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Dr. Martens, the iconic British footwear brand, has a long-standing history that's deeply rooted in British culture. Over time, the brand's manufacturing strategy has seen a significant shift, with some products now being produced overseas. As a result, there's an ongoing debate among Dr. Martens' fans regarding the quality difference between UK-made and overseas-made boots. In this blog, we'll delve into this topic and provide a guide on how to get your hands on your preferred Dr. Martens boots, no matter where they're made, through

The Quality Debate: UK-Made vs. Overseas-Made Dr. Martens

UK-made Dr. Martens, often referred to as "Made in England" (MIE), are produced in the original Wollaston factory in Northamptonshire, England. They are well-known for their meticulous craftsmanship, higher-quality leather, and traditional "Goodyear welt" construction method. Many customers have testified that MIE boots are more durable and comfortable over time, justifying their higher price tag compared to overseas-made boots.

Conversely, overseas-made Dr. Martens are manufactured primarily in Asia, in countries like China and Thailand. The quality of these boots, while perhaps not as prestigious as their UK counterparts, is still high and follows the brand's guidelines and standards. They use the same distinctive air-cushioned soles, but often the leather used is softer, requiring less break-in time. Moreover, overseas-made Dr. Martens are generally more affordable.

Global Shopping & International Shipping with

No matter which version of Dr. Martens you prefer, can assist you in purchasing your favorite boots and shipping them to your doorstep. Here's how:

  1. Register with Reship: Sign up

    for a free Reship account to get your unique UK address.

  2. Shop for Dr. Martens: Visit your chosen online store, be it the official Dr. Martens site

    or other UK retailers. During checkout, use your Reship UK address as your shipping address.

  3. Reship Your Parcel: Once your shoes arrive at the Reship UK warehouse, we'll notify you. Choose your preferred shipping method, pay the shipping fees, and we'll reship your boots to your international location.

Whether you're a fan of the time-honored craftsmanship of UK-made Dr. Martens or you prefer the convenience and affordability of overseas-made boots, one thing is sure: With, you can enjoy your favorite Dr. Martens style no matter where you are in the world.

UK-based retailers where you can purchase Dr. Martens:

  1. Dr. Martens Official Store: The brand's official store carries the most extensive selection of Dr. Martens shoes, including the classic 1460 boots, sandals, vegan shoes, and the "Made in England" range. Shop here

  2. ASOS: ASOS carries a good range of Dr. Martens shoes for men and women, from the classic boots to more recent styles. Shop here

  3. Office: Office offers a variety of Dr. Martens styles, including boots, shoes, and sandals.

    Shop here

  4. Schuh: Schuh also stocks a wide range of Dr. Martens footwear for men, women, and children. Shop here

  5. Zalando: Zalando provides a variety of Dr. Martens styles and often runs sales on selected styles. Shop here

Remember, when shopping from these UK retailers, you can use your Reship UK address as your delivery address, allowing you to easily ship your purchases to your location anywhere in the world. With Reship, you can select from several reliable UK carrier options for your international shipments. Each offers various services that might differ in delivery speed, cost, tracking services, and reliability. Here are some of the carriers you can use with Reship:

  1. Royal Mail: Royal Mail is the UK's designated Universal Postal Service Provider, offering a variety of international shipping services. With Royal Mail's International Standard service, the aim is to deliver to European countries within 3 to 5 business days and worldwide within 5 to 7 business days. Their International Tracked & Signed services offer full tracking, signature on delivery, and online delivery confirmation.

    Check services here

  2. ParcelForce Worldwide: ParcelForce is part of the Royal Mail Group and specializes in courier and package delivery. They offer various services like Global Priority which aims to deliver worldwide within 1-3 working days and Global Value for less urgent items delivered within 5-9 working days.

    Check services here

  3. DHL Express: DHL is a leading global courier and logistics company known for its fast and reliable international shipping services. DHL's international services usually deliver within 1-4 business days, depending on the destination.

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  4. FedEx: FedEx is an internationally recognized courier offering a range of shipping services. FedEx International Priority service usually delivers within 1-3 business days, while the International Economy service delivers within 2-5 business days.

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  5. UPS: UPS is a major global package delivery company. UPS's Worldwide Express Saver service delivers by the end of the next business day to Canada and the second business day to Europe and Latin America. UPS's Worldwide Expedited service delivers within two business days to Canada and within two to five business days to all other destinations.

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Please note that these delivery times are estimated and can vary based on factors like customs procedures, weather conditions, and other unforeseen circumstances. It's always best to check with the individual carrier for the most accurate information regarding delivery times and services.

FAQs About Doc Martens

1. Are UK made Doc Martens better?

UK-made Doc Martens are often perceived as superior due to their traditional manufacturing techniques and use of high-quality materials. They are part of the "Made in England" collection, which adheres to the brand's original construction process.

2. Do they still make Doc Martens in the UK?

Yes, Doc Martens still manufactures a selection of their footwear in the UK, specifically in their original factory in Wollaston, Northamptonshire. These are marketed under the "Made in England" range.

3. What is the UK equivalent of Doc Martens?

In terms of iconic British footwear brands with a similar heritage and punk culture association, Solovair is often considered a close equivalent. Solovair was the original manufacturer of Dr. Martens boots before production was moved.

4. Why are Doc Martens so expensive?

Doc Martens are priced higher due to their durable construction, quality materials, and iconic brand status. The "Made in England" line, in particular, is more expensive due to its adherence to traditional manufacturing processes.

5. When did they stop making Dr. Martens in England?

Mass production of standard Dr. Martens lines moved out of England in 2003. However, the brand continues to manufacture its premium "Made in England" collection at the original Wollaston factory.

6. How long do Dr Martens made in England last?

With proper care, Made in England Dr. Martens can last many years. Some wearers report their boots lasting over a decade, thanks to the quality of craftsmanship and materials.

7. Why do my Dr Martens say made in China?

To meet global demand and offer products at a variety of price points, Dr. Martens has diversified its manufacturing to include factories in countries like China, Vietnam, and Thailand. The standard and vegan ranges are often produced in these locations.

8. Who is Doc Martens' biggest competitor?

Doc Martens' biggest competitors include other durable footwear brands like Timberland, Solovair, and Red Wing Shoes, which also emphasize quality and have a strong cultural following.

9. How can you tell if Dr Martens are real?

Authentic Dr. Martens have distinctive markings, such as the "AirWair" loop on the back, branded sole patterns, and a clear quality of construction. Counterfeits may lack these details or exhibit poor craftsmanship.

10. How long do Made in England docs last?

Like the broader "Made in England" range, these specific Doc Martens are known for their durability, often lasting several years to a decade or more with proper care and maintenance.

11. Why are Dr Martens so trendy?

Dr. Martens have maintained their popularity due to their timeless design, association with various subcultures, and reputation for durability and comfort. They've become a fashion statement as well as a staple for practical wear.

12. How old are Made in England Doc Martens?

The first Dr. Martens boots were produced in 1960 in England. The "Made in England" line continues to be produced in the UK, keeping the tradition alive for over 60 years.

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