Dr Martens air-cushioned sole, designed by German inventor, Dr Klaus Martens, was engineered primarily to meet the specific need of providing additional support and comfort for his broken foot. The Dr Martens boot, manufactured by R. Griggs and Co, British boot makers, with its trademark yellow stitch, grooved sole and heel loop, was a boot for workers, comfortable, durable and lightweight in comparison to its competitors at the time.
The reinvention comes when it becomes highly appealing to early skinheads and this provides the style in youth culture. Early skinheads in the 60s wore shoes inherited by their dads workers, factory, and cut away the leather on the toe to show the metal underneath and thus to add a stylish edge. Later in the 70s and 80s, punks and other subcultures would mimic and adapt the look.