UNITED BY SUBCULTURAL HERITAGE: DR. MARTENS X A-COLD-WALL*

UNITED BY SUBCULTURAL HERITAGE: DR. MARTENS X A-COLD-WALL*

by Stella Hughes
2 min
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Dr. Martens has made a huge resurgence in recent years, proving their classic workwear boot is a staple that transcends trends. Now, the footwear’s favourite brand is back with a collaborative capsule, enlisting A-COLD-WALL* to create a black version of the utilitarian shoe.

The classic DM kicks feature a trademark yellow stitch, grooved sole and heel-loop, and were a boot for workers, initially worn by postmen and policemen. Reuniting for another collision of utilitarian design, the brand’s latest collaboration with A-COLD-WALL* is an “architectural reinterpretation” of the iconic 1461 shoe.

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Samuel Ross, founder and creative director of ACW*, explains that the new collab shoe “reflects both brands’ working-class heritage. With aesthetic direction influenced by (Ross’) own upbringing, the immersive approach to design sees our 1461 shoe conjure images of brutalist architecture and utilitarian”.

Stacked on an innovative iced sole, the 1461 Bex ACW shoe is built with a contrasting structural black smooth leather upper. Made with hidden lacing, contrast upper stitching and printed with a silver foil A-COLD-WALL* branding on the quarter, the shoe is cleanly finished with brushed silver metal rivets, a dual branded footbed and a black Smooth leather AirWair heel loop.

The updated 1461 is out now on the ACW* website and will also be available on Dr. Martens’ website from November 6.

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