About Velvet Dr Martens
Dr. Martens (also known as Doc Martens, DMs or just Docs) is a British footwear brand that has been heavily associated with various youth subcultures, from the skinheads of the 1970s to the emos of today.
The company's first boots in 1960 were based on the patent of a Dr. Klaus Märtens who made his air-padded soles out of tyres (later to become the British-patented AirWair). Produced by their factory on Cobbs Lane in Wollaston, Northamptonshire, these were the 1460 style, an eight-eyelet design in Ox Blood leather.
There are now many different varieties of Dr. Martens boot, as well as more versatile slip-ons and loafers, in a range of styles and materials.
Velvet is particularly appreciated by those who love the way Docs look but find the stiff leather uncomfortable. They have a less clunky, more refined appearance, while maintaining the original AirWair sole for comfort. Ordering in a smaller size than usual is advisable due to the possibility of the fabric stretching.
The Floren boot is part of the Kensington Collection, which aims for sophistication by using classic materials and designs. These boots are slip-on with elasticated gussets, in the style of those worn by English country gents. A more dainty slip-on is the Marie from the Poise collection, a pump-style shoe with classical floral patterning.
Other women's styles available in velvet include Evan in black Ze You velvet and Castel in floral designs.
Although Dr. Martens in velvet may be more associated with women, the Marvel in particular is well liked by fashion forward men. This is a direct facsimile of the original eight-eyelet 1460 boot in crushed velvet, and is available in classic black or ox blood.