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Dr. Martens 1940 Reviews

101 reviews
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Customer Fit Survey:

53% "Felt true to size"

87% "Felt true to width"

60% "Moderate arch support"

99 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 10/6/10
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I bought these, really wary and unsure of whether or not it was a good idea without trying them on first. It was a gamble, but it was worth it! The sizing for Docs has always been funny for me. For almost every other shoe I wear, I'm a 9 across the board. For Docs, I'm an 8. If I had chosen a half-size larger, it would be way too big. But an 8 was perfect. It only took about 4-5 uses for me to break them in and be comfy in them. They look great, hit at midcalf just like I wanted (any higher and it's too much effort to lace, any lower and it's not high enough to wear with skirts the way I wanted). They look great; people ask me about them all the time, I couldn't be happier!

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Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 12/2/04
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:3 stars!
Style Rated:2 stars!

Surprisingly disappointing - I loved the photos of this boot on Zappos, but when they came in the mail, the sole was chunkier than it appeared in the pictures, and the fit was much wider, too. The leather was so hard that it squeaked like crazy as I took my first steps in them (a problem which could surely be fixed with a week or two of wearing-in). Anyway, I'm a woman who likes a good clunky boot, but these were simply too bulky to work with my knee-length skirts. I returned them.

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2 people found this review helpful  

October 12, 2010

Anonymous

 

Good service, fast delivery. Good boots, a little heavy with the steel toe, but lots of toe room! A little stiff at first, but gets better with time.

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May 8, 2010

Kore

from Vancouver BC

A complete noob when coming to to boots outside of work boots, was very worried when ordering. I have big feet, A large 13-14 size foot. Buying these boots for primarily for jumping around and stomping my feet on the dance floor, so afraid they were going to be too small, or too tight. I was so impressed when I seen them arrive. They are absolutely beautiful! Little rough the first while, as in breaking them in, but much better than I would ever think. Great service, and Great quality, Thanks Zappos!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 5, 2010

Teri T

from Cottonwood, AZ

I bought the Dr Marten 1940s for my boyfriend and he is happy with them. I have a pair too, and I love mine. They do take a while to break in, but well worth it. He said his next pair will not be so tall, more like 10 holes.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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August 25, 2008

Anonymous

from Texas

I have these shoes and they’re absolutely amazing! I play indoor soccer with them, too, and they work great. I’ve had mine for about 3 years and they still work fine! Highly recommended!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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June 9, 2008

Jedidiah

from Tucson, Az

Classic boot - Great pair of boots. Soles are soft and spongy, which is great for long periods of standing. Because of the simple design of the pattern used for the boot's leather there is a lack of articulation in the ankle when climbing stairs, but is not uncomfortable. This is a nice light duty boot for walking long patrols or standing post for hours.

Brands I'd also recommend: Danner, Rocky, Bates

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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May 6, 2008

Anonymous

from Winter Park, Florida

Simply amazing - I ordered this pair of boots last night and when I woke up this morning, they had arrived. I am simply astounded at the phenomenal service Zappos offers. The boots look and feel great and I could not be happier.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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April 7, 2008

Sa L

from MN

Perfect. These boots are perfect; I will never spend my money on a pair of boots other than Dr. Martens. Also, Zappos customer service was amazing. I ordered on Friday and they were here Monday afternoon.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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March 18, 2008

Evan

from Louisburg, Kansas

Original that never goes out of style. I used to wear these back in the 90's. They were comfortable then and still comfortable 18 years later. Classic boots that will never go out of style. Just remember get a size smaller than your usual one. They run kinda big. As for breaking them in...there has been no problem with that. Grab some knee high tube socks and wear them around the house for a few hours for the first few days. Also applying Kiwi saddle soap helps soften the leather. Then you should be ready to wear them around town. Docs only get more comfortable the more you wear them and the older they get. Zappos is a great place to shop online. Their customer service is outstanding. I have been recommending them to everyone!

Brands I'd also recommend: The low top Docs are just as comfortable.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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March 10, 2008

Amanda

from New York

Wow - First of all, I've got to say that Zappos has excellent service. We were upgraded to faster shipping, and we got the shoes within two days! Anyways, these are my first pair of Dr. Martens, I absolutely love these shoes. They took me almost two weeks to break in. I accidentally wore them to school without an extra pair of shoes before they were completely broken in. My ankles were all red afterward. So, wear layers of socks or extra thick ones. They feel a little heavier than the average shoe, so it's a bit of an exercise if you aren't used to wearing this kind of thing. The one thing that I dislike is that the arch support isn't as good as it could be. I had to steal the inserts from my skate shoes to make them more comfortable.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 29, 2008

Anonymous

from San Diego, CA

Again...The best!! Just ordered this pair for work onboard ship. Darkened the thread and sole but these boots are still hard core! Wore them out to my last concert and again proved that these are so super comfortable and kickin'. Does take a while to break in but TOTALLLY worth it!!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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January 9, 2008

Amanda J

from Chicago, IL

These boots are gorgeous and SO comfortable. The first time I put them on, it felt a little like I was wearing aluminum duct work, but about a week later they were incredibly comfortable. I recommend wearing them around the house, and when expecting to sit a lot (wiggle your feet around; it breaks them in without tearing up your feet). Also, I'm a US Women's 6 but a UK 3. I've rated based on US size.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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November 29, 2007

Anonymous

from Colombia

I love my boots :D - Today, I've received the Dr. Martens 1940 boots, and I have to say, only 3 words: I love them :P

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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October 3, 2007

Allan

 

My first Martens - Finally I decide to buy Dr. Martens, a friend of mine told me about Zappos and their great customer services and it's true!! I really had a great experience, thanks!! My new boots are awesome, of course I know I should break them, but it's worth it, great color, great shape, great everything, what else could I say?

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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August 20, 2007

Teddy V

from Nanuet, New York

Awesome boots - My girlfriend and I were in England and she bought the first pair of these about 9 months ago, then I bought mine the week after she got hers. They were terrible to break in at first, but they look, feel and perform amazingly. I like to use Ace bandages on my ankles when breaking in and after awhile I laced my black boots up with my red laces and they look soo cool…must break in and always were best at concerts; if you like to be in mosh pits and that stuff.

Brands I'd also recommend: DCs, etnies, any skate shoe

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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April 24, 2007

I. M

from Rancho Park, CA

Classic Dr. Marten's quality and style - I started wearing these back in 1986, now my daughters want their own! These boots never die, never fail, and they are and will always be cool. PS. You do have to break them in first!

Brands I'd also recommend: Camper, Dansko, Converse, Jumping Jacks

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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February 7, 2007

Drake

from Woodstock, Virginia

Kick a** boots - First thing's first. These boots are awesome! I have NEVER had a better pair boots (except perhaps used combat boots, and even that is on very unstable ground. Plus, these look better when broken in). What little cost there is associated with them is WELL worth it. True, as other reviews have said, they are a b**** to break in (mine took at least 8 miles (~13 km) to resemble being broken in. But this is common knowledge, and was not unexpected. One thing which I found helped w/ breaking them in, or rather, minimized the pain, was the liberal use of gauze sheets and medical tape. That, in conjunction w/ good, thick, high quality socks, and you should be able to weather the pain fairly smoothly (yes, there IS pain, but that adds to the emotional attachment when they are finally broken in. Mine are named Klaus und Hans). Now, aside from their near indestructible build, these things look awesome. Especially when they get all beat up and dirty on the outside. they look even better when worn w/ shorts or kilts. (Especially kilts) the bottom line is, GET THESE BOOTS! If ever there was a perfect pair of boots, these are them.

Brands I'd also recommend: bedroom slippers....

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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October 22, 2006

Jwadd

from St Paul, MN

As expected - I use these boots mainly for work, and in that role they are exceptional. The arch support is quite good and they provide more ankle support than any boot I've ever owned (due, no doubt, to their height and stiffness). That said, the leather and soles are very stiff and they took about two weeks to break in. Put medical tape on your ankles and wear thick socks and you'll be fine.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vans

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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October 21, 2006

M. D

from Reading, PA

Soldier's opinion - Wore these boots in the Army, as a Cavalry tanker in Desert Storm. I had to snip the heel loop and blacken the yellow stitching but they took the best shine of any other black boot. After six months in the Arabian Desert they still shined up better than most any other boot. I was asked by a general where I got them! After the war I wore them working construction and cooking at night, 12 or more hours a day and then to play as well! I wore them until the sole finally separated, after almost four years of hard service. Soldiers get attached to good boots and I was teary eyed when my tall Docs had to be retired. I still have two other pairs, oxbloods and green suede, and am ordering another pair for work.

Brands I'd also recommend: any Docs, Wolverines, Matterhorns

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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September 25, 2006

Anonymous

from Hawaii

Thrilled! Absolutely love these boots! A little tough when breaking them in, but overall fantastic! Shipping was excellent as well. Highly recommended.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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July 25, 2006

Anonymous

from Westerville, Ohio

The BEAUTIFUL Boot!! Yes, they can be a little painful to break in but it's so worth the pain. This is second pair of Docs I bought from Zappos and I love them as much as the first pair. I tell all my friends about Zappos because they always treat the customers with respect. I got my boots in three days...I will buy all my shoes from Zappos.

Brands I'd also recommend: Docs, Docs and more Docs

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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July 19, 2006

Anonymous

from Saint Paul, Minnesota

Dr. Martens 1940 Series - These boots are absolutely perfect. I had been coveting them for a long time and was not disappointed when they arrived. I have pretty thick calves and this boot fit around them just fine. Kind of a pain to break in but then I put a double layer of medical tape on the backs of my ankles and was able to stomp around pain free. Straight-up hardcore footgear.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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June 15, 2006

Anonymous

from Tampa , Florida

Now when I ordered these I ordered a US men’s 12 size, figuring that since I wear 12/13 for my regular shoes I'd be fine with having it a half size larger. But it looked more than a few inches larger than my foot, but all worries went away when I got them laced up and started walking. My first thoughts, (these are my first pair of boots) UNUSUALLY COMFORTABLE…I have never had footwear that went up to mid calf and I was expecting some getting use to…not at all. Ah, now the break in process that I've heard so much about…But so far in my opinion it is well worth the money

Brands I'd also recommend: If you liked it you wouldn't need any recomendations

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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June 13, 2006

Chris

from New Jersey

These turned out to be rather nice boots. I have had many pairs of Docs, and these feel as well made. The best part is the lacing eyelets, they are washer backed. So no more broken laces due to the prong eyelets! Fit, finish, and look are great.

Brands I'd also recommend: Gripfast, Underground boots

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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June 8, 2006

Anonymous

from Denver

Amazing, but an incredible pain to break in - I have a pair of these in red and I love them. As many have said they take forever to break in and they can be quite painful when they're brand new as the leather is quite stiff (you may want to wear very thick socks at first). Lacing/unlacing can also be a bit time consuming as well, but these two things wind up being huge benefits- these boots will last FOREVER because there is no zipper to break and the leather is so strong. One thing worth noting, though, esp. with the red finish- if you like your boots to look broken in, you may need to help these along. Mine took lots of wear (even in winter!) and several concerts before they even started to lose their shiny new finish. Nothing I thought of could speed up the aging process, which goes to show how tough these things are. Initially they seem expensive, and break-in takes some effort, but trust me, they're well worth it. * Decoding the "convenient unisex sizing" can be a pain for women, I am a women's size 8 and found that these boots fit me quite well in a 6.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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December 9, 2005

Stephanie M

from South Jersey

Supreme customer service - I bought these on-line for my husband and I received them in 3 days!!!! This is 3 weeks before Christmas, guys. I searched high and low for Doc Marten's and Zappos had the best price. I would recommend them to anybody who likes to be stress-free.

Brands I'd also recommend: any Doc Marten

Overall Rated:5 stars!

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