There is a first time for everything and for many people their first pair of Dr. Martens is a memorable moment in time, an opening statement of self-expression and creativity. Over the past 50 years Dr. Martens boots and shoes haven't changed - the original styles are still simple, versatile, functional and stylish all at the same time. Dr. Martens air-cushioned sole, designed by German inventor, Dr. Klaus Maertens, was engineered primarily to meet the specific need of providing additional support and comfort for his broken foot. The Dr. Martens boot, manufactured by R Griggs and Co, British boot makers, with its trademark yellow stitch, grooved sole and heel-loop, was a boot for workers; comfortable, durable and lightweight in comparison to its competitors at the time. Initially worn by postmen, policemen and everyday workers, the boots were adopted, customised and used as a tribal emblem by successive subcultures, decade after decade each twisting and subverting the boot and shoes to meet their own individual identity.