Margiela obviously didn’t ‘invent’ the Tabi, it’s a traditional Japanese worker’s shoe that has existed for at least four centuries. He just did what he does best: deconstructing established forms in order to construct something new. The idea behind the Tabi boot was to create an invisible shoe, the illusion of a bare foot walking on a chunky heel.
“The Tabi boot is the most important footprint of my career: it’s recognizable, it still goes on after 25 years, and it has never been copied” – Martin Margiela
More than just a shoe
Besides a beautiful piece of footwear, Tabi’s also tend to be an interesting topic of conversation (“funny boots you’re wearing”) and the ideal accessory to carry along small accessories. Money, cigarettes, a knife, flowers, bank cards and even little shoulder bags. You name it, Tabi can handle it.
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