Red Ankle Boots
The brand is characterized by air-cushioned sole, dubbed Bouncing Soles ('robust soles'), developed by the German doctor Klaus Martens. The red ankle boots have been especially popular among writers, skinheads and punks. Klaus Martens was a doctor in the Wehrmacht during the Second World War. While the war ended in 1945, he injured his red ankle boots while skiing in the Bavarian Alps. He noticed that his red ankle boots were standard army too uncomfortable for the injured foot. While recuperating, he designed improvements to the boots, with supple leather soles with air. When the war ended and some Germans stole valuables in their own cities, Dr. Maertens took leather from a cobbler's shop. With that leather he made himself a pair of red ankle boots with the now-famous air-cushioned soles. Maertens did not have much luck selling his shoes until he was reunited with an old university friend, Dr. Herbert Funck, in Munich in 1947. A curiosity was awakened Funck new design of the boot and the two went into business that year in Seeshaupt, Germany, using discarded rubber from Luftwaffe airfields. The comfortable and durable soles were a big hit among housewives, 80 percent of sales were to women over age 40. Sales had grown so in 1952 they opened a factory in Munich. In 1959, the company had progressed so far that Martens and Funck consider selling in the international footwear market. Almost immediately, the British shoe manufacturer R. Griggs Group Ltd. bought the patent rights to manufacture shoes in the United Kingdom. Giggs turned into English the name (the name changed Maertens red ankle boots to Martens, and the latter was more commercial), slightly amended the heel to carve better, added the trademark yellow stitching and marketed as AIRW soles. The first boots Dr. Martens came out on April 1, 1960, cherry red design, Napa leather and eight eyes to get the laces. They were popular among workers such as postmen, policemen and factory workers. In the late 60's, skinheads heed Dr. Martens red ankle boots and street gangs made cherry red boots, her trademark. Of particular interest is the practice of polishing polish red red ankle boots with black. In the mid 70's, Dr. Martens red ankle boots were popular stars of British punk rock and it seems that soon many punk fans moving walkways. The red ankle boots and shoes at that time became known among some other youth subcultures. Already in the XXI century, Dr. Martens are sold exclusively under the name AIRW in different styles, including traditional black boots, sandals or red ankle boots with steel toe. On April 1, 2003 the company stopped all production Dr. Martens in the UK, eliminating more than 1,000 jobs. All Dr. Martens footwear produced then became People's Republic of China and Thailand. With this change also came the end of the line pro-vegetarian products made without leather, which occurred since January 2000. Meanwhile, many punks and skins have turned to boot makers of competition such as Grinders, Gripfast and Rangers. . . .