Dr. Martens release official Black Sabbath range of boots

From Loudersound.

Footwear brand Dr. Martens have hooked up with Black Sabbath to produce two pairs of unique footwear.

“Before there was metal, there was Black Sabbath,” proclaim the Wollaston-based cobblers. “It’s been 50 years since their groundbreaking debut records crash-landed on to the music scene. And changed the course of rock history.

“In our first collaboration with the ‘godfathers of heavy metal’, we celebrate Black Sabbath and Paranoid’s 50th anniversaries, and shine the spotlight on Keith McMillan’s “Keef’s” equally hard-hitting artwork.”

First up is a pair of Dr. Martens iconic 1460 8-hole boots which are emblazoned with the cover of Sabbath’s debut album, while the black 1461 Sabbath shoes feature the Paranoid artwork on the back heel with the words ‘Black Sabbath’ embossed across the toes.

Both pairs also feature Sabbath’s mascot Henry, with the flying demon badge attached through the laces.

Black Sabbath was originally released in February 1970, while Paranoid followed in September the same year. McMillan designed the cover artwork for both albums, and took the iconic photo that adorned their debut at Mapledurham Watermill in Oxfordshire.

Dr. Martens have a long history of musical collaborations, and have previously manufactured a range of Sex Pistols-themed boots, a range of footwear produced in collaboration with the iconic CBGB club, and a range of goods adorned by the Who’s target logo.

Black Sabbath’s Paranoid album has received a vinyl makeover for its 50th anniversary, and will be released in a package featuring two live albums and a rare mix. It’s out on October 10.


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