Wollaston, Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
What fashion statement have the Pope and Madonna made? Both have worn Dr. Martens (aka Doc Martens, Docs, or DMs), the chunky, thick-soled shoes and boots made by R. Griggs and sold in specialty stores and major retailers. The style has grown beyond the classic, black, lace-up boot to include more than 1,000 variations of boots, shoes, and sandals for adults and children. R. Griggs, one of the UK's biggest shoemakers, returned to its work-boot roots when sales dwindled, but it's back to getting its feet wet elsewhere again. Founded a century ago, the company has been making Docs since 1960. Max Griggs, president, and his brother Stephen, vice chairman, own the company.