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- martens air cushioned sole
heel type: flat
- material composition: class="a-list-item">shaft diameter: normal
- shoe width: regular
chelsea boot manufacturer's description it all began near munich, germany in 1945 when dr. klaus maertens injured his foot a skiing accident the bavarian alps. to make walking easier during healing process, he designed shoe with an air-cushioned sole. using old rubber tires, constructed soles that had trapped within closed compartments. showed prototype engineer/inventor friend, herbert funck, and together they decided develop produce shoes. not only did solve doctor's immediate problem, but also started sell well germany. by 1959 two founders needed company distribute shoes, then called maertens, other parts of world. at first, many manufacturers rejected concept sole as short-lived gimmick. however, r. griggs group, located village wollaston england, go along idea creating first work revolutionary on 1 april. 1960, cherry-red eight-eyelet was produced named 1460 (1/4/60). brand name better anglicized martens. range branded airwair rest is history.