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American fashion designer Rick Owens’ Collab with Dr. Martens ‘a nod’ to his L.A. punk rock days

Fashion designer Rick Owens has a thing for working with iconic shoe manufacturers. Just a few months after unveiling his collaboration with Converse, the designer has announced that he’s teamed up with Dr. Martens.

Owens has designed a new boot with the brand, the Dr. Martens x Rick Owens 1460 Bex. Like Converse, Dr. Martens hold a special place in the memories of Owens’ youth, something he explained via an official statement:

“When I was a teen and becoming physically aware, I saw how a tightly laced ankle leading to a broad solidly planted food had a simple, modest, industrial masculinity — almost like a corset between a muscled calf and a sturdy foot that acted as a stoic ballast.

“I’m pretty sure some of the scars on my face might have been inflicted by Dr Martens.” Rick Owens

“DMs exemplified this the best. I saw them on all the guys flying through the air at the shows I went to then…Fear...Black FlagThe ScreamersAlien Sex Fiend.

“Dr. Martens became a symbol of a raw and sweaty vitality that I thought I might be able to pull off…and for a minute, I think I did…Coming full circle to partner with Dr. Martens 40 years later leads me to lacing them with pearl-coloured cotton laces in a geometric pattern that I use often as a symbol of our eternal collective search for rational order; signs of hope and an affectionate blessing on the perpetual recklessness of youth.”

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Growing up in Southern California, Owens was no stranger to the punk scene where Dr. Martens seemed not only like a uniform, but a requirement for entry. He admitted to British Vogue that he’s “pretty sure some of the scars on my face might have been inflicted by Dr Martens.”

The Dr. Martens x Rick Owens 1460 Bex boots will be available on Saturday, March 20 on Dr. Martens website.

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