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Competitions, The Brand


Dr. Martens boots were first engineered with industry in mind. And while our Docs are now seen on stages and catwalks, they are also still used in the setting for which they were originally created. Think warehouses, construction sites, shipping yards. The kind of place that is full of trip hazards, uneven surfaces and heavy-duty materials. Docs take all of this in their stride. They’re durable enough to withstand the daily demands of the nuts-and-bolts industry.
By collaborating with women-in-construction title Womanthology, we wanted to spark a conversation about the lack of female-specific personal protective equipment (PPE) in the industry. Womanthology put out the question “Show us how you Work Different” and received a rallying response. The three winning entries got a pair of Dr. Martens women’s workboots and their very own photoshoot.
Meet our winners…
Tell us about yourself and what you do

I was born and raised in east London and I’m still London-based.  I’m a trainee scaffolder and mother to my 11 year old daughter.


What made you get into this industry?

Honestly, I kind of fell into it. The construction industry was not part of my career aspirations growing up — partly because it wasn’t really marketed to girls at the time.  Working on projects like the Sky Garden and Battersea Power Station really fed my growing interest in this sector.


What advice would you give to women who want to get into the industry?

Just go for it. Do your research, talk to people in the industry and try to get work experience in the area of construction that you find the most interesting.

How do you find our boots from the new women’s range?

The boots I wore for the Work Different campaign shoot were fab. Stylish without compromising on safety. Needless to say they won’t be my last pair from the industrial or casual range.


What are the top 3 songs you’re listening to right now?

Stefflon Don  –  Hurtin’ Me

SZA  –  The Weekend

Sabrina Claudio  – Confidently Lost

And the ‘I miss UK garage’ playlist on Apple Music.


What do you stand for?

Family, friends, loyalty and being true to yourself.

What makes you different?

No one main factor. My Italian and Jamaican background, my day job  in the typically male-dominated scaffolding industry and everything and everyone I have come across have contributed to me just being me.


Carlene wears the Opal Steel Toe Industrial boots.

Tell us about yourself and what you do

I’m a Quantity Surveyor, a construction blogger and an Associate Tutor at the University College of Estate Management. I have been working in engineering and construction for 10 years and I love it!

What is your favourite thing about your job?

Seeing the transformation. I also like the variety that my job brings. As a quantity surveyor I am involved with pricing new work, procurement, reviewing contracts and valuing work. So, I’m sometimes in the office, sometimes out on site and often working on multiple projects simultaneously.

What advice would you give to women who want to get into the industry?

Don’t worry – about anything! Often I think women worry about the construction industry being predominantly male so my first piece of advice is take advantage of that. You are different, but this means people are likely to remember your name and you may come to mind as new opportunities arise. The second piece of advice is explore the roles you are interested in, nothing is off limits! Be bold, the worst they can say is no. And my last piece of advice, bring your sense of humour to work, you’ll likely need it!

How important is women-specific personal protective equipment (PPE)?

Really important! When ppe doesn’t fit properly, it doesn’t keep you safe. For too long women have had to make do with men’s clothing in smaller sizes which are ill-fitting. Days on site can be 12-hours long so  having the option to wear comfortable, stylish boots that fit well is essential.

How do you find our boots from the new women’s range?

I love the new boots. I tried both styles and decided on the Arbor boots. With a steel-toe cap they’re practical but also smart. I feel like I can go straight from meetings to site with them. And they’re lightweight. I have had site boots in the past that have been so heavy I have ended up with back pain by the end of the day but these I can wear like a normal pair of boots. I get loads of compliments on them – people think they’re just nice boots rather than work boots.

What do you stand for?

I really believe that you can be anything you want to be.  I think it’s really important that women and girls see women working in the construction industry.  So, I’m trying to be visible. I have an Instagram account which shows what I do on a day to day basis as well as other women in the industry.

Jessica wears our Arbor Steel Toe boots.


Tell us about yourself and what you do

I work as a Senior Project Manager for WWA in Devon and Cornwall on a wide range of schemes from education to commercial to hotels and leisure. I have a degree in Building Surveying from the College of Estate Management and became a Chartered Surveyor in 2016.

What made you get into this industry?

Even from a young age I was interested in the property industry. My first job after leaving college was as a Letting Agent. I soon realised how much I loved working with buildings, but I wanted a more in-depth career that could get me onto a building site.

What advice would you give to women who are wanting to get into this industry?

Get in contact with local surveying or construction firms and ask about placement opportunities, as this will give you a much better insight into what might suit your likes and skillset. Also consider your study options, I studied my degree by distance learning while working full-time. Going into job interviews for graduate roles I had an advantage over other candidates, as I already had significant hands-on work experience.

How important is women-specific personal protective equipment (PPE)?

It is fantastic to see a major brand like DM’s recognising the increasing role women are playing in the construction industry and the need for us to work in comfort. I’ve always struggled to find safety boots that fit properly because they are generally designed for men, and the same applies to standard issue high-vis jackets and vests.

How do you find the Maple boots?

The Maple boots are so comfortable I often end up wearing them back in the office. The cushioned sole means that you don’t get sore feet if you are out on site for long periods and I imagine they will be warm in the winter too.

What are the top 3 songs you’re listening to right now?

Alice Merton – No Roots
Khalid – Shot down
Fleetwood Mac  – Landslide

What do you stand for?

Having a strong sense of your values, knowing who you are and following your heart.


Emily wears the Maple Steel Toe boots.


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