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Dr. Martens: Pay $100 more for made in England?

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Dr. Martens: Pay $100 more for made in England?

I’m in the market for some new office shoes. I’ve been buying Aldo but their quality has really gone downhill. I’m looking at Dr. Marten 1461’s. The ones made in Taiwan cost $155. The ones made in England cost $265. Is the extra $100 worth it? I do want a quality shoe that will last a number of years.

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Unless you can get them resoled, it's rather pointless since the shoe will be done when the soles are worn out, whether be made in England or Taiwan.
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I'm cheap. Taiwan (as long as it's still authentic.)
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I have never worn this brand, but I would say go for the lower-priced Taiwan version.
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i use to wear martens back in my hugh school days in the early 90's Image sigh......good old angst days lol
back then all that you could get was made in england, and they were indestructible.......
if i were buying them now, i'd probably go for the cheaper version as long as it's the actual dr. martens and not a copy
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jelena-c wrote:
Nov 7th, 2017 8:45 pm
i use to wear martens back in my hugh school days in the early 90's Image sigh......good old angst days lol
back then all that you could get was made in england, and they were indestructible.......
if i were buying them now, i'd probably go for the cheaper version as long as it's the actual dr. martens and not a copy
Lol. I also had Doc's in high school, green 3 hole shoes and 8 hole black boots, which were a bit too small. I'm not sure why I bought the green color, but Doc's are awesome.

Can anyone confirm the difference between Taiwan and England quality?
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I have still have 3 pairs. Just checked.. all made in england.
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From my experience, I'd save the $100 and get a $13 can of wonder balsam if you want the shoes to last a while as it really helps protect the leather and preserve the 'new' appearance. I have been wearing docs on and off for about 25 years and my first 2 pairs (made in england) developed holes at the sides within 1-2 years. They were very stiff and hard to break in. I still have my 3rd pair (also made in england) which didn't develop holes but I stopped wearing them after only a year due to the discomfort. All those were purchased in the 90s. I currently have 2 pairs, one is made in Vietnam (leather) and the other made in China (canvas).

The material quality of both of them are equally as good as the ones made in England imo. I have not developed any holes in either of them after wearing them for a couple of years. I have not tried the ones made in Taiwan so I can't vouch for the quality, but if you get a can of wonder balsam and take good care of them, they shouldn't fall apart any earlier than a pair made in England.
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mebiuspower wrote:
Nov 7th, 2017 9:45 am
Unless you can get them resoled, it's rather pointless since the shoe will be done when the soles are worn out, whether be made in England or Taiwan.
i need mine resoled. Do you know a place in the GTA that's also not too expensive? or do i have to go back to Dr. Marten's?

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