Factory work boots and a cushioned sole developed by a medical doctor recuperating from a broken foot seem like an incredibly unlikely starting point for footwear that would become a staple of cutting edge youth culture. But why would a shoe synonymous with individualistic style have a story about doing things the usual way?
After their adoption by the original ska and reggae loving skinheads in 1960s England unlocked the fashion potential of these humble work boots, the genie was well and truly out of the bottle. The genre hopping history of Doc Martens has taken the iconic bouncing soles from Slade to the Specials to Sham 69 to Specimen to the Smiths to Skinny Puppy to Soundgarden, and that’s just the ‘S’ section. It doesn’t really matter what your preferred brand of noise is, the timeless style and unshakable durability of Doc Martens are forever in style.
A collaborative edition of the 1461 sees Tokyo style mavens Neighborhood infuse the classic style and craftsmanship with their signature brand of forward looking, experimental punk influences. The old-school look of smooth, vintage style leather is offset with modern typography adornment, as 'Filth' and 'Fury,' the phrasing made famous by the tabloid headlines after the Sex Pistols swore on Bill Grundy's talk show, are printed on the left and right vamps, respectively, along with 'NBHD Tokyo' branding.
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