Style | Dr. Martens SS/12 First Love

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.

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  • Reply Keltie February 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Oh my god! I almost died when I saw your puppy, ahhh! I also remember wanting Docs, and only getting the knock-offs, but feeling like they were almost good enough :)

  • Reply Alexandra Suhner Isenberg February 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    Shit! Our dogs were twins when they were puppies, look:

    I miss those gorgeous floppy ears.

  • Reply Irka February 15, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    I remember that day.

  • Reply Annching - Avery By Wang February 15, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    So cute!! Looks like my dog when she was a pup too. (And P.S. Your little beast has huge paws!)

  • Reply Michelle McKendry February 15, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    I LOVED my Docs!! They were Ox-Blood and I wore them with EVERYTHING! Makes me wanna get a pair again :)

  • Reply Michelle McKendry February 15, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    …I stand corrected….they were Cherry Red <3

  • Reply camille February 16, 2012 at 5:32 am

    I remember my cooler-than-me friend in elementary school having Docs, too – isn’t it weird that they were the huge fashion deal among preteen girls? I mean, considering the other major subculture that wore them.

    I wore a pair of Doc boots as my “winter boots” all through college. They got all salt-rotted and looked about 20 years old by the time I left Montreal. Perhaps not the wisest choice, but MAN they looked cool.

  • Reply Kelsey Dundon February 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Keltie — He was the cutest thing in the world!

    Alexandra — They are!! That’s INSANE!

    Irka — Me too!

    Annching — They looked like frying pan paws!

    Michelle — If only you still had them!

    Camille — Yes! It just goes to show how absolutely massive they were that elementary school kids were that into them. I like the sound of those salt-rotted docs, btw.

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