Goth boots are a staple of the subculture. But that’s not to say its a uniform of conformity. On the contrary, goth boots offer a huge range of designs to suit your personality, from big goth platform boots, pointy cowboy boots or functional goth combat boots.
New Rock Boots
If there were any single brand that defined goth boots it would be New Rock boots. The Spanish company has traded for decades with a huge range of very unique footwear. The Ortuño family began making shoes in 1929, although it was in 1980 that Pedro Ortuño invented a way of manufacturing comfortable and durable soles that defined the New Rock brand.
New Rock boots resemble anything from cowboy boots to high heels and combat boots. Some of their goth platform boots have huge chunky soles with spring suspension.
Unlike many alternative and cosplay brands, their goth boots are truly made with craft. They are real leather – apart from their vegan range – and seem to last for decades – as proven by secondhand examples with the massive soles worn away from years of use.
One thing to keep in mind with New Rocks is their weight. While they are generally comfortable to wear they are as heavy as they look. That’s great for stomping around an industrial night but not so great if you need to walk a lot in them. Demonia are generally much lighter, although their construction is not as robust.
Also be aware that New Rock boots fit quite large – one of our writers bought a pair when one of the last goth shops in Camden, London, closed down and cleared out their stock. He found them a bit tight but still wearable for a few nights out. They were actually 2 sizes too small!
New Rock Boots For Women
New Rock Newrock NR M.1030 S1 Black Boots
New Rock M.391 S4 Black
New Rock MAG006 S1
New Rock Boots For Men
New Rock Goth Cowboy Boots M.7993-S3
New Rock Goth Combat Boots 591-S1
As a counter-cultural brand Demonia have a broad aesthetic from retro and fetish boots through to raver and goth boots.
Demonia Women’s Fury – 110 Ankle-High Boot
Demonia Platform Boots – Women’s Damned-318 Knee High Boot
Doc Martens Boots
Dr Martens – often called Doc Martens – are a punk classic. Klaus Märtens was a doctor in the German army in WWII.
While on leave in 1945, he injured his ankle while skiing in the Bavarian Alps. He found that his standard-issue army boots were too uncomfortable on his injured foot. So he made his own with air-padded soles made from car tyres, improving the design after the war. The shoes became commercially successful in Germany but it was in 1960 that the brand arrived in the UK. By the end of the decade they became popular with right-wing skinheads but soon spread to other subcultures.