Southern Mom Loves: How to Wear Dr. Martens With Jeans: A Guide to This Fall's Fave Street Style

How to Wear Dr. Martens With Jeans: A Guide to This Fall's Fave Street Style

Friday, August 25, 2023

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Dr. Martens 1461 Bex 3 Eye Shoes. Image courtesy of Shopbop.
Dr. Martens 1461 Bex 3 Eye Shoes. Image courtesy of Shopbop.

Want to learn how to style Dr. Martens? Curious to know the best ways to pair them with jeans? Keep reading!

Dr. Martens shoes and boots are some of the most recognizable footwear out there. What started out as a durable, practical work boot has transformed into a cultural legacy—as well as a fashion statement. People wear Dr. Martens because they want to not only wear a well-made shoe that will last for years, but they want to show their rebellious side, a side that doesn’t always follow the crowd. 

While the styles of Dr. Martens has expanded from the original black lace-up boot to include sandals, oxfords, mary janes, and even children’s sizes—that originality is still there. One of the most popular ways to style Dr. Martens is with a classic pair of jeans, especially this fall. But do you know which way would work best for you in autumn 2023?

Keep reading because today we’re going to cover:

  • Where you can pick up Dr. Martens
  • How to style Dr. Martens (including with jeans)
  • A men’s guide to Dr. Martens
  • How to lace up your new Dr. Martens

Where can you buy Dr. Martens?

There are a few places you can snag a pair of Dr. Martens

Instagram image courtesy of @drmartensusa
Image courtesy of @drmartensusa

When you’re ready to join the club and purchase a pair of Dr. Martens, we’re confident you’ve made the right choice. You have a couple of options when you’re ready to buy. First you can check out what their official website has. Here you’ll find all the latest styles in boots, shoes, sandals, and even loafers and slides. You can also find styles for men, women, and children, and regular height shoes as well as platforms. Dr. Martens also offers more than just black when it comes to colors! Everyone can find a color or pattern that speaks to them, and you can even take it a step further with their signature laces. 

If you’re interested in picking up Dr. Martens at a discount, you can always check the sale section of their main site. These boots and shoes tend to run on the expensive side because they are lovingly created from well-made materials. Because they’re designed to last for years (with the proper care) the price is higher than other designers.

You can also check out what styles are available on Shopbop, which has options for both men and women. Here you can also find a sale section, where you can pick up Dr. Martens at a great discounted price.

Dr. Martens are also available in stores like Journey’s, Nordstroms, Macy’s, and DSW, however you’ll need to check their inventory to make sure they have what you’re looking for. The online shoe retailer Zappos also stocks a wide variety of Dr. Martens in a variety of sizes.

Make sure you also check out the resale sites like Poshmark and eBay if you’re looking for a vintage style that’s no longer made, or a limited edition boot or shoe. 

How to style Dr. Martens 

It’s easy to style this iconic shoe with almost anything in your closet

From shorts to jeans, you can style Dr. Martens with anything. Image courtesy of Dr. Martens.
From shorts to jeans, you can style Dr. Martens with anything. Image courtesy of Dr. Martens.

You probably have a variety of shoe styles in your wardrobe already—heels for special occasions, flats for work, sandals for the beach, and boots for the cooler winter. We all need footwear for different events, but did you know you can wear Dr. Martens for almost all of those occasions? That’s right, this versatile shoe is so easy to style, it literally goes with anything.

One of the hallmarks of this brand is its unabashed desire to allow customers to create their own sense of style, no matter what clothes they’re wearing. Dr. Martens are a shoe that is a welcome addition to all kinds of looks, but we’ll discuss just a few of our favorites here.

  • Classic boots. There are a few different variations when it comes to boot height (ankle, tall, regular) but these style choices can apply to any of these. The classic Dr. Marten boots look great with a dress and jacket, with your favorite pair of leggings, or with a long skirt. The color you choose just depends on your mood that day! You can also rock Dr. Marten boots with shorts and a tee, or use them to add masculine style to a short skirt.

  • Mary Janes. The silhouette of this shoe is classic, and it might bring back memories of shoes worn in decades past. You can easily style these low rise shoes with your favorite skirt (bonus if it’s plaid), dress pants, or with sheer tights and shorts or a short skirt. Make sure you check out their platform version of the Mary Jane for a little something extra.

  • Sandals. Who said you can’t wear Dr. Martens in the warm weather? Their sandals are a popular style that looks perfect with the flowy dresses and skirts of summer. They’re also a great go-to footwear for shorts or when you’re headed to the pool or the beach.

  • Oxfords. The classic men’s shoe, but with an edgy twist. Wear your Oxfords with straight slacks, leggings, or sheer tights with a work skirt. You can also dress them down easily with jean shorts or a denim skirt. Oxfords also give off that 90s vibe when you pair them with a long flowy skirt and a denim jacket!

Instagram image courtesy of @drmartensusa
Image courtesy of @drmartensusa

Best ways to wear Dr. Martens with jeans

While there are lots of ways you can style Dr. Martens, the most popular way to wear them has always been with a favorite pair of jeans. Blue, light, black, or any wash in between, all jeans look great with Dr. Martens, so you don’t need to worry about not getting it right!

  • Boots and jeans. Whatever your favorite style of denim is, you can sure wear it right with a pair of Dr. Marten boots. Pick up a pair of their traditional combat boots (in any color) and wear them with cuffed straight jeans for a great casual look. You can also wear skinny jeans tucked into the boot and wear anything from a tee to a sweater on top. Another popular way to wear boots with jeans is with denim shorts. You can either go bare legged, or put on some sheer black tights with denim shorts for an eye-catching look.

  • Loafers and jeans. Dr. Marten loafers look great with straight leg, flared, or wide leg jeans. They bring a touch, but not too much, of sophistication to your outfit, and are extremely comfortable to wear all day.

  • Sandals and jeans. Who can say no to Dr. Martens sandals and a comfortable pair of jeans? Whatever style is your favorite (wide, flare, straight, skinny, shorts, skirt) they’ll all add an edgy (but comfortable) touch to your outfit of the day.

How to wear Dr. Martens: Men’s guide

Now that we’ve discussed some popular ways for women to wear Dr. Martens, it’s time for the men's guide! Men have all kinds of styles of Dr. Martens they can choose to wear, and which ones you choose all depends on your own personal fashion sense. Here are a few of our favorite men’s boots and shoes available now.

This classic Dr. Marten boot will easily go with your favorite pair of jeans. Image courtesy of Shopbop.
This classic Dr. Marten boot will easily go with your favorite pair of jeans. Image courtesy of Shopbop.

You absolutely cannot go wrong with the classic Vintage 8 Eye boots. There’s a reason this style has been around for years, because it’s one of the most popular and most versatile of the men’s Dr. Marten boots. You can confidently wear these comfortable boots to almost any occasion, whether you need to throw on a pair of jeans to run errands, or you want to meet the guys for drinks after work. This pair of boots works throughout the year, but would look great with a sweater and jeans for the fall!

The classic Oxford, in a great neutral color. Image courtesy of Shopbop.

Have a professional engagement you need to look polished for? Then you’ve got to pick up a pair of Archive Desert Oasis Suede Oxfords. These gorgeous shoes would look great with a pair of work pants and a button down for daytime, but can easily be worn out at night with dark jeans for a nice contrast. You’ll love the feel of suede along with the contrast stitching on these Oxfords, plus these are the perfect neutral for all your fall wardrobe colors!

How to lace Dr. Martens

Now that you know how to style your Dr. Martens, it’s time to review how to lace them. Your boots or shoes will come with laces, but you’ll need to wash them every once in a while, and you may even want to change them out. There are a couple of ways you can lace them up after, but the classic way is to start at the bottom and thread through the bottom eyelets so you get a bar. Then lace each side of the shoelace over the shoe as you move up. You can either lace it to the top eyelets, or leave them open and wrap your laces around the boot for a cool look.

Wearing Dr. Martens with jeans is easy! No matter what style of jeans you wear with your DMs, you’re going to look great. Whether it’s a casual look for day, or a fun look for night, Dr. Martens and jeans are the perfect combo.

Did you score a pair? How do you style your Dr. Martens?

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