Dr. Martens 1460 Black BEX Platform 8-Eye Boot
- Constructed on Dr. Martens extra-chunky, extra-rugged Bex sole, this minimalist version of our original boot takes decades of subcultural heritage to the 1460 Black BEX Platform 8-Eye Boot.
- Polished Smooth leather upper of the BEX Platform 8-Eye Boot is made from the original Dr. Martens super durable leather that has a smooth finish and is polished to a high shine.
- BEX Platform 8-Eye Boot outsole is built on the extra-chunky, extra-rugged Bex sole for a minimalist look that will keep you steady on your feet all day long.
- The Dr. Martens 1460 BEX Platform 8-Eye Boot stays true to its iconic design with an added lift in the sole for even greater stability and style.
We also carry the Dr. Martens Wonder Balsam Shoe Polish for your 1460 Black BEX Platform 8-Eye Boot!
Dr. Martens History
Starting in 1901, the small company began in Wollaston, Northamptonshire in the English Midlands. They were at the location of the epicenter of the English shoe industry and for six decades the footwear earned a solid reputation as sturdy, durable work boots.
In 1945, a 25-year-old soldier, while trying to heal from a broken foot, created a unique air-cushioned sole, opposed from traditional rough leather sole, to aid his recovery. Using a salvaged cobbler’s last and a needle, he made a prototype shoe and revealed it to an old university friend and mechanical engineer.
Both then became great business partners by using disused military supplies and began producing their shoes with unique soles. By 1947 they began formal production and within a decade they had a great going business, despite mainly selling to older women. In 1959, they decided it was time to advertise their revolutionary footwear invention in overseas magazines.
Several different licenses were acquired and a few characteristic changes were made, including an altered heel, a bulbous but simple upper, a distinctive yellow welt stitch, a two tone grooved sole edge and a unique sole pattern. The new boots were now branded as ‘Airwair’ and came distinctly with a black and yellow heel loop representing the brand name and the slogan “With Bouncing Soles” which was printed based on the manufacturer's own handwriting. The date they were first created, April 1st, 1960, the eight-eyed 1460 Dr. Martens boot had mad its first arrival.
The decade in which the Dr. Martens boot was created, there was an eccentric wave of change, new ideas, cultural explosion and eventually social revolution. This radical era also witnessed flamboyant and often exotic fashions and styles, an odd period of time for the birth of such a functional work-boot.
Without any insight as to why or how, Dr. Martens were suddenly picked up by early multi-cultural, ska-loving skinheads – who proudly championed British working class style. Shortly after, Pete Townshend of The Who became the first high profile individual to wear Dr. Martens as a symbol of his own working class pride and rebellious attitude. Doing so enabled both first generation skinheads and Townshend to alter the course of the brand’s history.
While Britain was constantly pursed by anti-government riots and social resentment, youth culture managed to rise up from the streets with yet more highly visual and individual tribes such as psychobilly, grebo and scooter boys.
Without music, Dr. Martens would have remained a workwear boot. The music of tribes who wear Dr. Martens has become inseparable from the brand itself.