As one of England’s leading footwear brands, Dr. Martens has always had its fingers on the pulse of youth culture. Meanwhile, bands like Joy Division and New Order have never really gone out of style, continuing to win over new generations of young music fans. That brings us to Dr. Martens’ latest collaboration, which incorporates two iconic album covers (Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures and New Order’s Power, Corruption & Lies) directly into the 1460 8-eye boot. Available in limited supply, each respective pair is as unmistakable in aesthetic as it is steadfast in construction. Like the very albums from which they draw inspiration, these boots are instant legends in the making.
To remind the few music lovers out there who may have forgotten, Joy Division emerged in the midst of the post-punk movement, and infused the genre with a dark, almost gothic sensibility. Nowhere was that sensibility on better display than with their seminal 1979 album, Unknown Pleasures. Sadly, Joy Division’s steady rise was cut short after frontman Ian Curtis committed suicide, which would normally mean the end of the road for most bands. However, from the ashes of Joy Divison, New Order was born, as was a new sound, which was more synth-heavy and upbeat in spirit. The band’s classic 1983 album, Power Corruption & Lies, remains one of synth pop’s finest achievements.
Yet as great the music was on these two unforgettable albums, the adjoining artwork has likewise endured as classic iconography unto itself. The Unknown Pleasures artwork, in particular, has been a mainstay in fashion for decades. Along similar lines, the cover art on Power Corruption & Lies is indisputably eye-catching, no matter where it might be found. In other words, both album covers make for extraordinary fashion statements time and again. Proving as much is Dr. Martens’ latest endeavour.
For the Unknown Pleasures boot, Docs has embossed the iconic cover design onto black leather, and finished that with a contrast white heel-loop and AirWair sole. For the Power, Corruption & Lies variant, the oil painting of flowers has been printed onto Cristal Suede leather, thereby resembling a mobile canvas of sorts. That’s joined by a tonal pink heel-loop and bouncing sole.
Both boots will be available in Australia starting late July, through both Dr. Martens’ website and its brick and mortar location in the Westfield Sydney. Treat these limited edition stunners like hot concert tickets, and get them as soon as they drop.