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Dr. Martens opens December 9 at Bonifacio Global City
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I can’t tell this story enough:
When we were kids we didn’t have the fast fashion you all have right now (read: Forever 21, Zara, Topshop).
Most of the kids had no choice but to dress like their parents (think: Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, Florsheim).
If you really liked fashion, you either had to be rich and shop abroad (as in physically, as there were no online stores then) or you had to be creative and make your own clothes.
During the ’80s we looked up to anything British (or in my case, Japanese and British). Some of the rich kids in U.P. and Ateneo had Dr. Martens shoes, while those of us with no access used army boots or even Gregg shoes.
Would you believe I got my Doc Martens only this year? I actually bought four pairs.
I got the Comme des Garçons x Doc Martens from Tokyo

Comme des Garçons x Doc Martens
Comme des Garçons x Doc Martens

Bought the wedge oxfords online. I wear this a lot

Doc Martens

Because if Lola Rei says Doc Martens are cool, then Doc Martens are cool.

Comme des Garçons x Doc Martens

Says Wiki: Dr. Martens shoes were created by Klaus Märtens, a doctor in the German army during World War II.
In 1945, he injured his ankle while skiing in the Bavarian Alps. Finding had to recover using standard-issue army boots, he designed improvements to the boots, using soft leather and air-padded soles.
When the war ended and some Germans looted valuables from their own cities, Märtens took leather from a cobbler’s shop. With that leather he made himself a pair of boots with air-cushioned soles. (read: nagnakaw siya!)
Fast forward to the early ’70s when skinheads started wearing them, and by the late ’80s, they were popular among punks, New Wavers, and other youth subcultures. (Note: we were into them in 1985 Manila, so the Wiki entry isn’t that accurate.)

Doc Martens

This December 9, 2011, Dr. Martens is set to open its very first concept flagship store in Fort Bonifacio.
The new store promises to stay true to its original British roots with fixtures and furniture one might find in the raw and industrial Northamptonshire, England factory.
It boasts raw brick walls and warm wood flooring, all within a solid steel shipping container.
Look for it at the center of the Fort Strip Plaza.
The flagship store will stock classic models—such as the iconic 1460 8-eye boot—along with newer, modern styles.
The Dr. Martens concept launch is open to the public. Store opens at 1 PM with festivities starting at 8 PM.

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To know more, go to https://www.facebook.com/DrMartensPH or follow them on Twitter.

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Grayceedi

hi just want to know if dm’s 1460 for women is available in fort bonifacio? im interested in buying one. please keep me posted. would appreciate if you have their landline. thanks.

grace

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Pupstarrocks

Dr martens opened its 1st concept store I’m mega mall bldg b in 1994. They had branches in glorietta 2 sm edsa and were available in leading dept stores..under the royal sporting house co.

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Sharline

I owned a pair of DMs when I was in high school, it looked a lot like the one in the second photo. I was extremely fond of them and considered myself lucky, they were the most expensive school shoes I ever had.

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JP Singson

kaaliw ka talaga teh! how are you dear? long time no see. will you be at the opening on dec 9 honey? 

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CVS Reply:

ill be at the press preview siguro

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I never owned a pair of Docs yet but the Mary Janes look cool! (^_^) I think it’s a must to have at least one pair right? Hmmmm … I might get that one hehe.

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I was a Fluevog baby then. 🙂

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CVS Reply:

that’s ’90s 🙂

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omnesia

Kids are really lucky these days because individuality is more accepted and even encouraged. Dati, pag uso ang Lacoste, uso ang Lacoste! Everyone had to have it! And yes, Doc Martens was hot even when I was in HS in the 90s… together with Girbaud and Giordano crew neck t-shirts na kumpleto dapat ang kulay sa rainbow…

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Anonymous

Baggy jeans, Docs and oversized plaid shirt = date uniform throughout the first 2 years of my first relationship. Oh, to be 16, 100 lbs, and get away with anything.

Those wedges look fabulous, btw!

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Carla

DMs were part of my daily uniform back in college, along with ripped jeans and oversized loose shirts. Maybe I should start dressing like that again, if I can still pull it off

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Ganda ng shoes ah! Classic yung design at mamahalin talaga ang dating!

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Anonymous

let’s define ‘original’. just because it’s made in  China, Cambodia, Vietnam or any where here in the far east doesn’t mean they’re not original. most brands have their items made here in the far east but rest assure that when you buy them from the authorized shops you are getting the real deal. in some cases, made in the far east have better craftsmanship because subcontractors here in Asia pay more attention to details. I bought 3 pairs of shoes from Muji–2 are made in China and 1 made in Cambodia. consumers have misconceptions that every thing from Muji is… Read more »

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Time_bound

had my first doc martens when i was in HS. 🙁 nasira dahil nilusong ko sa baha. hahaha parang suede kasi 

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Angelica Uy

I have the mary – janes type of Doc Martens way back in highschool! I got them when I was in second year high school and I was able to wear them till Senior high! tibay and pangharabas na sapatos talaga :))

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I like your wedge!!!
I was one of those who CAN’T afford DMs before… would have loved those mary-janes then.  Hope they have styles for kids! ;))

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Catman38ph

Hey Ms. Van Straten, I still remember your outfits in college…but alas, i was in la coste and crayons hahahah– law.

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lol

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GANDA! CDG pala yung mary janes, but DM made mary janes din nung 90s! 😛

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Jeroen

i was cool in ’96 when i got my maroon docs. 🙂

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I love the first pair and the wedges. 🙂 Laking Gregg din ako because I think yun lang talaga ang naabutan ko. But I remember an older sister having something similar to the Mary Janes. I remember trying them on as a little girl and laughing at how big they were on my feet. Now that sister of mine has the smallest-sized feet among us siblings while I have the biggest one!

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Ma Krishna Jennifer Sonza

I thought they were closing as a brand? DM’s were such a status symbol when I was in school.. and I love that my stepbrother gave me his RED ones which I still have now. (keri lang kahit pang boys. hahaha). .. But dang, I want those maryjanes!

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Anonymous

There used to be a Doc Martens Retail Store in SM City The Blocks in North Edsa a few years back.  I wonder if it is the same because at the time, the salespersons said their Docs were already made in China and that they weren’t the original as the European company had closed down (I didn’t get a chance to verify).  In the later months of the The Blocks store, they sold more shirts than shoes.   Miss C, would you know if this is the original?  If it is, it would be great! Thanks. 🙂  [Reply]CVS Reply:December 5th,… Read more »

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In Daikanyama DC Martens store mixed siya meron hindi made in Europe pero mas mura tapos yung made sa europe mga3 to 5 lapad naman ang price

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i had those mary janes! i wore them to school when i was in pisay 🙂 

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Mel

Reminds me of high school, when I begged my parents to get me a pair (nakikiuso haha). These were so popular in my HS way back then

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janet

i can relate cuz  my sisters and i grew up with GREGG shoes, as well, until the brogue shoes came in fashion even as part of the school uniform in the late ’80s.

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Wow! Good news! I’ve been eyeing the classic doc martens in white online. Wasn’t there a doc martens store here before? In Glorietta (or Quad) if I remember correctly?

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kNeeL Reply:

yes, there was a store in Glorietta before. I remembered because my Dad bought a pair and was a fan of DMs too (Lucky Me!) 🙂

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just looking Reply:

Yes, there was. It was in Glorietta 2 if my memory serves me right.

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yes, there was a store in Glorietta before. I remembered because my Dad bought a pair and was a fan of DMs too (Lucky Me!) 🙂

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just looking

Yes, there was. It was in Glorietta 2 if my memory serves me right.

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great!  buti na lang uuwi ako ng manila.  I hope they have brogue boots.  I need it for my wintar outfeet.  

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