The history of Dr. Martens can be traced back to an unlikely partnership between a former soldier, Herbert Funk, a mechanical engineer, and the Griggs family in Wollaston, Northamptonshire. While the Griggs family started making sturdy work boots in 1901, Funk and Maertens entered the shoe industry in 1945. Maertens developed a cushion-like sole that he then showed to Funk for his approval. After creating their unique cushion-like sole in 1945, Maertens and Funk started a partnership to produce their shoes using military surplus materials. In 1947, they established their first formal production facility and expanded their operations overseas in 1959. The Griggs family then gained an exclusive license to reproduce the shoes, and they made several critical changes to the design of the boot, such as a simple upper and an altered heel. The Dr. Martens boot was first introduced on April 1, 1960, and it featured the brand’s Airwair branding and a yellow and black heel loop. It was also known for its slogan, “With Bouncing Soles.” During the 60s, the company was adopted by a wide range of British skinheads passionate about the British working-class style. Pete Townshend, the guitarist for The Who, started wearing Dr. Martens in the early 60s, eventually becoming the brand’s go-to boot for musicians and artists. In 2007, the company established a manufacturing facility in Cobbs Lane in Northampton. This facility would be used to produce Dr. Martens’ original products. In 2010, the company celebrated its 50th birthday.