Belfast Stands for Defiance


I'll never forget my first pair of Dr Martens shoes. They were my chosen school shoes when I was 16, a new friend had them and she was really cool so I had to have them too. They reminded me of the cute dolly shoes I would see in my Fruits fashion book and they had to be mine. Totally against uniform regulation, in my teenage eyes there was nothing cooler. I'm almost certain that I still have them somewhere. I tried to find a photo and ended up spending 3 hours looking at old photos - oops. Of course the photo I want is nowhere to be found. I've had several pairs of Dr Martens since my old school shoes and each pair is still going strong.

Last week was the official launch of the new Belfast Dr Martens store in Corn Market. The new store has 2 floors of amazing boots and in true Dr Martens style, plenty of tartan clothing! I loved it all. What I love about this brand is you know you are buying something that will last for decades and only get better with age.

Dr Martens kindly let me pick a pair of boots to wear to the party. I went down the more practical route, not so much party wear but I wanted something I could get a lot of use out and these gorgeous Serena boots will be perfect for cold Sunday mornings at my market stall. They're fur lined too, they're like wearing bouncy slippers all day!




The launch night was a really wonderful event. I went along with my little sister and Dawn from Inanity and the Girl. There were beers from Farmageddon, amazing food from Love and Death Inc (I was expecting tiny canapes but no! Cups of fish and chips, racks of ribs! More of this please!) a set from The Groundlings and my favourite part, a DJ set from local legend Terri Hooley. We were also  treated to a 50% discount on anything in store.























I think most people in Belfast will know who Terri Hooley is, but if the name sounds familiar and you aren't from here you may recognise him from the film Good Vibrations. He discovered the Undertones and has spent his life supplying Belfast with some kickass records. I had a bit of a moment when he played Teenage Kicks and he was a total gentleman. So glad I got to meet him!



These are the killer boots I picked up for a mere £65 instead of the RRP of £130. I really can't wait to break them in and style them for Autumn and winter. Thank you so much Dr Martens for inviting me along!

11 comments:

  1. It looks like such a great event, I have to admit I was pretty late to the Dr Martens game but I absolutely love them now I have 2 pairs I wear all the time and I'm definitely in search of a 3rd! xoxo

    ♥ Cateaclysmic ♥

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  2. This event looks amazing! I'd expect Dr Martens to get everything spot on though (want some of those ribs daaamn). I'm also pretty much sobbing inside at the 50% discount haha! I recently queued up outside my local Dr Marten store in Norwich to get my mitts on the discounted Church boots; it was so worth it! Love the boots you picked too! I have a few pairs of DMS but have worn my tall rose covered ones (think I spotted a pair in your photos) for years and they're still going strong ♥

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  3. Looks like a wonderful event. I love both pairs of boots you've got! Like the idea of fur lined ones, I'm definitely going to have to check those out myself :) Glad you had a wonderful evening, love your dress too!

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  4. I love how DMs look but breaking them in murders me. The event looks amazing though

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  5. Was so sorry to miss this! Would have been amazing to see you all and you could have helped this DM virgin find some suitable for the school run!
    Looking great Claire - adore the print in your dress. Avril x

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  6. I love your new posts, and beautiful photos! Pleeeease keep posting for my own selfish enjoyment! <3

    Are you still using a Fujifilm x100?

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  7. My first pair of DMs were link and tie dyes and I loved them! Sounds like it was a great event, love the bird print dress too, Meabh
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  8. My first DMs were a floral brogue-y pair, I think I need to dig them back out!

    Maria xxx

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  9. I love this dr martens shoes (especially brown)

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  10. I looooooooove Docs, they are my favourite shoes and even though I mostly wear vintage repro, I sometimes let my Docs to give my outfits the edge they need ;) I bought my first and only pair about a year ago but had been eyeing them for years!

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  11. They look gorgeours. I still have my first and only pair bought 16 years ago. They helped me throw cold and white winters in connecticut and Germany. I think you chose a lovely pair and I want the same ones!!!! ;) You should be paid by Dr Martens, your blog will probably do some sales ;)

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