As far as tough, stylish footwear is concerned, you can’t top Dr. Martens. For more than 60 years, the iconic British brand’s versatile leather boots and shoes have been a favorite of fashion savants, spiky-haired punks, and everyone in between. Russell Westbrook has worn Docs in the NBA tunnel more times than we can count; Phoebe Bridgers loves to pull ’em with jumpsuits; and Frank Ocean once paired his with a suit and a beanie. Today, the venerable shoemaker has launched a new collaboration with the Japanese label Nanamica, who put a sharply minimalist spin on two classic Doc silhouettes.
The cult-loved Nanamica has produced utilitarian menswear for nearly two decades, blending sharp silhouettes with tech-forward materials. Over the years, Nanamica has linked with Dr. Martens on footwear a handful of times—but this latest drop is easily the duo’s sleekest and most desirable yet. The Chelsea-style “Graeme” boot and low-top “Louis” slip-on both received quiet, thoughtful makeovers: The black leather has been polished to a mirror-like shine, and the traditional pitch-black sole is swapped for a smoky gray. The most notable change? Dr. Martens’ famous canary-yellow welt stitching gets swapped out for Nanamica’s own signature shade: a rich navy blue.