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Surabaya mayor, UK ambassador share fondness for Dr. Martens shoes

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, March 16, 2019  /  10:03 am
Surabaya mayor, UK ambassador share fondness for Dr. Martens shoes

British Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik and Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini meet in Surabaya on Wednesday, both wearing Dr. Martens shoes. (Twitter/MoazzamTMalik/File)

British Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik recently shared his appreciation for Dr. Martens shoes, along with a compliment to Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini.

In a tweet posted on Thursday evening, he shared a photo of himself and Risma in a meeting, and both could be seen wearing the British brand footwear.

The caption read, “I think the Dr Martens shoes worn by Mrs. Risma are far cooler than my own. What do you think?”.

In the photo, Malik was seen wearing the Henley Oxford shoes, while Risma sported the 1460 classic boots while donning a mauve-colored kebaya and batik sarong.

Both met in Surabaya, East Java, on Wednesday to discuss Surabaya and Liverpool's cooperation as sister cities, especially on the #EnglishforIndonesia education campaign, aimed at promoting studies based on the English-language.

As reported by Antara news agency, Malik stated that he honored Risma for her efforts and innovations for Surabaya.

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“We also plan to create a website for learning the English language, accessible to the public,” he added.

Founded in the 1960s, Dr. Martens footwear is recognized by its air-cushioned sole and yellow stitching. The shoes became popular among the British youth of the ‘60s when popular band members were spotted wearing them. Since then, it has flourished in various British subcultures throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s.

After being at risk of bankruptcy in 2003, the brand came through in the early 2010s and remains one of the most well-known footwear brands.

In February, Risma’s fondness for Dr. Martens was first spotted by user @aslisuroboyo on Instagram. Risma was seen surveying rainwater puddles and sluice gates in Surabaya while wearing Dr. Martens boots.

According to, Risma tore her tendons in December while observing the city’s waterways. 

She opted for the boots as they were considered firm and could help her recovery. The mayor has been seen sporting several Dr. Martens boots on different occasions, from the cherry red 1460 to the 14-eye 1914 ones. (wng)

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