Ever since A Cold Wall debuted back in 2015, British designer Samuel Ross has consistently sharpened his vision for luxury streetwear with each new collection. The label’s earliest offerings consisted primarily of utilitarian T-shirts and sweatshirts, but have since expanded to include higher-fashion gear like asymmetrical topcoats and sharp shirting. Today, Ross stands as an award-winning and highly influential designer, and A Cold Wall hangs on racks at the world’s finest retailers.
So, it wasn’t a huge surprise when news broke earlier this year that Ross would be collaborating with the iconic Dr. Martens. (Two generations of unmissable British fashion teaming up.) And this week marks the drop of the duo’s latest shoe—and it’s just the type of unexpectedd, tough-wearing design Ross had made a trademark.
Dr. Martens’ beloved 1461 style, a three-eye oxford that has been in production since the 1960s, that gets remixed to exist within A Cold Wall’s world. The aesthetics of brutalist architecture—hulking silhouettes and menacing materials—have long been a theme in Ross’ handiwork, and he brings that commanding sensibility to this collaboration. The famous black rubber Dr. Martens sole is swapped for translucent grey, and a clever ghillie lacing system obscures the shoelaces. In a tough-as-nails finishing detail, the shoe gets hammered with brushed silver metal rivets—the result feels both utilitarian and design-forward at once. It drops on November 4 via A Cold Wall and will see a wider release via Dr. Martens and select retailers the following weekend.
Even in this era of weirdo sneakers and comfort-first footwear, a great dress shoe remains a style essential. This season, we’re all about finding new ways to freak your formalwear. That might mean opting for an eccentric tuxedo or a shimmering tie—or in this case, the toughest oxfords you’ve ever seen. Leave it to A Cold Wall and Dr. Martens to deliver an unexpected design that’s sure to elevate all of your winter fits—a brutalist-inspired dress shoe has never looked so good.