Since the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Tony McDade the fashion industry went back to the drawing board about how each and every brand maneuvers through this extremely sensitive time. Some have altered their business practices to uplift and work with Black creatives and Dr. Martens is leading the pack. The ultimate cool-kid shoe, the label’s combat boot has been a staple for any grunge aesthetic.

Out today is the brand’s latest collection with late legendary postmodern artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Although Basquiat passed in the ’80s, his work still provides great context for this era. And his estate has snagged some pretty cool collabos to honor his legacy.

Dr. Martens pays tribute to the late Brooklyn born poet, musician, artist and rebel with a new 1460 boot, 1461 shoe, Kids 1460 boot and special laces all providing canvases for his legendary artwork. Graffiti-influenced, energetic album piece “Beat Bop” is scrawled across the Original 8-eye boot and the ambitious “Dustheads” has been printed onto the 1461 shoe, reworking subcultural classics into energetic, chaotic designs. 

The collection will retail from $130 to $160 and will be available in a full range of kids and adult sizes. Go to drmartens.com and select partners.

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