Whether yours are cherry-red, olive-green, patent-leather pink or classic black, Dr. Martens boots are an undisputed symbol of self-expression – and sometimes, rebellion. For over five decades, youth subcultures have rocked their Docs in all their incarnations: think ska-loving skinheads, punks, rockabillies and new-ravers. And now, as part of the brand's #standforsomething campaign, Dr. Martens is setting up a week-long pop-up shop in St Kilda, opening Monday June 16.
At the pop-up shop, you'll find a selection of old favourites, as well as their surprisingly diverse range of footwear, clothes and accessories. Did you know they made vegan-friendly boots? Neither did we.
In the three days preceding the shop's opening, the venue will host three exclusive gigs. English alt-rockers Band of Skulls (Wed Jun 18) are the international drawcard. You might've seen them at Splendour in the Grass last year, and several months ago they released their third LP, Himalayan. Up-and-coming Melbourne four-piece Kingswood will return from Nashville where they've just recorded their first album (Tue Jun 17) and the Stonefield sisters will emerge from rural Victoria to unleash their '70s-inspired rock (Mon Jun 16).
The ballot for tickets has now closed, but if your name wasn't chosen, there's still ample opportunity to visit the pop-up, which is open to the public for a full four days after the gigs.