The father, whom Italiano knew well from his patronage of the store over the years, announced that his kid was there to buy his first pair of Dr. Martens boots — ankle-high boots with air-cushioned soles that are often referred to simply as “Docs.” The iconic boots became a signature fashion statement among punk rockers, new-wavers, alternative rockers and members of various subcultures during the 1970s, '80s and ’90s.
And, as Chris Walker reported this week, the boots are now attracting another generation of shoppers: kids, often brought there by their parents.
Readers were quick to respond to the story. Says Cheyenne:
Vive la revolucion. That’s what I call boots on the ground!Counters Craig:
So punk spending $160 on shoes.Responds Tom:
If you take care of them, they last five to ten years. Way more economical than buying two pairs of shoes a year that fall apart.Adds Janice:
Um, you can be punk AND buy good shoes.Notes Sher:
It's a good fuck you to the fashion industry because my boots are over fifteen years old and still going — in fact, I'm getting them re-treaded. That's more punk than fast-fashion.
Everybody wears Docs now! Because they are cool!Asks Tyler:
But what color shoelaces are they buying with them?Comments Tom:
FashioNation is the best place in Denver to pick up some Docs.But Vince doesn't buy the whole thing, and says:
Seriously, who writes your articles? You trying to be The Onion? Cuz it's not working.Keep reading for more on FashioNation.