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These boots are made for walking

Dr Martens steps it up for spring/summer 2014

Shoes from the Dr Martens 2014 spring/summer collection. Credit: Dr. Martens 2014

In case you haven’t noticed, the 1990s are back in full force, so strap on your Doc Martens for spring.

Doc Martens were invented by Dr Klaus Martens in the 1940s as comfortable shoes for housewives over the age of 40. In 1960 they relaunched in the United Kingdom as the boots we know and love today; in fact, the original boot launched that year, known as the 1460, is still in production today.

Over the years the brand has spread across the globe and grown to include clothing, luggage and accessories while maintaining a strong connection to the fashion world. In 2012, Dr Martens collaborated with Canadian designer Sid Neigum on his fall/winter runway show, in which his models accessorized Neigum’s garments with Dr Martens Crazy Bomb boots.

For the 2014 spring/summer collection (as seen in the slideshow above), Dr Martens has put together an array of footwear for men and women. Beyond the ever-present classic boot, the company pays homage to its punk heritage. For the men, there’s a stunning black-and-white floral-print boot and shoe with hidden skulls among the roses, as well as graffiti-tagged high tops and a take on the penny loafer.

As for the women, metallics are a huge trend this season. Dr Martens also plays with snakeskin, polka dots and the Union Jack while expanding its classic Mary Jane style with oxblood sandals.

The most notable piece from the collection features one of early Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch’s most-loved masterpieces: Dr Martens has reworked its popular 1461 silhouette to feature a new print of The Garden of Earthly Delights. The original design of the painting has been preserved as much as possible.

Dr Martens’s spring/summer collection is a brilliant way to make a statement with your feet.