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The Quest for Docs

Apparently, at some point in the last decade, Doc Martens began outsourcing some of its production, which led to many Oh Noes on Teh Internetz. Also, trusted sources have told me that even the so-called "vintage" style now uses a narrower last and different insoles, which might mean I can't fit my orthotics inside a new pair. Also the "vintage" shoes now cost nearly twice what they did a decade ago. Despite that, after briefly considering a pair of Solovairs instead, I decided that I would not give up just yet. This decision was helped along by arrival of a belated check in payment for many blog posts.

I only want a pair of black 1461 oxfords that are just like my last pair, purchased in 2000? 2001? and only this year beginning to leak a little at the toes. The "bouncing soles" are rubbed almost flat in certain places, as well. I am not complaining - this is after a decade or more of heavy wear!

The solution is easy, now that we have a Doc Martens store in Philly, not that far from where I live. I will *gasp* actually try on pairs of Docs to see if they are suitable. Another Docs-wearing friend and I are going on an expedition tonight after work for this purpose.

I will report back.

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ratphooey
Feb. 28th, 2013 05:31 pm (UTC)
Can they not be resoled?
oracne
Feb. 28th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
Not sure - am going to ask at the store.
ratphooey
Feb. 28th, 2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
yagathai
Feb. 28th, 2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
Vaya con dios.
oracne
Feb. 28th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks.
tyellas
Feb. 28th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
Good luck! This reminds me of the time a friend visiting me in NZ left a pair of Doc Martens that had been worn to death with me. She couldn't bear throwing them away herself...
oracne
Feb. 28th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
I can still remember giving away my first pair. They cost $80 (on sale) when that much money was a huge deal. But they lasted 8-9 years.
nifwitch
Feb. 28th, 2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
Mine never lasted that long. I wear out the soles of all my shoes really unevenly, leading to ankle-twisting and even more uneven wear. But they did last a good long while.
oracne
Mar. 1st, 2013 01:55 pm (UTC)
I recall that these lasted unusually long because I didn't wear them every single day like my first pair; I would switch off with Danskos.
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