Short skirts and combat boots. This used to be my uniform. It's one I think I will be slipping back into with ease for the rest of my life, especially on rainy days.
I bought these boots in 1997. Until then I'd had a couple of pair of knock offs. I remember I used to stomp around in puddles in my knockoffs, pretending I was in Seattle. When I finally had a little money of my own, I invested in these. I've stomped them in puddles all over the country. Portland, Nashville, Chicago, New York and more. I've worn them in London, where it didn't rain for the entire week we stayed. I've worn them with everything, including a formal dress the first time I saw Miss Saigon.
I remember reading once that Robert Smith of the Cure had been wearing the same Doc Martens since 1977. I read this sometime in the 90s, but I wonder if he still has the same pair. It's possible. These things are built to last.
I think they're one of those things that never really goes completely out of style. Just a classic that has waves of popularity now and then. So if you're conflicted about putting down the money for an authentic pair of Docs, I'm here to tell you, some things are worth the price.