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.