While one may assume that all “work boots” are non slip, this is not the fact. The same is true if you assume that all “work boots” have steel toes. But before we jump into answering the question as to whether Doc Martens are non slip, let’s understand what non slip actually means.
Non Slip Verses Slip-Resistant
When one is shopping for boots for a new job one may hear that the footwear needs to be non slip or slip resistant. In actually, both these phrases mean the same when it comes to the work boot industry. Another point to keep in mind is that just because a brand is known for producing non slip or slip resistant boots does not mean that all the models produced by that brand have non slip soles. This is the case with Doc Martens.
While Doc Martens are constantly creating new models of boots, the time tested favorites are the models 1460, 2976, and 1461. At this point, you may be asking yourself why these models are so popular. To answer this question, let’s take a look at some features beyond the non slip sole.
Beyond Doc Martens Sole
Having a work boot with a non slip sole is very important for certain occupations but so is comfort. All non slip Doc Martens footwear are crafted using premium leather and seamless stitching. Why does this matter? Well, using the best materials to make work boots allows the boots to last longer. Putting together the boots in a way that allows the stitching to be seamless means that chances are you will not develop blisters on your feet while wearing the work boots.
Another unique characteristic of the Doc Martens boots is their ability to breathe. Nothing is as uncomfortable as working long hours with sweating feet, which can cause foot odor and fungal problems. All Doc Martens' are designed to keep your feet dry regardless of your work environment.
Sole of the Doc Martens Non Slip Work Boots
Yes, when it comes to slip resistant footwear there are other options. Some of these simply include grooves in the sole of the boot. As technology has improved, so has the ability of creating a non slip sole that is more than grooves on the bottom of the work boot. This is where Doc Martens non slip work boots are different from the rest.
Patented GripTrax Sole
Doc Martens non slip boots utilize a patented sole referred to as GripTrax. What this means is that no other company can use the same technology that this brand has developed. Simply looking at the boots, you will notice that the sole of each boot is extremely thick and chunky. While having a thick sole for slip-resistant work boots is a common trait, Doc Martens work boot soles hold some secrets in those thick soles.
What is the secret that the soles hide? It is a thread that is inside the GripTrax system that is thicker compared to other brands that use a thread technology for traction. This “thread” technology is also designed to repel skippering agents, which can cause loss of traction. GripTrax technology not only improves the traction on the sole but also is fat resistant while keeping the sole’s abrasive properties. All of these factors improve slip résistance.
When it comes to non slip soles, a key factor to whether you will enjoy wearing the work boots or not is sole comfort. The GripTrax system that Doc Martens have invented does make the soles of these work boots thicker, which can mean discomfort but not in this case. Not only does the GripTrax system hides a thick thread but also has AirWir. Now I know you are wondering what AirWir is so let’s take a moment to explain the system.
The AirWir system consists of thousands of small bubbles that are located in that thick sole. As you walk and stand in the Doc Martens boots, these little bubbles support your feet when pressure is applied, which includes activities such as walking and standing. While the AirWir system does improve comfort, it also improves the non slip ability of the sole since the feet are not fatigued.
Wedge Design of Doc Martens Non Slip Work Boots
As stated earlier, there are three favorite models of non slip Doc Martens work boots. There are numerous reasons for this as we have discussed but one design element that we have not discussed is the wedge design. While all the models of Doc Martens are known for their longevity and craftsmanship, you will notice a difference between Doc Martens models that are not non slip and those marketed as non slip.
Where is the difference? Well, it occurs at the heel. The non slip Doc Martens wedge design is flatter in shape compared to the models that are not slip resistant. Why is this important? The fact is that slip resistance is improved if the heel of the work boot remains parallel to the ground at all times.
Are Doc Martens Work Boots Non Slip?
To come back to the question at hand, the answer is yes and no. First, not all models of Doc Martens have the patented technology of GripTrax, which is what makes them non slip. If you need a pair of non slip work boots and want to purchase only Doc Martens then you have three choices. These include models 1461, 1460, and 2976.
While these models have been on the market for awhile with their patented technology, keep in mind that Doc Martens are constantly improving on this work boot design. In doing so, these models are not the same ones that your dad wore. They are still the workhorses of work boots but better. A point to keep in mind though is that things do not last forever. While Doc Martens non slip boots do use a patented technology that sets them apart, the non slip models do not last forever and will need to be replaced as they wear out.