Dr. Martens 14XX, the brand’s new design incubator launched late last year, has revealed its first collaborator – and it’s a familiar name for the British brand.
To kick off 14XX, Dr. Martens has teamed up with old friend Rick Owens to launch a chunky boot that pays homage to the heritage footwear brand’s subcultural roots.
Titled the 1460 DMXL Megalace boot, the shoe builds on previous collaborations from the two brands, of which there have been several since its first release in 2021.
The collaboration borrows the robust DMXL sole, first introduced in late 2023, from the first Dr. Martens 14XX collection; Meanwhile, the shoe’s upper is unmistakably Rick Owens.
The American designer’s mega lacing system, which is similar to the pentagram laces used in his previous collaborations with Dr. Martens, wraps the upper of the shoe through a complex network of knots and brushed silver lace loops.
“I love using our collaboration to celebrate raw, ferocious self-invented abandon like that of Sissy Misfit, who exploits techno with trans power,” explains Rick Owens in a statement. “Dr. Martens always represented a subculture of inspiration to me and I like to honor that tradition.”
The latest collaboration between Owens and the iconic footwear brand will release on February 8th via the brand’s websites and at select retailers.
Dr. Martens is a brand whose collaborative output regularly impresses, with highlights from the past year including its A-Cold-Wall* slip-on boots, its grunge Mary Janes paired with Marc Jacobs’ Heaven, and some quirky creations designed by Central students Saint Martens.
This Rick Owens boot offers a first look at how Dr. Martens 14XX will approach its collaborations.
The brand’s progressive new category took four years to develop and aims to reinterpret the brand’s rich history.
“Dr. Martens has always gone against the grain and 14XX marks a new chapter of innovative and forward-thinking workwear design for the brand,” Darren McKoy, creative director at Dr. Martens, previously told Highsnobiety.
You don’t have to look far to see that pushing boundaries is something Rick Owens specializes in (just look at his FW24 inflatable shoes).
And thanks to the designer’s intricate mega-lacing system, the chunky Dr Martens 14XX boots just got even wilder.