The capsule screams the spirit of the grunge renaissance, reflecting the duo’s excellent savoir-faire in footwear craftsmanship.
British brand Dr. Martens and American designer Rick Owens share some similarities: a desire for non-conformity and a bold, binary-defying attitude. Thus, it just became natural for them to join force to celebrate their philosophy and expertise through a collaborative collection. The duo, once again, challenge the conventions with their second drop that puts a focus on two models, all sporting a utilitarian silhouette with some creatively unorthodox twists.
The first model in the drop, the 1918 18-eye boots, takes pride in its towering architecture. Built on the two-inch Quad Retro sole, the boots are crafted using black Lunar leather, a full-grain nappa material informed by its soft texture and milled finish. The creations are equipped with extra-long pearl laces and silver hook trims to lock the laces in place. A long, side zipper on the outer side and an oversized tongue further give the footwear a brave character, with a simple yellow stitching right above the sole as a final touch.
The 1460 Rick Owens Leather Platform boots serve as a “shorter” model in the drop, also bearing the same bold attitude. Similar to the 1918 model, the 1460 style is made using black Lunar leather and stacked on the Quad Retro sole. Oversized tongue, silver hooks, and yellow welt stitching also make their appearance in the creation. As a unique twist, however, Rick Owens has lent his iconic pentagram lacing pattern to the footwear. The boots are also equipped with extra-thick pearlized wraparound laces, as well as a heavy zip on the inner side.
The brand has always had a special spot in the designer’s heart. Of this collaboration, Rick Owen says, “Dr. Martens became a symbol of a raw, sweaty vitality that I thought I might be able to achieve and for a minute there, I think I did. Coming full circle to partnering with Dr. Martens 40 years later brings me to lacing them with pearl-colored cotton laces in a geometric pattern that I often use as a symbol of our collective eternal quest.” The duo presented the latest drop through a series of images that showcase both the footwear creations and the magnificent works of body art artist Ron Athey.
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