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Dr. Martens’ 2976 Chelsea Boot Is the Best Gift You Can Give This Year

Dr. Martens is one of those brands that consistently performs, with shoes and boots that are timeless and versatile for nearly any age group or setting. The 2976 Bex Smooth Leather Chelsea boot is one such style from the British label that goes above and beyond the call of footwear duty. Not only is it sturdy, but its sleek, classic look is rooted in rich history.

The Bex Chelsea boot has been around since the ’70s — shortly after the brand launched in the ’60s — and maintains the sturdiness that made the label famous. Featuring a cool leather, Goodyear welt stacked sole and contrast yellow stitching, this hefty shoe is designed to take on city treks, hours of hard labor and years of wear and tear.

With the holidays around the corner, this is one of the best pairs of shoes you can gift. In addition to being unisex, the simple look is malleable to all sartorial tastes. Plus, it’s a perennial cold-weather favorite, as it’s easy to get on and off, can accommodate a few layers of socks and is protective against harsh weather.

For over 60 years, Dr. Martens has been honing its craft of making ultra-functional silhouettes. Dr. Martens shoes began as true work boots, created for the British working class with an air-cushioned sole and welt stitching. But it didn’t take long for the practical-meets-edgy styles to resonate with many subcultures, particularly counter-cultural movements of the ’60s like rock n’ roll. In fact, Dr. Martens credits Pete Townshend of The Who, who wore the brand’s original model, with giving the boots major street cred.

Townshend wore them with jeans, and that’s still one of the go-to ways to style them. From Gigi Hadid and Irina Shayk to Russell Westbrook and Tyler, The Creator, today’s biggest celebrities from the music world and beyond still stan a good Doc outfit.

These are one of our favorite Chelsea boots for guys; wear them with rolled selvedge denim and a sweater for holiday parties or loose-fit trousers and a leather jacket for dinner dates. For women, we love them with wide-leg denim and every skirt and dress under the sun. And, there are some Dr. Martens outfits that everyone can pull off, too. Show off the boots (and a bit of sock) with straight-leg or cropped jeans, cropped joggers, your favorite matching sweatsuit or any pants paired with a hoodie and long-line jacket.

All that to say, buy a pair of the Bex Chelsea boots now, and you’ll wear them for life.

Dr. Martens 2976 Bex Smooth Leather Chelsea boot

CREDIT: Courtesy of Dr. Martens
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