Dr. Martens has been around for the longest time. The UK shoe maker is arguably as iconic as the UK pop stars of the 80s. It is known for footwear that are on the clunky side and it has always been so like forever. However, of late, the now-Permira own shoe maker has gone on a ‘revolution’ with a new range called DM’s Lite. Hailed as “the next revolution,” the new range is a revolution indeed with the shoe maker doing away with traditional chunky soles and went with a new ultra lightweight sole to result in a sleeker and lightweight kicks.
I don’t know man. I am not a fan of chunky soles, but to do without it makes Dr. Martens very un-Dr. Martens. That was its signature feature and without it, it’s like the soul of the kicks is lost and that may not be a good thing. Though I have to admit the new boots look pretty sleek and in some models, look very Red Wing-ish. Going on diet may not appeal to everyone. The brand may get new followers but on the other hand, those who grew up to know this iconic shoe brand may not be amused (like I am, though I may not be the biggest fan). Aesthetic aside, the features look quite promising as far as comfort is concerned. DM Lite boosts lightweight phylon midsole, sandwiched between tough flexible rubber outsole and moisture-wicking SoftWair memory foam insole.
The outsole suppose to offers durability and comfort while giving it the looks of the original icons which, to be honest, we don’t quite see eye-to-eye. Not that they are not pretty; they are, but it is just a little strange without the chunky design. However, it should make for a more comfy wear over the non-dieted examples. Other notables include broken-in leather (Carpathian or Temperley) and of course, the iconic Dr Martens yellow welted stitch, heel lop, or grooved soles. You can pick up a pair of DM Lite from Dr. Martens website for $105-135.