This Agrarian Take will be practical, not theoretical. In the summer of 2018, I got a pair of Doc Martin brand works boots for agricultural use. By the beginning of the 2019 garden season, they were rough. Now they are basically trashed.
I love Corcoran brand combat boots. Corcorans are well designed, of quality material and workmanship, good looking, and even American made (in Pennsylvania)! They are my preferred everyday footwear. I always like to keep one “good to very good” condition pair at all times. The only downside to Corcoran boots is the high price.
To save wear on my precious Corcorans, I decided to get a pair of work boots for utility purposes. I went to a local chain shoe store, and Doc Martins it was. I recalled, back from my days of working in a lumberyard, that one of the managers there had raved about how comfortable his Doc Martins were. The Doc Martins I chose were moderately priced, looked decent, and felt very comfortable.
I soon found out that comfortable though they are, Doc Martins are *not* built for hard use. I wondered if maybe I had not babied them as I do my combat boots, wearing them in wet grass more, and giving them leather conditioner less often. Probably not. I had one old pair of Corcoran “Tanker boots” for over a decade; I subjected them to long distance walking, periodic very hard woods hikes, heavy construction use, got them very wet on several occasions, and they were better after a decade (other than worn smooth soles) than these Doc Martins were after a year and a half. Even if I treated these Doc Martins *hard* for a year, it still does equate to *moderately hard* for 10 years like my old Corcoran Tankers.
My Doc Martin’s soles are intact, but the leather uppers are very rough, and literally coming apart at the seams and near the sole, There are torn threads, and in several places they are gaping open. This is substandard construction for a work boot.
On another note, the soles still have decent tread, but the rubber sole material is smooth in texture. This is fine on grass, mud, or frozen ground. But it is slippery on packed snow and ice, and on a frosty hillside. I slipped and fell twice last winter in these Doc Martins, when I probably would not have if I had been wearing my #1525 Corcoran Leather Field Boots.
Doc Martin advertises their shoes as perfect for postmen, those who are on their feet every day. Aha. I missed that. Doc Martins should be considered heavy duty tennis shoes, not work boots. Doc Martins might be good for a lumberyard or a car mechanic, and for mail carriers, but are substandard for heavy outdoor labor.
The Agrarian Take: Buy a better boot than Doc Martins for your homesteading needs.
Endnote: I have made no blog posts about the current Trump impeachment circus. I have not put up a politics and current events themed piece since March 19th of this year. I did not vote in the 2016 or 2018 election cycles, and have basically lost my interest in politics. After releasing Rethinking The Propositions in late 2018, I feel no need to make further political statements. I plan to continue blogging here at GKS, focusing on agrarianism, history, Southern culture, and Christian theology.