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Doc Martens anniversary stirs up comments

April 2, 2010 | 11:26 am


When we posted Thursday that Dr. Martens, maker of the ubiquitous work boot, is celebrating its 50th anniversary by releasing special limited-edition boots and shoes, commenters were almost unanimous in lamenting a perceived decline in the shoes' quality since they've been made in one of the firms' plants in Asia, where most of Martens' manufacturing was outsourced several years ago.

So we wanted to clarify: The company says the anniversary edition 1460s and 1461s are being made in the company's original plant in Northhamptonshire, Britain.

The commemorative boots are available on Doc Martens’ website and at selected stores around the world, including Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles. The 1460s are $200 and the 1461s are $180; both are available in black or a new color the company calls "cherry red" (though to this observer, the shoes on the company website look more like "brownish red" -- I guess it's all in the eye of the beholder).

--Susan Denley


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Photo: Boots being made at Dr. Martens' factory in Northhamptonshire. Credit: Ben Stansall / ATF/Getty Images