With the fashion industry’s current obsession with all things nineties, it’s no surprise that grunge era essentials Dr Martens have made a triumphant return to the wardrobes of the nation’s teens. In addition to being the footwear du jour, Docs are practical, comfortable and keep out the rain. So it’s no surprise that other brands are jumping on the sartorial bandwagon and producing their own versions of our teenage selves’ wardrobe staple (fourteen hole in classic black were our boots of choice.)
Fast fashion footwear brand Chinese Laundry sells a number of boots in its ‘Dirty Laundry’ range that bear more than a passing resemblance to Doc Martens, and the matter hasn’t gone unnoticed . The manufacturer of Dr Martens, UK based AirWair International Ltd, have filed a lawsuit against Chinese Laundry for trademark infringement in California, alleging the apparel company is selling boots that rip off Doc Martens’ distinct look.
AirWair claims the overall appearance of the Chinese Laundry footwear “is virtually identical to the iconic Dr. Martens 1460 boot.” A quick look at the website reveals some offending boots, particularly the Ratatat and Rendition boots, which are very similar to the 1460 though both pair do lack the iconic yellow stitching that we all know and recognise as original Doc Martens.
The Rendition and the Ratatat alongside the Original DM
What do you think, would they be confused as original Docs or is the lack of yellow stitching a clear indicator they’re not the real deal? More to come on this one!