My Best Style Secret Is Found at the Mall

Bobby Schuessler

I’m a uniform dude. On any given day, you’ll find me in a variation of the same thing: a light jacket, black T-shirt, black skinny jeans, and some sort of sneaker. My mother scolds me (keep in mind, I’m in my late 20s), constantly telling me to step out of the box, but I just can’t—despite being a fashion editor. Recently, however, I did throw her a bone with a wardrobe switch-up that changed my sartorial life.

After spotting a few girls during Fashion Week wearing Dr. Martens, I got inspired. Sure, the cult Brit brand has been around since the ‘60s and resurged heavily in the ‘90s (hellooo, Gwen Stefani), but I never really thought the clunksters were my thing—until now. I ventured to the mall—Journeys, to be exact—and picked up my very first pair just two months ago. To break from my traditional dark look, I opted for a shiny metallic iteration, rather than basic black (note: the shiny accent make these look way more expensive than the $110 they really are). The result? Insanity.

Makes sense though: They’re cool, unexpected, and feel so of the moment, despite the #throwback nature. I’m not lying when I say I had 15 (yes, 15!) people come up to me in one day complimenting my shoe of choice and asking where to get them. Naturally, I decided I needed more—I could get used to that flattery. Since then, I scooped up a silver metallic pair and an all-white find, both of which have gotten similar responses.

While the intention here isn’t necessarily to turn you into a mini-Bobby (totally fine if you want to, though), I will say that incorporating Dr. Martens into an everyday look is my best-kept style secret. And fortunately, so easy to attain if you so desire—perhaps before everyone else starts kicking it in clunky shoes next fall, ammiright, Alexander Wang?

Scroll below to scope a few of my favorite pairs of Dr. Martens!

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