Originally worn by 1960's skinheads the DM boot was later adopted by 70's punks, then 2-Tone rude boys and the fascist skinheads of the early 80ís. Consequently the Dr Martin boot carried a large association with violence, thuggery and general bad boy attitude.
In the early 70's at the height of Glam rock, elements of London's more fashion conscious football thugs had taken to spraying their Doc's with metal paints. A spotty faced Paul King had witnessed this phenomenon at Coventry City's Highfield Road stadium with visiting Chelsea and West Ham supporters. Much to his mothers dismay the impressionable 13 year old chose to spray his favorite monkey boots silver in honor of the Glitter band and then promptly moved onto his next fashion statement.
For every action we have the reaction and post the flamboyant excess of the new romantics; the style savvy Perry Haines developed a more aggressive image of ripped jeans and painted Dr Martins for his new club night 'Dial 9 for Dolphin'.
A regular visitor to the capital and Perryís club the enthusiastic Paul King, keen to fit in with the 'Dial 9' gang, blatantly ripped off his buddies dolphin look and took it back to Coventry for his band mates to like wise imitate.
Later when signed to a record deal and with some available finances the groups clothes were enhanced with mod influenced suits, cooler leather jackets and courtesy of Dr Martins a never-ending supply of bespoke boots.