Dr. Martens has become everyone’s go-to, no-nonsense boot brand over the years, regardless of wealth, status, or tastes. It’s the one leather shoe and boot brand you’re just as likely to see on the feet of Tyler, the Creator, or Irina Shayk, as you are on the feet of your college professor, friends, or waiter at a restaurant.
That’s because the brand appeals to people from different walks of life for several key reasons. First and foremost, Dr. Martens has an incredibly varied offering of boots and leather shoes, ranging from classic and understated mainline shoes to loud and colorful collaborations. You can get your Dr. Martens with or without accessories, and you can choose to signal your affiliation with another subculture or stay under the radar depending on the Dr. Martens you end up choosing.
Then there’s the fact that after wearing them in Dr. Martens are some of the most comfortable boots on the market. For many, they’re the perfect segue between sneakers and leather shoes. Finally, the price point is unbeatable, often retailing for the same price as sneakers and well under the price for other popular boot brands, let alone luxury boot brands.
If you’re ready to pick up a pair but are relatively new to the brand, it can be a bit of a challenge imagining how they’ll fit into your rotation, or how to style them. To help ease your angst, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favorite celebrities in Dr. Martens, so you can steal their look or get inspired.
Our favorite celebrities show you how to style Dr. Martens
Tyler, the Creator
Tyler is wearing the classic Oxfords in a muted green colorway, pairing them with white tube socks and shorts that mirror the colorway of his Docs. A clean white shirt and his trusty bike round out a look that is smart, but casual enough for LA. Tyler’s fit also shows that you shouldn’t be scared to rock a pair of Dr. Martens when it’s a little warmer out, as they go just as well with shorts, as they do with pants.
Bella Hadid was snapped in New York City wearing what looks like a pair of slip-on Oxfords that feature an extra buckle and strap that runs across the forefoot and below the sides of the ankle. The shoe is a classic with a twist, which she combines very well with a monotone, matching outfit.
Bella’s sister Gigi is wearing the classic lace-up boot, laced all the way up. By the looks of it, Hadid’s Dr. Martens are well-worn in, proving that the boot is a staple for celebrities and us normal people alike. Her outfit plays with a little more contrast than her sister’s, and the subtle black boots are the perfect cherry on top of the cream that is Gigi’s fit.
Highsnobiety darling Frank Ocean also looks to be wearing a pair of lace-up boots, albeit underneath a pair of formal pants, which he’s paired with a suit and beanie. The formal look works really well, unsurprisingly. So next time you’re supposed to wear a suit and are debating whether to go full formal leather shoes or try and make sneakers work, why not opt for a pair of Dr. Martens instead? It’s pretty much the best of both worlds.
Highsnobiety’s most recent cover star, Irina Shayk, goes down the same route as Gigi Hadid, pairing the lace-up boot with ripped, light denim jeans and a vintage Britney Spears t-shirt. Her Dr. Martens look even more beat up than Hadid’s, further proving the point that Dr. Martens just get better with age — both from a comfort and an aesthetic POV.
Russell Westbrook pt. 1
Russell Westbrook is known for being one of the most fashion-obsessed NBA players. He’s got own collection with Acne Studios, and his personal style can only be described as out-there. In the above fit, Westbrook pairs a patent leather lace-up boot with a more casual outfit than Frank Ocean’s. We’ll give the pants a pass, as we’re not fully convinced by the knee pads, but the vintage band tee and fuzzy shirt are definitely a vibe.
Russell Westbrook pt. 2
This Westbrook fit is more to our liking from head to toe, as he opts for a pair of Oxford Dr. Martens this time around, and pairs them with an all-black outfit. The cropped pants, the big jacket, and even the balaclava all work seamlessly together. With this fit, Westbrook is making a case for having multiple Dr. Martens in the rotation. Also peep the modified lacing system on Westbrook’s Docs.
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