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We went to the elusive Doc Shop to see if the Dr Martens outlet store is worth a visit


1460 boots are priced at £99 each, with more stock in certain pairs (Picture: Jessica Lindsay)

The fashion community loves to talk about cost per wear, but nothing gives you more bang for your buck than a good pair of boots.

Dr Martens are a wardrobe workhorse, designed to be kept for years and worn again and again. Yet despite their durability, they can still be a big initial outlay.

A pair of 1460 Dr Marten boots (the standard eight-eye) will set you back £149 at full price, and discounts or sales can be hit and miss.

Certain styles are priced higher, with one Rick Owens pair retailing for £269. It’s understandable, then, that we’re all keen for a bargain.

I’ve been after a new pair for a while, having finally worn out the ones I got when I was 15 (many, many years ago now). So when a video about a little-known Dr Martens factory store popped up on my TikTok FYP, I decided to visit and see if the bargains are worth the trip.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Doc Shop, the Dr Martens outlet that promises discounts of up to 75%.

What is the Doc Shop?

The Doc Shop is a Dr Martens outlet store reselling out-of-season stock and factory seconds.

There’s no official website for the shop – with the bargains limited to in-person purchases – and information is somewhat limited.

What you can glean from a Google search is that you can get up to 75% off the RRP of Dr Martens products, with stock changing weekly, in the home of the boot-making brand.

The shop itself isn’t huge – it’s all about knowing where to look (Picture: Jessica Lindsay)

Where to find the Doc Shop

The Doc Shop is located in Wollaston, Northamptonshire. The full address is:

Doc Shop
71 High Street
Wollaston
Northants
NN29 7Q

It’s open seven days a week between 10am and 5am.

In terms of how to get there, if you have a car, you should definitely drive.

My partner and I – as stereotypical city-dwellers – cannot drive, and therefore took the train from King’s Cross to Wellingborough which took about 50 minutes. There are then buses to Wollaston from there (about a 10-minute drive), but only around once an hour so we took a cab instead.

Different ranges have different price drops – the Heritage Distortion collection was available with 50% off on my visit (Picture: Jessica Lindsay)

It costs £22 return each from London to Wellingborough, with a taxi (using the local Skyline app) at about £7 each way.

The plan was to make a day of it, stopping in for lunch at a quaint country pub and generally just enjoying being out of the big smoke. Beware, though, that Wollaston is extremely small – the one pub in the village was shut despite Google telling us otherwise – and take that into account for your visit.

The range available

Stock changes regularly, but one person on TikTok advised to visit on a Tuesday, as this is when the biggest delivery apparently arrives.

On my visit, there were different sections throughout the store. As you walk in, last-chance-to-buy styles in women’s sizes line the walls, with men’s sizes round a corner.

This is where you’ll potentially bag the biggest bargains, with shoes starting at £35. The last-chance items are just that, and the store’s friendly staff informed me that the more ‘standard’ styles sell out quickest.

Black boots and shoes in sizes UK5 and UK6 are most popular, with multiple people coming in for similar during my visit to no avail.

You’ll see the biggest savings on less popular styles, sizes, and colourways (Picture: Jessica Lindsay)

On the islands in the middle of the shop sit seasonal or discontinued ranges with more sizes available. When I was there, these included Jadon Max Platform Boots with yellow stitching and various items from the Dr Martens Polka Dot line. The discounts aren’t quite as big here, but still decent.

At the back is a small selection of children’s shoes, alongside different colourways of the classic 1460 boot at £99 each. Here, again, you’ll find more stock in larger sizes and more unique colours, so don’t bank on finding a plain black size 6 pair.

We ended up purchasing four pairs between us:

  • Bex Laceless Platform 1460 boots in size 6 (RRP £179, bought for £125)
  • 8053 Nappa Padded Collar 5 Eyelet shoes in size 5 (RRP £129, bought for £45)
  • Adrian Leather Tassel Loafers in size 8 (RRP £129, bought for £89)
  • 1461 Training Spec shoes in size 8 (RRP £89, bought for £69)

Is the Doc Shop worth a visit?

Deciding whether to visit the Doc Shop depends on a few things, from how close you are to Wollaston to how often you wear Dr Martens.

If you live far away it’ll cost you money to get there, and as my own experience showed, there isn’t much to do nearby to make it into a staycation/day trip.

My personal haul, with £138 off the RRP on these two pairs (Picture: Jessica Lindsay)

Plus, with the store’s changing stock, you’ll ideally need to have an open mind and be a fan of the brand. Those looking for anything super specific (or who aren’t keen on brighter colours or unique shapes) might be disappointed when they arrive.

It was still worth it for me to visit the Doc Shop once, as all-in we saved £198 compared to buying full price. Factoring in the price of our train tickets and cabs takes that saving down by £60, which is still good, but shows why ticket/petrol prices are worth checking before you plan a trip.

It’s not a trip I’ll be making again any time soon myself, mainly because there isn’t much locally to justify the journey. But if the shoes I bought last as long as my last pair, I hopefully won’t need to.

Hit up Wollaston for sub-£100 boots if you’re a Dr Martens loyal. Just be aware you’re not guaranteed prices or availability, and factor the costs of getting there into your overall budget.

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