A star is born.

By Tara Gonzalez
Updated Feb 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
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The only thing consistent about New York Fashion Week is a pair of Dr. Martens. This season, the show schedule was missing names like Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, and Pyer Moss. Designers like Rachel Comey opted for a dinner party instead of a runway whereas Brandon Maxwell took over the Museum of Natural History. Tom Ford skipped New York altogether and showed in Los Angeles. Last year, the shows fell during Valentine’s Day and this year, they coincided with the Oscars. But just like every season, Dr. Martens RSVP’d.

Seeing a pair of Dr. Martens at a runway show is like a Gigi or Bella Hadid sighting. You just know they’ll be there. You can bet on it. And of course chances are that either (or both) supermodel sister will be wearing a pair backstage or on their way to the show. That’s because Dr. Martens have got it.

Shortly after the boots’ conception, they quickly became a symbol for counter culture. Skinheads incorporated platform Dr. Martens boots and simple creepers as a key element of their unofficial uniform. The Sex Pistols wore them on stage. And finally, in 1992 Marc Jacobs gave them the fashion world’s stamp of approval by bringing them to the runway along with grunge for his Perry Ellis Spring/Summer ‘93 collection. Well, at least he tried.

The show was panned by critics, including Cathy Horyn, then of The New York Times, who would take back her statement years later. The truth was that Jacobs could see where fashion was going and he was right. When he recently re-released the collection in 2018, key pieces sold out. Dr. Martens, along with the grunge aesthetic, are now ever-present at fashion week. The boot brand has since collaborated with high-profile designers and brands like Raf Simons, Vetements, and Off-White. And while Dr. Martens are beloved for seamlessly working with any outfit, they’re often hard to miss on the runway.

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This season, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund runner-up Jonathan Cohen collaborated with Dr. Martens to make creepers and boots dripped in sustainably sourced Swarovski crystals. Other brands like Private Policy opted for a more toned look which is understandable when you’re also working with tie-dye knits and garments made of inflatable pink balloons. Regardless of how they were styled, Dr. Martens were featured in 12 runway collections this past season. Last year the number was the same. So while the fate of NYFW is still unclear, one thing is for certain: Dr. Martens are pleasantly predictable and we’ll be seeing them on the runway again and again and again.

Shop the best-selling pairs of Dr. Martens below.

Dr. Martens Jadon Boot

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Dr. Martens Jadon Hi Platform Boot

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Dr. Martens Flora Chelsea Boot

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Dr. Martens 8065 Mary Jane

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Dr. Martens Clarissa II Platform Sandal

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