I wasn’t at last week’s party in Toronto celebrating the launch of Dr. Marten’s First Love film starring Agyness Deyn and Ash Stymest. But this photo was.
Why? Because Dr. Martens asked me to submit a photo that represented my first love and this photo of me and my baby beast is exactly that. Dr. Martens were my fashion puppy love (get it?!). When I was in elementary school they were bigger than big, cooler than cool. They were the first shoes I remember desperately wanting, needing, begging my parents to get me. But my parents didn’t buy them for me(!) which is why Dr. Martens were also the cause of my first fashion heartbreak.
When my elementary school soccer team went out to Red Robin to celebrate a victory, one of the mean girls (who will remain nameless because I’m now friends with her) proclaimed those with Dr. Martens could sit at one table and those without Dr. Martens had to sit at the other. I had to sit at the other table(!) and I was devastated in the way that only an elementary school kid can be devastated when she’s excluded from the Dr. Martens-wearing cool crowd.
Funny how that moment has stayed with me. Would my elementary school self think that taking part in Dr. Marten’s spring 2012 campaign is cooler than sitting at the cool-kid table at Red Robin? As soon as they invent time travel I’ll ask her.