Dr. Martens has tapped Engineered Garments’ Daiki Suzuki to update its Church boot style.
Following a successful collaboration with Suzuki in January, the brand decided to partner with Engineered Garments again.
“The concept has been built with the intention to fuse and craft the very essence of both brands through a unique design and premium lens,” said Darren McKoy, Dr. Marten’s global category director of footwear and accessories. “We wanted to have an elevated transformation of the iconic Church Monkey boot by blending streetwear with high-end fabrications.”
The shoe, which comes in oxblood and black, features asymmetrical material blocking and the left and right shoe don’t match. The upper is either made from smooth and pebble leather or suede. Engineered Garments added a sixth eyelet to the shoe, which typically has five. The shoes, which retail at $225, also include a co-branded sock liner with patented AirWair technology, which helps wearers achieve a more comfortable fit. The shoes will be available starting on Dec. 16 at Nepenthes stores in New York and Japan and select wholesale partners.
According to McKoy, the goal for Dr. Materns collaborations is to introduce the DNA of the brand to a new consumer.
“Doc’s have always been elevated by the unique individuals who wear them and stamp each pair with their own personal style. This season the diversity of product reflects the diverse consumer base Doc’s enjoys today, with new product categories that cater to people from all walks of life,” said McKoy. “The secret is taking that back story and interpreting it for new generations of footwear consumers. We aim to balance the brand’s DNA with updated and fresh models that progress the brand and keep it moving with the times.”