They were originally created by Dr Klaus Märtens in Munich after he suffered a skiing accident. He found that the boots he had were too uncomfortable, so he set out to create the ideal boots to help his recovery.
The shoes were originally marketed for the working class for around £2. They were initially a hit with factory workers, postmen and policemen who would spend hours on their feet. Because of their price and hardiness, they became popular with both the working class and the politically active.
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