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Thread: Monkey boots or DM's?

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    Thumbs up Monkey boots or DM's?

    Just been reflecting how I so often got an affordable option as a youngster due to my parent's lack of funds. I had a Tommy Gun instead of an action man and monkey boots instead of Dr Martins. Anyone else out there have monkey boots? Ironically I would love another pair in black. I honestly think they're cooler than DM's. Just saying.
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    I remember monkey boots all right

    When I was at secondary school eveytbody was wearing these and I wanted a pair https://www.ghbass.com/category/weejuns.do

    Instead I got a pair of fur boots Five other brothers to cater for I'm afraid
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    I had one pair but generally had DM's, we didn't have a lot of money but DM's seemed to last a lot longer than other shoes so my parents were willing to stump up the extra. DM's were definitely more comfortable. If your Tommy Gun was a Johnny Seven OMA I would say it was much better than an action man. My brother had had one for his birthday and on the day shot one of his friends in the temple with a grenade...... kids didn't bother with hospital for concussion in those days! They go for good money on ebay these days.

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    ah, just done a google, Tommy Gun was an action figure, have to say never heard of him.

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    DMs for me, not the boots but the shoes. My mum thought they were hard wearing so didn't mind spending the cash.

    I've worn DMs pretty much most of my adult life as shoes for work, my colleagues call them coppers shoes as you see a lot of police wearing them. Never had monkey boots but I do have a pair of kickers boots.... Quite retro and 80s.

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    Had a pair of monkey boots about tweny five years ago. Never really liked them. Not worn DM's since my teens.

    Normally wear hiking boots, with a change to sandals during warm weather. Don't wear normal shoes.
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    Had both and liked both depending on use etc. Docs were more comfortable but were inclined to split at sole and upper. Liked the shoe too. Also used to wear hiking boots in winter a lot. Got lots of snow and such here when I was younger so they were a boon to save the docs from dreaded tide marks
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    DMs always came apart at the sole. Never liked them. Bought some Dutch para jump boots for 14 at a surplus store in 1988, have done over 10,000 miles in them, still good as new.

    Too heavy for normal everyday wear though, they have steel plated sole, heel and toe.

    Always wear trainers or basketball boots for knocking about in. Would not wear sandals even if you put a gun to my head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    DMs always came apart at the sole
    Yeah, they did. I could never get them in a satisfactory fit either. Always a touch on the big side or too small.
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    Late 60's early 70's dm's and monkey boots were mainly worn by "skins"-there were 2 main camps ,hairies and skins I was a "hairy.My main choice was wranglers or the slightly "meaner " and better quality levi's.I remember wranglers were 3.3.0 and levi's were 3.7.0
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