Those who know me, know that I don’t go many places without a pair of a trusty Dr Martens on my little feet. This pair in particular! They look very different now from when I first bought them. Fresh out of the store they were shiny silver, almost mirror-like, but over time they have cracked and scuffed, the laces have become frayed and threadbare and the soles are wearing thin.
Those age lines only make me love them more. I love that they look well worn like they have been on a journey, they tell more of a story than the fresh shiny pair they once were, and they have come to represent me. So I would like to show them to you, my most loved and most worn item, probably ever.
I bought this particular pair when travelling up the east coast of America with my friends after graduating (Which gives you a clue as to how old they are) from the Dr Martens store on Walnut Street in Philadelphia. After working really hard getting my degree, I figured I deserved a treat! To this day I still remember pretty much everything about the whole buying experience, even down to what the sales assistant looked like. She had a shaven head and was wearing high waisted khaki culottes with Black Dm’s. She looked so cool.
We were nearing the end of our trip and I’d spent all the money on my travel card without knowing it. Whoops. Seeing the boots on the shelf it felt like they spoke to me, “yep I am the perfect shoes for you” they said, so I tried them on. After walking up and down the stores a few times there was no doubt in my mind, I was buying them, so pleased that I planned to walk out wearing them, transformed. I still had them on my feet when approaching the desk to pay, and when my card got declined 3 times. Luckily my very good friend offered me an IOU and gave me the money to buy them. Which I am still grateful for today. True friend!
The rest of the holiday I didn’t wear any other shoes. I walked all around Philly and New York in my boots with pride, often causing some pain and discomfort as it was about 30 degrees, which is really hot for us Brits. My feet were overheating, to say the least but it was worth it, I felt amazing.
The one pair of heels I took on this trip had broken, after the first wear may I add. So in the evenings I also wore these boots with pretty evening dresses. This was a mere coincidence but it started something for me, from then on I always wore them on nights. I loved the contrast of nice dresses with grudgy Dr Martens, it just worked. I felt like myself and at the time quite daring. Girls always wore heels right? My style was born.
I came back from America then quickly moved to London to start working. After a couple of months of commuting and running around London, jumping off and on the tube and standing in pubs. Getting dressed in the morning became easy with my DM’s so I barely noticed them anymore, they were just an extension of me. So when I looked down one morning in rush hour, I realised they looked different, the ageing process had begun. The paint was no longer bright and shiny, it was dull and cracked. To be honest, though they looked cooler and to this day I still get compliments about them.
Now I realise I’m talking about a pair of shoes, but they became very sentimental to me, and have been with me in my London adventure every step of the way. They say if walls could talk but for me, it was more like if my DMs could talk, the stories they would tell of many fun adventures.
To this day I laugh about the small price of 110 dollars they cost me. I laugh because some people may think that sounds expensive, but I couldn’t begin to count the number of times I have worn them. If I had to hazard a guess it would be around 1,700 times. No kidding. I’ve gotten so much wear out of them over the last 6 years that I feel like they were free if you were to calculate the average price per wear.
They have certainly saved me from buying many new shoes over the years, or purchasing whatever new boot is trending this season, which looks great but lasts about a month before the heel needs replacing. Then maybe you never get around to fixing the heel so just buy a new pair of shoes and the old ones go unloved in the cupboard gathering dust?
Another simple perk is that simply they make my life much easier every day, taking the stress out of deciding what shoes to wear in morning (for the most part, I do actually own other shoes). My wardrobe has formed around my shoes, from the ground up, becoming a sort of personal uniform.
I guess this is the main point I am trying to express while rambling on. The point is, wait for it. It is more than ok to dance to the beat of your own drum, in your fun Dr Martens or whatever your shoe of choice is. Never feel under pressure to buy into the new trends just because other people are. If you love something then that is great. Wear it over and over with no shame, there is nothing embarrassing about outfit repeating.
Honestly, I believe that people respect you for staying true to you. A strong sense of self is something that can not be bought with trends, it comes from your heart. It comes from being focused on making the brand of you and sticking to it, no matter what people say. Always be confident with your look because this speaks volumes, and trust me you never know who is secretly admiring your style from afar. Dress for you, be confident and before you know it people will be following you!
Stand for something, and do it standing in your favourite shoes.
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Love, Lottie xx
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