Broken In

Dr. Martens is documenting the brand’s storied heritage inside a limited edition zine
By Ella Joyce | Fashion | 6 April 2023

A cultural icon of the past six decades, Dr. Martens are firmly engrained in the tapestry of British identity. Worn on foot by skinheads in the late 60s, punks in the 70s, goths in the 80s, ravers in the 90s and now a staple in nearly everyones wardrobes – DM’s have well and truly seen it all. To anthologise such a rich heritage, the British brand are joining forces with contemporary culture magazine Original Shift to create a zine titled Broken In.

Calling on the Museum of Youth Culture to browse their extensive archive of youth photographed in Dr. Martens silhouettes, the zine compiles exclusive imagery to unearth the brand’s intrinsic links to subcultures and music genres transcending decades. Worn on dance floors across the globe with speakers blasting everything from punk and rock ‘n’ roll to two-tone and ska, the iconic shoes are synonymous with building communities based on rebellious spirit and individuality.

Continuing to uphold such reputation, Broken In is spotlighting the next generation of free thinkers, presenting voices who the brand believe have something important to say. From London-born story telling rapper Jeshi, to No Signal Radio’s Ghadir Mustafa, Last Pick founder Koen Prince-Fraser and British-Iranian documentary maker and photographer Aria Shahrokhshahi. Each tailor the classic 1460 and 1461 silhouettes to fit their individual style, building a personal narrative as they recall unique experiences shared with the brand.

To ensure the project leaves a legacy, Original Shift will be invited to include their works within the Museum of Youth Culture’s archive, cementing themselves as a reference point for the future generations. In an ongoing to attempt to secure the careers of young creatives, Dr. Martens and Museum of Youth Culture will also be partnering to introduce a new bursary scheme to fund the next generation of innovators.

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