How do I break in my 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 fitIf you normally take a half 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. Whip out the Wonder Balsam
Our Dr. Marten's Wonder Balsam is a must-have shoe care product if you own a pair of Docs. This little pot of gold contains a mix of lanolin, beeswax and coconut oil and a sponge for application. Work it in, regularly, and it will help to soften the leather. It also adds a protective layer and subtle shine to your boots.
3. Wear thick socks and keep your laces tightWearing thick socks will protect your feet + encourage the leather to warm up + soften faster. Keep your laces tight to encourage the boot to mould to your foot and avoid rubbing. Grab some Double Doc socks, created to help break in a pair of Docs with extra padding and blister protection.READ FULL ARTICLE
4. If they're brand new, start with 1-2 hour intervalsBegin 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.
5. Repeat until they're perfect
Follow the mentioned steps above until your boots are soft and shaped to your foot.
Throughout the years, we've heard all sorts... Let us know how you break in yours!
I'm after a specific item, can someone help me?
If you are after a specific item, you can search directly through our website here!
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What is the difference between Dubbin and Wonder Balsam?
To prolong the life of your Docs we recommend investing in our shoe care, they'll even bring your well-worn boots back to their best.
Our Dubbin will give wax or oiled leather boots excellent protection and provide a water-resistant coating. It's also ideal for use on leathers exposed to active outdoor wear. Please note Dubbin is a non-vegan product and is not suitable for use on Vegan docs or suede types. For steps on how to apply it, check out our video here.
Our Wonder Balsam will nourish and keep leather supple, strong and smooth. It'll also help to soften stiff leather and make breaking in a new pair of Docs much easier. Please note Wonder Balsam contains beeswax and is not suitable for use on Vegan docs, patent or suede types. For steps on how to apply it check out our video here.
How do I look after my Docs?
Looking after 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. Put in the groundwork
Before you start, we recommend putting some newspaper down on the floor to avoid any unwanted black marks. Next, grab your kit. You'll need some damp cloths, water, a shoe brush and a tub of Shoe Polish. (depending on the colour of your Docs)
2. Remove the dirt
Your boots will most likely need a bit of a clean before you start polishing. We recommend giving them a good wipe with a damp cloth. Remember to remove your shoelaces and clean them separately. Afterwards, dry your boots with a different cloth.
Handy tip: Bang your boots together a few times to remove any excess mud.
3. Apply shoe polish
Scoop out some polish with a dry cloth and apply a thin layer over the boot (including the tongue). Focus on any areas with scuffs, scratches or marks. Once done, wipe off any excess with a cloth.
Handy tip: You can apply more than one coat of polish if your boots have really been through it - just remember to let the first coat dry before following up with a second layer.
4. Buff to shine
Want your boots to have a nice, sharp shine? Grab your Bristle Brush and get buffing. You can skip this stage if you don't need it.
5. Apply the finishing touches
Almost there. There are a few optional last touches. You can give your newly polished boots a quick spray with our Ultra Protector for that added layer of protection. Alternatively, you can use our Shoe Freshener to remove any unwanted odours. You're done. Your boots should be back to looking their best.
Now to scuff them up again.
Our number one selling shoe care product. Wonder Balsam is Dr. Martens unique blend of natural and synthetic waxes formulated to nourish, condition and protect leather, without polishing. Wonder Balsam protects against water, liquid and salt marks.
Please note: Wonder Balsam will give distressed leathers with a dry, matte finish a different waxed, sheen finish.
A special formula which restores, conditions and protects smooth leathers from rain and stains. A solid wax.
A natural horsehair brush with a wooden handle and a Dr. Martens heel-loop strap — the best for buffing natural leather to shine, and the only one we recommend.
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.
How can I lace my Docs?
Lacing your boots is about much more than keeping them in place. It’s a chance to customise and leave your mark on your footwear. Add some attitude, try some standout laces, and maybe even kick some life into a well-worn pair of boots.
The Straight Bar Lace
Watch the tutorial here.
Get longer laces and added attitude. Try a wraparound if you have excess at the top.
The Cross Lace
Watch the tutorial here.
A good all-rounder that can be finished with a wraparound at the top.
The Ladder Lace
Watch the tutorial here.
The Ladder Lace is military-style lacing, seriously strong and great if your Docs feel a bit roomy.
The item I want is sold out, will there be a restock?
Yes, we occasionally receive restocks of short-run releases, however, we unfortunately won't be able to inform you if and when, we will be restocking in a specific style.
We recommend that you take advantage of our current in-stock range, and keep up to date with new releases and restocks by joining our mailing list.
Simply scroll to the bottom of our website and enter your email address.
You can also keep watch on our social media channels or on our blog here.
Additionally, you can add the style or size to your Wish List. Create an account and click the heart icon on the product page and you will be notified if we get a restock.
Please note: that we don't have a preorder system and are unable to place single unit orders for sold out items.
Thanks for showing your interest, we have our fingers crossed for a restock for you in the near future!READ FULL ARTICLE
Does Docs offer resole or repair services?
Unfortunately, we do not have the facility to offer resoling or repair services directly through Dr. Martens.
We recommend enquiring with your local cobbler for any repairs.
If you believe your product has damage due to a manufacturing fault, please see here for instructions on initiating an assessment.
Please note that your Docs are uniquely manufactured with heat-fused construction between the sole and Goodyear welted upper. This is to make certain the durability and comfort is supreme, however, it does make sole replacements and repairs difficult.
Do you stock vegan Docs?
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. Our vegan alternative to our smooth original leather - it's called Felix. It's technically known as microfiber and is a polymer-synthetic material.
Please note: Opting for canvas & natural rubber styles is a good way to go, but unfortunately (unless expressly marked ‘Vegan’), we can’t account for all materials used in the shoe. As an example, animal by-product traces can occasionally be found in glue.
How do I look after my Vegan Docs?
Our entire vegan range is made of vegan-friendly synthetic material, with zero traces of animal byproducts.
Our Vegan Docs are typically easier to break-in. Need a more in-depth guide on how to break in your Docs? Check out our guide here.
To maintain vegan leather, don't let your boots sit wet/drying in direct sunlight for too long.
To help keep them clean, use light soapy water or a standard wet wipe.