Dr. Martens Leona Boot
The Leona Boot from Dr. Martens boasts an array of rugged features. It showcases a commando tread, an extra-empowering platform sole with a chunky heel, antiqued brass tunnel eyelets, and a sleek silhouette. Crafted with Vintage Smooth, a retro interpretation of the brand’s signature smooth leather featuring a subtle grained effect and contrasting base color, this boot is an embodiment of rebellious comfort.
The origins of Dr. Martens trace back to 1945 near Munich, Germany, when Dr. Klaus Maertens, recovering from a skiing accident, devised a shoe with an air-cushioned sole for enhanced walking comfort. Utilizing old rubber tires, he crafted soles with enclosed air compartments. Collaborating with engineer Dr. Herbert Funck, they developed and produced these shoes. Initially named Dr. Maertens, the shoes gained popularity in Germany. In 1959, recognizing the need for global distribution, they formed a company.
Facing skepticism initially, the revolutionary air-cushioned sole found a home with the R. Griggs Group in Wollaston, England. The first cherry red eight-eyelet work boot, named 1460, was born on April 1, 1960, under the anglicized name Dr. Martens. Branded as AirWair, these boots became iconic, featuring visible stitching, grooved sides, and a scripted heel-loop. Dr. Martens Leona Boot, with a platform height of 1.5″ and a heel height of 2″, continues to embody the classic Doc’s DNA. The sole remains slip-resistant, abrasion-resistant, and resistant to oil and fat.