There are lots of preloved and vintage boots out there waiting for a new owner. Buying second hand can save you a lot of money, give you an item that’s unavailable elsewhere and provide some cool, individual style. In our experience at Repsycho there are a few brands which seem to last and adapt well in the vintage and preloved market.
Dr. Martens aka Doc Martens, Docs or DMs are iconic boots – well known as a very comfortable and stylish boot. They appeal to people who have their own individual style and self-expression. Dr. Marten boots are unique because of their air-cushioned sole, soft leather, durability and quality.
In 1945 a German soldier who wanted to make his army boots more comfortable developed a new boot design. British shoe manufacturer R. Griggs Group Ltd. bought patent rights to manufacture the shoes in the United Kingdom. Griggs anglicised the name, slightly re-shaped the heel to make them fit better, added the trademark yellow stitching, and trademarked the soles as AirWair.
The first UK Dr. Martens boot came out on April 1st 1960, style 1460 – still in production today. By the early 1970s, Skinheads and Mods started wearing them, and by the late 1980s, they were popular among Punks and members of other youth subcultures. They enjoyed a resurgence in 1990’s as the New Mods and Indie fans adopted them as the footwear of choice.
Today Dr. Martens footwear are available in numerous styles of boots, shoes and sandals. Worn by the rich and famous as well as the more ordinary, enjoying popularity throughout the world. Affordable, versatile, timeless—Dr. Martens has it all!
Sorel are well known for their quality winter boots; they have grown in popularity in recent years as their designs have become more fashion orientated while retaining the functionality we expect from Sorel – they call it ‘function first fashion’.
Founded in Canada, SOREL was originally a line of winter sport/work boots introduced in 1962 by the Kaufman Rubber Company of Kitchener, Quebec, they became its most successful product line, combining expert craftsmanship with protection against cold and wet climates.
Columbia Sportswear bought the Sorel trademark in 2000 and since this time it has been developing very successful fashionable ranges. It has been expanded to include nylon outerwear and other work-related garments as well as slippers, sandals and trainers too.
It’s no surprise that Harley Davidson Boots and footwear are not made by the bike manufacturer but by Wolverine Worldwide, who also make footwear for other brands such as Hush Puppies and Merrell.
The boots are heavy duty and well-made of good quality leather but are genuinely stylish too! The boots all have the Harley Davidson name embossed on them somewhere and often bear the eagle logo as well. From a large embroidered eagle to a lace toggle, the detail of design is excellent. Harley Davidson boots and shoes also come in a massive range of styles for women and men- so if it’s a Harley you’re looking for there is one out there for you!
UGG Vintage and Preloved Boots
When surf culture became a worldwide trend in the late 1990’s the footwear naturally followed, they symbolised a sporting but cool, relaxed lifestyle. UGG Australia exploded onto the fashion scene, popularised by celebrities, they rapidly became the casual footwear of choice.
Classic UGG boots are plain with no adornment, made of sheepskin with no frills, pull on and flat. Available as a short or tall boot originally only available in a couple of colours.
Obviously, the popularity of this unspectacular boot drove the development of the basic design, more colours, buttons, bows and zips, then embroidery, sequins and crystals! Interest grew and the development continues today. There are enough different styles and shapes to suit every taste- yes, even great men’s styles if you look!
UGGs are incredibly durable boots, shoes, slippers and sandals, they feel plush and cosy, they also feel well made. Recollecting their origins and the vibe that made them popular, today it seems that they still have the whiff of the surfer, relaxed, cool and hip!
Durango Vintage and Preloved Boots
Durango are a great make of western boots -hardwearing and stylish. Founded in 1966, Durango have developed a range of western boots for men and women- casual, workers and some more ‘exotic’!
Originally made in Scotland by a producer of tyres, golf balls and rubber flooring as well as wellington boots, Hunters have become synonymous with the ‘green welly brigade’. For many Hunters were considered the footwear of the more affluent, they have been have been tried, tested and developed during two world wars and by several members of the royal family!
Hunter boots have enjoyed a renaissance following radical changes, bright colours, interesting textures and cute children’s boots as well as links with the RHS and appearances at London Fashion Week and of course the odd celeb snapped wearing them at Glastonbury have all added to a new attitude to the Hunter boot.
Obviously, there are many more great brands out there – we’ve only mentioned a few. Others well worth a look include Chippewa, Frye and Ariat. At Repsycho we stock various types and brands of footwear, usually they are used items that we check carefully for damage and described honestly to ensure we you can buy from us with confidence. But it is a quickly changing picture, much of the footwear we stock is very popular and therefore moves quickly- best advice is – if you like it, buy it!