridges to ASOS so if you want some you might want to get a wriggle on.


One thing I’ve read about Dr Martens is that they are not comfy to break-in. It’s highly recommended to wear with thick stocks to begin with. Depending on if  you opt for the boots or the shoes the type the sock will be completely different. With the boots you’ll need something which goes past the tops of the boots to protect the ankles and for the shoes you can afford to be a bit more adventurous. I love the striped sock with the shoe versions above.

These are my picks for socks to wear with Dr Martens:


I am very much a trousers kind of girl – something 10 years ago I would have laughed at – for me I don’t think there will ever be a better way to wear Dr Martens in every season that with the perfect pair of jeans. Being short doesn’t always make this easy but I would wear them with a slightly flared or straight leg cropped jean with a rough or frayed hem.

These are my picks for jeans to wear with Dr Martens:


For me I love contrast dressing – I’m not talking about contrasting colours I like the contrast of hard and soft – masculine and feminine. I particularly like the yellow dress and black boot combo above but embroidered, gingham and floaty dresses would also look great with clompy Docs.

These are my picks for dresses to wear with Dr Martens:

1 Comment

  1. March 19, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    I think they look really cool contrasted with floaty floral dresses. Well done picking up a pair that quickly
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