Dr Marten’s shop window

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Dr Marten’s shop window, originally uploaded by renaissancechambara.

Dr Marten’s shop window on Neal Street caught my eye with its display of colourful metallic finish boots.

The display took the Dr Marten’s boot out of the its heritage as a work shoe, beloved of the various different tribes under the broad church of skinhead culture and the long-suffering footwear of the community policeman.

It is unrecognisable as the footwear of choice for indie kids and the Skins in Gavin Watson’s iconic pictures.

Air Wair was the shoe of choice for the Mod-revival loving kids that I knew in Merseyside though I never saw the attraction of boots myself until I took to wearing Timberland boots to stave off cold wet feet on the warehouse party scene.