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The New Dr. Martens Collection Cuts Weight, Not Style

With a new sole, DM’s Lites are ready for new generation.

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Chase Pellerin

Dr. Martens have been a mainstay of the boot world for over a half century, producing hard-wearing boots in the UK since 1960. Their iconic eight-eyelet, leather boots have attracted everyone from postmen and police officers to punks and musicians. Known for their minimalist styling offset by a rugged rubber sole with yellow stitching, the brand made few changes to their original designs until recently. Now, Dr. Martens has modernized their collection and is offering a ultra-lightweight version of three classic silhouettes.

The new collection features a slim-but-durable rubber outsole paired with a light, flexible midsole. The footbed, a moisture-wicking SoftWair memory foam insole, adds another layer of comfort. Though their composition and construction are new, the soles still feature the famous yellow stitching and grooved sidewalls of classic Dr. Martens.

Available in three styles, DM’s Lite offers something for every occasion. The Newton Eight-Eye boot features a premium leather upper, triple-stitch construction for durability and a AirWair-branded pull tab on the heel. Low-top offerings — the Cavendish three-eye shoe (a derby) and the Edison tassel loafer — are casual and more fashionable styles. Paying homage to the origins of the brand, each silhouette is available in both Black and Cherry Red leather.

From their invention in 1945 by German doctor Klaus Märtens, to their production in the 1960s in Northamptonshire, to their association with grunge scene in America, the history of Dr. Martens is a history of international currents. While staying true to the original aesthetic, DM’s Lite propels the brand forward, offering classic styles in modern weights. With this new appeal, Dr. Martens ensures their boots will be on the feet of the generation of rebels, freethinkers and individuals.

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