At school I used to wear Dr Martens shoes which had a certain cachet amongst the other students – yet they were “orthopaedic”, and therefore probably good for me, and therefore they were one of the few things which my parents could afford / would buy but which by coincidence also aligned with a counterculture which made school marginally easier.
So at least my shoes were “OK”.
However my memories of them is that they were terrible: the foot bed would sink, the “Air Ware” soles would blow-out, crack, or split along one the “strata” along the edge, and I can’t count the number of times I had to do the “heat up an old knife on the stove, insert into the hole, melt the plastic and press together trick”.
Also: once the tread was gone the shoe’s soles were glossy and afforded little grip. And they leaked, because of the aforementioned sole issues.
Was this me, or was this everyone doing this but just not complaining?