Dr. Martens is one of the biggest brands when it comes to boots of any kind. From their resistant service boots to all the classic Dr. boots – they really have made a name for themselves. And today, we bring you the Dr. Martens 1460 slip resistant review.
If you need a good, solid, slip-resistant shoe for work, this model will do the trick! They are very comfortable and can quickly become your “go to” shoes when getting ready for your shift. I like that they are made with durable leather and stand up well to frequent wear and tear.
Let’s find out more about this in our article.
Dr. Martens 1460 Leather Boots: First Look
At our first glance, Doc Martens 1460 boots seemed like a bargain considering the relatively low price tag and the shiny, beautiful leather. The leather is surely eye-catching, but what caught our eyes even more is that the boot is single-stitched in most parts. This is a pretty long boot; it seemed at least 7 inches tall.
The boot, in general, looks quite shapeless and uncomplicated. According to Doc Martens, this is full-grain leather that’s super smooth, shiny, and thin.
The thing about single stitched boots is that they will provide you enhanced ergonomic comfort but won’t be as durable as the ones with quadruple stitches all over the boot. It doesn’t come with a toe box and has a relatively stubby toe to start with.
But the most noticeable thing about these 1460 slip-resistant boots is their renowned yellow welt stitching, which reminds you of Dr. Martens’ DNA. Apart from that, the boot seems to have a very squishy and comfortable sole.
If we consider the looks- they aren’t technically ‘elegant,’ but rather a hip pair of boots to wear on different outings.
- Manufactured from a mix of leather and synthetic materials
- Arch boot opening measures 13 inches
- Trademark Dr. Martens features like 8 eyes, yellow welt stitching, and scripted heel-loop
- Air-cushioned soles for comfort, no extra cushioning
- A unique outsole lug formation named Grip Trax used to ensure next-level slip resistance and enhanced grip
- Moisture-wicking and Breathable SoftWair sock liners for users’ comfort
- Memory foam pods thoughtful enough to provide extra comfort to the users
- Less weight, extra flex, and anti-fatigue design
- The leather is easily cleanable and water-resistant
- Spill-resistant service boots
Quality of Leather
We don’t know enough about the origin of the leather, and upon contacting Dr. Martens’ company, we understood that the leather comes from either Asia or South America.
No matter what the origin is, upon testing it, we came to the conclusion that it’s a super-corrected leather, albeit looking a bit plasticky. The full-grain leather comes in different patterns and colors, although we couldn’t find any trace of grain on the smooth leather.
One of the common customer questions about this footwear is that since it looks way too smooth and plasticky, is it durable enough? Well, we can say that the heat-sealed and PVC fused boots are as durable as anything.
How Slip-Resistant Are Doc Martens 1460 boots?
Nearly all the classic doc martens boots are non-slip now because they re-engineered their slip-resistant technology back in 2001. The classic Dr. Martens 1460 boots are also slip-resistant, and their grooved air-cushioned soles alongside central rubber pods ensure that you get a good grip on any difficult surfaces.
From slippery dance floors to wet floors on a super shop to icy hills – these boots work wonders everywhere! Anyone with their very first pair of Dr. Martens can feel the grip Trax on these boots. As a matter of fact, according to many reviews, customers love to wear these boots over sneakers on any slippery surfaces.
Dr. Martens 1460 Sole Review
Doc Martens is widely famous for its super-soft soles, and the 1460 slip resistant boots are no different. Upon using the boots, the thing that we liked the most was their unbelievable shock absorption ability.
Made from a fat and oil resistant inorganic rubber, the sole works really well for people with foot pain and similar problems.
What we felt is that these are boots for regular usage. Even though the sole doesn’t have extra cushioning, its soft rubber makes you feel like the cushioning isn’t necessary at all. As we’ve already mentioned, the shock absorption is great, and it is more visible when you wear it on difficult surfaces.
Perhaps a downside of this sole is that it doesn’t have any shank, so the stability might be of concern to some. However, we found it to be quite sturdy and stable. Another issue is that the shoe is hard to resole. But if we consider the fact that the 1460 slip resistant boots can work wonders on different surfaces – we can ignore that.
How Well Does Dr. Martens 1460 Fit?
Dr. Martens 1460 slip resistant boots are unisex, which means both men and women can wear them comfortably. The women’s sizes run from 6 to 14, the same as men’s. Unfortunately, there are no half-sizes, which might be a tad bit problematic for people with exceptional feet sizes.
Like all the other Doc Martens boots, this one also takes some time to fit fine with the feet.
You’ll find just one width available for all sizes, which can also be an issue considering there aren’t any half sizes. Considering that 1460 has the heritage docs DNA, it’s disappointing that the fitting isn’t ergonomic enough.
People recovering from foot-based injuries might actually find it difficult to fit in these boots. Customers, both men, and women, should keep this in mind while opting for this re-engineered boot.
Dr. Martens 1460 Pricing
After doing a content search on where these boots are made, we found a very interesting stat. Some of the 1460 Boots are made in England, while others are made in Asia. The ones made in England should cost you around $200, and those from Asia should cost less, around $150.
Now you might ask – which one is of better quality? According to various reviews, we can see that these unisex shoes are quite similar in nature, although some say that the ones made in England have relatively thicker leather than the Asian ones.
This claim has not been justified and proven yet, so we won’t pass any judgment on this.
How Well Do Dr. Martens 1460 Boots Perform on Difficult Surfaces?
We tested the 1460 slip-resistant boot on a few difficult surfaces to test its shock absorption and slip-resistant abilities. Before we disclose the result, let us tell you about a few common factors that we faced in the break-in phase of the boot.
If you’ve used boots with Martens DNA, you should know that they take some time to fit in. These preliminary times can be really difficult as your toe and ankle region might hurt while walking. To tackle this, we used thick socks, and it worked wonders!
Now for the surface testing, we tested the boot on three different surfaces. One on slippery floors, another on icy hills, and finally on crowded areas like pubs and bars. We tried these boots on a slippery floor of a shop.
While mopping the floor, we noticed that the boot provided excellent grip even though the floor was very slippery.
Next, we tried them in rural areas where hills get icy and slippery in winter. We walked up and down the hill wearing the boots, and to our surprise – the Doc Martens 1460 worked very well! The overall grip and shock absorption power of these boots really helped us get through the slippery, icy hills.
Finally, we wore the unisex boot in crowded areas like pubs and bars. These areas often have slippery surfaces, so it was an important test for the 1460 boots. We tried the boot on club floors wet with spilled drinks, and surprisingly, the shoe held its grip quite well in such situations.
What impressed us more is that among the jostling of the dancing crowd in bars, the boot never slipped – it came in quite handy to protect our feet and toes.
Dr. Martens Pros and Cons
- Relatively cheap considering the features
- Very soft and comfortable sole
- Fully water-resistant
- It can be used for casual wearing
- Great footwear for difficult surfaces
- Quite easy to maintain; just use wonder balsam from time to time
- Very hard to resole
- Doesn’t have a specific shape
- There is no shank
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is it better for Doc Martens to be tight or loose?
It’s better if they are tight, but make sure you feel comfortable.
- Does Hairspray make your shoes less slippery?
No, it won’t. Instead, it will have the opposite reaction and make the shoes lose traction.
Docs are hard to break, and docs can’t be worn as formal footwear – there are a few complaints about Doc Martens and their 1460 slip-resistant Boots. While it is true that it takes a little time to break, we were blown away by its overall performance. This concludes our Dr. Martens 1460 slip resistant review- we hope it was of help!
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