Dr. Martens Leona Vintage Air-Cushioned Boots

Last updated: October 5, 2022


We looked at the top Dr. Martens Boots and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Dr. Martens Boot you should buy.

Product Details

In our analysis of 10 expert reviews, the Dr. Martens Leona Vintage Air-Cushioned Boots placed 10th when we looked at the top 14 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The leona boot is the perfect balance of feminity and the tough, rebellious Dr. Martens spirit. Featuring a high profile silhouette, chunky heel and antiqued brass eyelets this boot brings style to the next level. Dr. Martens is the stuff of legends. It all began near Munich, Germany in 1945 when Dr. Klaus Maertens injured his foot in a skiing accident in the Bavarian Alps. To make walking easier during the healing process, he designed a shoe with an air-cushioned sole. Using old rubber tires, he constructed soles that had air trapped within closed compartments. He showed his prototype to his engineer/inventor friend, Dr. Herbert Funck, and together they decided to develop and produce the shoes. Not only did the shoe solve the doctor’s immediate problem, but it also started to sell well in Germany. By 1959 the two decided that they needed a company to produce and distribute the shoes, then called Dr. Maertens, in other parts of the world. At first, many manufacturers rejected the concept of an air cushioned sole as a short-lived gimmick. However, the R. Griggs Group, located in the village of Wollaston in England, decided to go along with the idea by creating the first work boot with the revolutionary sole. On the first of April 1960, the first cherry red eight-eyelet work boot was produced and named 1460. To sell the brand name better in England, the name was anglicized to Dr. Martens. The range was branded AirWair and the rest is history.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

Last week I walked almost 4 miles without stopping in my Leona boots and they wore like a champ!

What reviewers didn't like

Just make sure to wear ankle socks, so they aren’t given the chance to rub.
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