I bought these boots in January of 2017. I hadn't owned a pair of Dr. Martens since the 90's and while I didn't want to replace my original silver ones, I did feel the need to revisit the punk rock attitude that came with the girl who wore them several decades ago. I've been listening to the Beastie Boys Book, which I highly recommend, especially if you grew up in New York in the 80's and 90's. It's been a revisiting of just how much music was at the center of all my adventures as a teenager. I was lucky enough to have a large circle of friends who were always game for a show of any kind. If it was live music, chances were, we were game. It was a great way to grow up and I can now really appreciate the impact that having an art form central to my socializing led me on so many adventures. There were car trips, hitchhiking, long bus rides, subways, late night walks, and hours spent rehashing all the details the following weeks. Sometimes it was traveling for weeks at a time, following the next great thing. Some details I can remember, others not, but it is clear to me how those adventures made me feel. I remember laughing until my face hurt, taking risks, letting go, opening up, and feeling completely, completely free.

My daughter is currently saving for her first pair of Dr. Martens. She's just 9 and a far way away from finding teenage adventures of her own. I hope for her she does. Whether or not it is music that leads the way, time will tell, but the shoes are a good start.

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