How do I know what size I am?
Need help finding the right size Docs? Use our size guide to help you determine the best fit for your feet. Our iconic original styles like the 1460 8-Eye boot tend to run a little wider, so we recommend ordering a size down.
To ensure you choose the correct size for your feet we recommend you follow the method described here.
*Please note that Dr. Martens products are by default in UK sizing.To measure your size is better if you are helped by a second person.
- Put a sheet of paper along the wall and fixed to the floor using scotch tape.
- Then you stand over the paper, you must be standing straight, wearing socks, heels and back against the wall and feet together.
- Draw the outline of both feet and draw the straight line where the silhouette is longer. Draw another line parallel to 0.5 cm from this line (and the clearance is measured).
- Finally, measure the distance from the wall to the second line you have drawn (both feet do not have to be the same length).
- This will be your reference to know your shoe size.
When you find a Dr Marten that you like, simply select your preferred size metric (US/EU/UK) and choose your size. If you are unsure of which size is right for you, here are some helpful tips:
Already own a pair of Docs?
Generally sizing tends to be standard across all Docs, although sizes can vary slightly depending on the style, shape, and material of the shoe. The size of the pair that you already own is a good guide!
Use product information and reviews.
Certain styles can run a size larger or smaller. We’ll include this information on the product page when we have this information available, and often, fellow shoppers will leave reviews with size information that you can use.
Please find cm size conversions below.
How to break in your Docs
Breaking in your Docs will take time and patience, but everyone goes through it. Read on to discover the ways to make this rite of passage go smoothly - we've got you covered.
1. Get the perfect fit.
If you normally take half a size, we recommend sizing down. The boots should feel tight but not uncomfortable! If the boot feels uncomfortable when you try it on, especially in the width, then it is too small. Docs will soften and stretch as you wear them in! You can check out our size guide for more information.
2. Wear thick socks and keep your laces tight.
Wearing thick socks will protect your feet + encourage the leather to warm up + soften faster. We have a great range of Doc socks to help you achieve this. The "Double Doc Sock" features extra padding in all the classic friction points — like at the back of the heel and ankle — and now comes with arch support and a new blister protection system in the lining, meaning no blisters! Keep your laces tight to encourage the boot to mould to your foot + avoid rubbing.
3. If they're brand new, start with 1-2 hour intervals.
Begin by wearing your Docs around the house for short periods of time. Don't attempt a festival or long walk the first time you wear them! Some leathers stretch quicker than others, Nappa, Carpathian and Virginia are some great soft leather options!
4. Repeat until they're perfect.
Follow the mentioned steps above until your boots are soft and shaped to your foot. Then, you're good to go wherever!
4. Wonder Balsam.
To help speed up the process, we recommend using our Wonder Balsam! This little pot of gold contains a mix of lanolin, beeswax and coconut oil to help soften the leather. It also adds a protective layer and subtle shine to your boots.
Throughout the years, we've heard all sorts! Stuffing boots full of wet newspaper, putting them in the freezer, showering in them! How do you break in yours?READ FULL ARTICLE
How do I look after my Docs?
Have your Docs lasting years with regular shoe care. We've kept it simple, just follow these tips below.
Our number one selling shoe care product. Wonder Balsam is Dr. Martens unique blend of coconut oil, lanolin, and beeswax. The natural ingredients clean and protect leather to keep it soft and supple. Wonder Balsam protects against water, liquid and salt marks.
TOP TIP: USE A DAMP CLOTH TO REMOVE ANY DIRT AND APPLY THIS GENEROUSLY. IT REALLY IS WONDERFUL.
A natural wax formula which can be used to preserve greasy, oily and waxy leather. Apply a generous heap onto a new pair of boots to speed up the breaking in process.
TOP TIP: USE A WASHING UP CLOTH TO APPLY SO YOU AVOID ANY UNWANTED STRAY FIBRES STICKING TO YOUR BOOTS.
A special formula which restores, conditions and protects smooth leathers from rain and stains. A solid wax.
TOP TIP: COVER SCUFFED TOES WITH BLACK POLISH OR LAYER OVER CHERRY RED LEATHER FOR A BURNISHED LOOK.
A solid wax paste formula which nourishes leather to keep it soft and supple. Our polish provides effective rain and stain resistance and buffs quickly to a high shine for use on smooth leathers.
TOP TIP: JUST APPLY A COATING, WIPE OFF EXCESS AND BUFF WITH A BRUSH TO SHINE.
Dr. Martens Cherry Red Smooth leather. Our dark cherry polish comes in a solid paste consistency and restores colour as well as nourishes the leather. Just apply a coating, wipe off excess, and buff with a brush to shine.
This non-aerosol spray creates a breathable layer of protection against dirt, rain, UV rays and stains. Safe to use on any colour of leather, suede nubuck, nylon or canvas.
TOP TIP: SPRAY GENEROUSLY OVER YOUR DOCS FROM 8-10 INCHES AWAY FOR ULTIMATE PROTECTION.
Do you stock any vegan products?
Yes, we do! We stock both vegan and non-vegan products at Dr. Martens
If you’re looking to purchase any cruelty-free products, simply head over to the search bar at the top of the page and type in ‘vegan’. This will bring up our vegan range.
Alternatively, you can browse our entire vegan range here.
Our vegan range contains two core materials. One called "Felix" which is a vegan alternative to our smooth original leather. It's technically known as microfiber and is a polymer-synthetic material.
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How can I find out what materials an item is made from?
Generally, all material and design information can be found in or under the product description page.
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