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IN MY DOC’S: EBONY WARD

We love to shine a spotlight on the very cool people who work in our stores and headquarters because they’re the ones who ‘live’ the rebellious, unique Dr. Martens brand … and know how to seriously rock a pair of Doc’s of course.

Meet Ebony Ward, the Sales Supervisor of Dr. Martens Chicago – State St. We caught up with her about her ever-growing collection of Doc’s, her one-of-a-kind style, and her favorite things to do in the windy city.

Introduce yourself.
My name is Ebony, but I go by Medusa most often. I’m a mixed-media visual artist from Chicago. I’m currently working on my website and curating a showcase, Forbidden Fruit, for talented artists here in the city. It’s a show celebrating women and a portion of proceeds are going to Planned Parenthood. It’s on December 29 — if you’re in Chicago and would like to come out or donate, the details are here.

Tell us about the shoes you’re wearing.
I’m wearing my Lazy Oaf 1461s.  My favorite thing about them is how unique the design is; they really are a reflection of my style. I also love how well they go with my favorite sweater from a Chicago streetwear brand, Poshsway.

How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as a twist between punk and goth. I love everything about those cultures and they really represent who I am as an artist and an individual.

Tell us about your Dr. Martens collection.
I currently own 13 pairs of Doc’s. I’m still trying to get my collection up because I love the brand so much! I think one of my craziest pairs are my Hollys. That patent leather is so me! I love the platform sole too — not only for the height boost but because it is so edgy and grunge.

I’d have to say my go-to pair is my 1461 Bex. The classic 1461 silhouette paired with the slightly thicker sole gives it just enough umph to spice up my everyday looks. I literally live in this shoe!

Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens.
My first pair of Doc’s were hardcore. I did some intense searching to figure out the name. They’re called Billie! I got them when I was 14 and everyone thought I was crazy. They had three buckle straps and were fur lined (similar styles here). I literally wore them everywhere, no one could convince me to take them off. I even wore them in the summer to Lollapalooza in 2016 and nearly died from a heat stroke. I regret nothing!

What do you love most about Chicago?
Being born and raised in Chicago is such a blessing honestly. The city is so beautiful and rich in culture. I’m able to meet and connect with so many different kinds of artists. This city really is a melting pot!

What is your go-to place in Chicago?
My go to places in Chicago include the Museum of Contemporary Art and the lake. There’s always an amazing exhibit being displayed at the museum, like this summer’s Murakami exhibit. I had to go back three times to really take it all in. Whenever I’m in a rut, I go to the lake and just stare at the waves. It always makes me calm and level-headed.

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