Dr Martens: Vegan 1460 Boots

It’s been just over two months since I bought my Dr Martens Vegan 1460s, so I thought that it’s about time I gave them an honest review. I’ve never had Docs before, but wanted a pair for some time – especially seeing as they’re produced in cruelty-free conditions using no animal by products. In fact, they originate from a little village near where I grew up, so there’s some sentimental value too! I picked up this pair just after Christmas so as to deal with the cold and icy weather, which we surprisingly didn’t get too much of this year, but as my daily commute is a 30 minute walk, I felt it was worth it. (I also found that my newly divorced pair of heeled boots were the culprit behind my shin splints and exaggerated over-pronation, so if you’re experiencing that, I’d suggest getting some “sensible” shoes!).

City wear

Living in a city, dealing with rough terrain is a rarity, so you might think that wearing a pair of these is akin to driving a 4×4, but hear me out. I’ve been floored by black ice on flat cement many more times than crunchy thick snow on grass, so my respect for the soles on these is sky high. They are practically indestructible, and will hug the floor like it’s their long-lost lover! Not once have I stumbled on badly paved ground or in puddles either, although the inflexibility of them does make taking stairs a bit of a chore.

Vegan leather

Now onto the “synthetic leather”. As a mix of plastics, including nylon, the uppers are flexible and so far, have been hard-wearing. Nothing has managed to scuff or stain them either – the pictures featured are after two months of use, and all you can see are the wrinkles from where my feet have bent in the shoes. It’s also a nice touch that the yellow “tongue” is a lighter colour than Dr Martens‘ other boots, making the Vegan 1460s instantly recognisable. One thing that I have noticed, and I’m not sure if pegging it on the material is fair seeing as I’ve never worn the leather boots, is that these guys do not keep your feet warm. It’s alright if you’ve been walking for a little while or are wearing hiking socks, but if you’re standing around in the bitter cold, your feet are going to feel it.

Wearing my Docs in

The other major drawback that I have experienced is the wearing-in process. Boy did these things destroy my feet in the beginning. Even after looking up the best ways to wear them in harmlessly (two pairs of socks, plasters, wearing them in at home, special shoe polish, heating them up using a hairdryer…), my heels wore away and I had painful blisters for days – making the risk of falling over in less practical shoes an appealing concept, so as to stop the pain. Despite the move towards a different material, the shoes’ design is still the same – the steel toe-caps and hard structure will make your feet mould to them, rather than the other way round. If you’re prepared for that, then I would definitely recommend these. For me, it was only after four or five weeks that there was no rubbing – and that’s after I’d ruined a few good pairs of socks, gotten through a whole box of plasters, learnt to lace up differently and applied Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme every couple of days too (that stuff is dreamy, by the way).


All in all, I would recommend these boots if you’re looking for long-lasting, strong and grippy boots that will probably outlive you (making the £120 price-tag just a little less painful), but unless you’re really lucky, you will hurt, and you will have to tame them before they love your feet back. Also I would recommend buying these in a size down if you’re female – I bought these in a Size 4 (I’m a 5) as they’re unisex.

Seeing such a reputable brand produce boots specifically catered to the vegan leather market is a great step forward, and as they’re also in fashion right now, it’s a good time to purchase them, to show your style and your resistance against the meat industry (how very anarchic!).


  1. Jack
    November 17, 2018 / 10:42 pm

    Hi! I recently bought a pair of these and love them. What product do you use to keep them conditioned/looking new i.e. creams, polishes, etc and considering winter weather as well?

    • besma
      November 18, 2018 / 12:55 pm

      Hi Jack! I’m still loving mine too – my next outfit post will feature a follow up to show how they’ve done over the years. I don’t do anything to care for mine, other than a quick scrub with a wet cloth if there’s any marks on them. They’ve kept incredibly well!

  2. Helen
    October 3, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    Hi I’ve bought some cherry vegan boots and they are tight over the top just wanted to ask if this would ease or do I go for next size up?

    • besma
      October 4, 2018 / 11:54 am

      Hi Helen, how long have you been wearing your shoes in for? Mine were tight around the heel, but that did go away after wearing them in for a month. I also found that the laces just needed undoing slightly – they felt okay everywhere else. I would recommend checking with a Dr Martens store (if there’s one near you)!

      B x

    • Emma
      December 6, 2018 / 9:13 am

      Hi Helen, I have this problem too. Could I ask U if it loosened up for you? I don’t know if I should send them back? Everywhere fits fine, so don’t want to go up a size. TIA

  3. JR
    September 7, 2018 / 4:38 pm

    Is this Vegan leather really made of plastic and nylon? Neither one of those sound particularly eco friendly.

    • besma
      September 8, 2018 / 8:29 pm

      Hi JR, great question. Most generic vegan leathers will be made from a petroleum-based product, similar to plastic. You’re right in thinking it’s not very eco-friendly too!

      When I purchased my Docs, I was looking for any kind of alternative to leather. I’m incredibly happy with the longevity of my boots, but years later I now look for more eco-friendly leather alternatives. My top picks are pinatex (pineapple leather), cork, and reclaimed/deadstock leather if neither are available.

      I’m hoping there will be more choice on offer in the near future, but until then I’m not aware of any eco-friendly leather alternatives better than the above!

      B x

  4. Monika
    September 4, 2018 / 1:14 pm

    Hi, I am curious about your DR MARTENS: VEGAN 1460 BOOTS. In what condition are they now? After 3 years of using? If you still have them. I am thinking about buying one, but I am not sure because they are not cheap and I am not sure if they are still made long-lasting. Thanks.

    • besma
      September 7, 2018 / 12:56 pm

      Hi Monika, I do indeed still have them! I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well the material has held up – they look similar to the photos from this blog, with the creases where my foot and ankle naturally bend but other than that, all in one piece.

      I wear my Docs a few times a month, and quite a lot in the winter – especially when it’s snowy. They’ve lasted so well. My one tip would be to get a size that fits really well with the socks you intend to wear – mine are a bit tight when I wear thick socks, so I stick to thinner socks.

      I hope that helps! B x

  5. Mar
    August 26, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    Hola, quiero comprarme unas botas de plataforma negras de la marca Martins que sean veganas nada de cuero y piel donde las puedo comprar?

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