Dr Martens, also known as Doc Martens or DMs, was first introduced in the UK in 1960. Since then, the company has become popular with shoppers throughout the world. The Dr Martens classic combat-style boots are perhaps the company’s best-known product, but they also make shoes and sandals. While the majority of DMs are made from leather, the company also makes vegan faux leather boots and fabric boots. Regular cleaning and care help keep Dr Martens footwear looking new. Specific care instructions vary depending upon material type.
Why Proper Care is Important
While some people are meticulous about caring for their footwear, others prefer to leave their boots or shoes alone and hope for the best. Dr Martens don’t need excessive amounts of care, but they should be cleaned and polished on a semi-regular basis to prolong the life of the footwear. Since Dr Martens boots and shoes are fairly expensive, buyers might be more motivated to care for them properly. In addition to extending the life of the footwear, proper care helps buyers ensure that their boots or shoes remain attractive.
Caring for Leather Dr Martens
Leather Dr Martens are arguably the hardest to care for and require the most time and attention. When buyers first purchase these boots, they will need to wear them in so that they fit comfortably to their feet. It’s important to keep the leather supple so that these boots remain comfortable.
Cleaning a leather pair of Dr Martens is fairly straightforward. Buyers use a damp cloth to remove dirt from the shoes or boots. Too much moisture can damage the leather or make it stiff, and buyers are advised to use a damp, but not wet, cloth when cleaning footwear.
Treating the Leather
Leather treatment products keep the DMs supple. Although there are many brands of leather treatment products on the market, Dr Martens makes its own version called Wonder Balsam. Treatment products should be worked into the boots or shoes and left to soak for 5 minutes. Afterwards, the excess product should be removed with a soft cloth. Monthly treatment is recommended, although people who wear their Doc Martens daily may need to treat them more often.
After cleaning and treating the leather, some wearers might like to use a boot polish on their Dr Martens. This will maintain a good shine and may also help to protect the boots from day-to-day wear and tear.
Caring for Faux Leather Dr Martens
Faux leather Dr Martens are made from a durable leather-like material, known as Felix Rub Off. They are just as high-quality and long-lasting as their leather counterparts, but don’t need wearing in and are simple to care for. All that wearers need to do to care for these boots or shoes is to wipe them with a damp cloth when they get dirty and occasionally polish them with a wax-based shoe polish.
Caring for Fabric Dr Martens
Some Dr Martens boots or shoes are made from fabric. More often than not, these are styles with colourful or decorated with intricate prints. These boots are probably the least durable of all Dr Martens, but look extremely stylish. Cleaning involves brushing off dirt with a stiff brush. Wearers should avoid getting fabric Doc Martens wet.
How to Buy Dr Martens and Boot Care Products on eBay
Anyone who has decided that caring for Dr Martens isn’t too arduous a task might want to get their hands on a pair. eBay is a great place to buy a pair of Dr Martens. eBay features a variety of Doc Martens shoes, boots, and sandals, and buyers can often pick them up for cheaper than in the shops,. Buyers should start off in the “Clothes, Shoes, and Accessories” section and then choose either “Men’s Shoes” or “Women’s Shoes,” as appropriate. The search can then be refined by brand so that only Dr Martens are displayed. It’s also possible to type a relevant query into the search bar at the top of any eBay page. The "Shoe Care" section offers care products for people who already own a pair of Dr Martens.
Caring for Doc Martens is fairly simple and will help to prolong the life of the footwear. Buyers can buy both Doc Martens and products to care for them on eBay at an affordable price.