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Rick Owens Has Given Your Dr Martens a Dark Update

Rick Owens smiling in Paris.

If you needed a little seance for your toes, you're in luck. 

The American high fashion designer Rick Owens is back — already — with another collaboration. After announcing a historic linkup with Converse back in January, the creative is showing the world what his version of Dr Martens look like. And we haven't to be honest: It's not incredibly different from the original.

 “There are people, I think, who see me doing these collabs and think I’m a sell-out. I get it,” he told Vogue. “But I also think of it as corrupting from within. If we’re able to, with each of our collaborations, encourage companies to push a little further with their ethical thinking, with their sustainability—that’s a great thing. We can push the envelope from inside.” 

As typical with Owens, the collaboration saw him revisit the punk days in the Los Angeles of his youth, name-checking Ron Athey who he had a "big crush" on. In the style itself, this meant that it was a fairly classic Dr. Marten platform boot — which the brand has been doing for some time. The difference here is in the lacing which features a star configuration of sorts. The laces then can go up and around the top of the calf of the boot. 

 “When I was a teen I saw them on all the guys flying through the air at the shows I went to then… Fear... Black Flag... The Screamers... Alien Sex Fiend. Dr Martens became a symbol of a raw and sweaty vitality that I thought I might be able to pull off… and for a minute, I think I did," he said of the design. “Coming full circle to partner with Dr Martens 40 years later leads me to lacing them with pearl-colored cotton laces in a geometric pattern that I use often as a symbol of our eternal collective search for rational order; signs of hope and an affectionate blessing on the perpetual recklessness of youth.”

The boots will launch on March 20. A second collaboration will release in May. 

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