After much soul searching, I’ve bought a new pair of black shoes. This was a big deal for me, partly because I so badly resent buying work clothes, but also because the last black shoes I bought lasted 6years, so I wanted to get it right.
This is something of a departure from my normal blogging but I am starting to develop a fetish for these shoes.
I’m an engineer first and a public servant second and I was in the market for work shoes. They pretty much had to be black, because I have to, begrudgingly, wear a suit some times. I also wanted them to last for a long time, mostly because I despise shopping so thoroughly.
Enter Doc Marten’s: For Life
Now this was an idea I could get behind.
Doc’s do a range of ‘For Life’ shoes’ they use a higher quality leather, better, welded construction and (allegedly) better shoe laces. But, beyond all this they guarantee to repair or replace them FOREVER, for the meagre premium of about $50 US.
The range is limited to the ‘School Shoes’ Docs and the classic 8-hole boot, in black and brown.
I, of course, bought the 8-hole boots.
I’ve had these for a few months now, and have worn them literally every day. Straight out of the box the leather is beautiful and supple, quite different to their normal leather which is quite stiff and blister inducing in the early days.
No one is importing them into Australia, and my local shop were too weak to even consider getting a pair in for me. Fine, it was cheaper to buy them from the US and fly them over than buying the regular Docs anyway. This meant a tiny bit of a gamble on the sizing though. I tried on a pair of the normal 8-holes in my local and got the size, then ordered them, figuring they’d be about the same.
Not quite. When ever I’ve bought boots in the past (mostly for hiking) length has been the most important factor, and yes, the length of these is spot on. But, it seems that they are higher over the top of the foot, so the perfect length boot was really sloppy; bit of a problem. I fiddled around with different inner soles and thick socks, which has got the fit right now. Also, previous experience in Canberra suggests that the absurd dry weather shrinks leather boots; my Blundstones have become oddly figure hugging since we arrived here. So I think they’ll get there.
I haven’t had any dramas breaking them in, the soft leather meant no pressure points.
The laces though are terrible. I’ve broken both of the original laces already and the second pair (which came free) is already looking shonky. They’ve used a waxed cotton, which kind of suits the ‘feel‘ of the boots, but it’s a terrible material choice. Boot laces should be nylon. This is not negotiable.
Overall though, I’m really happy with them. People have stopped arguing with me in meetings, scared by my short hair cut and Bovver Boy Boots. This is useful in the APS I tell you. They’re smart enough to wear in the office, cool enough for the pub later and would pair nicely with some leather pants, should the need ever arise.