The Griggs family have been making boots since 1901, but it wasn’t until they bought patent rights to manufacture boots created by former German army doctor Klaus Märtens and Luxembourger Herbert Funck that they had a future international fashion brand in their hands.
Griggs anglicised the name, slightly re-shaped the heel to make them fit better, trademarked the soles as AirWair, added the trademark yellow stitching, and, on the 1st April 1960, the first pair of Dr. Martens boots were born.
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