Maison Margiela’s iconic Tabi shoe made it’s debut on the runway back in 1988, and has since held the position of fashion's most covetable piece. The split-toed shoe has appeared in countless iterations; as a ballet pump, a flat boot, a heeled boot (my personal favourite), in clear plastic, drenched in glitter, as a plain sole taped to a model’s foot even, we could go on. The latest version of the Tabi took to the runway yesterday at the Maison Margiela spring 2020 couture show; as a surprising Reebok sneaker-Tabi hybrid, fusing the runway classic with the American Instapump Fury.
The dual-logoed shoe marks the king of couture’s first collaboration since joining the house of Margiela in 2014, and his first collaboration with a mainstream brand in history. Building on the ongoing conversation at Galliano's Margiela regarding humanity and technology in the digital age, the shoe employs the technical inventions of Reekbok, becoming the statement shoe for the cyber-industrial revolution. Available in six colourways, from Margiela’s preferred all-white, to all black and varying combinations of yellow, black, red and blue, the shoe will drop in a flat and heeled version at Maison Margiela stores later this year.
Accompanied by Stephen Jones’ pillar-box hats and face-covering sheer scarves, the sneaker-boots were part of a heavily accessorised collection that “re-evaluat[ed] the values of the bourgeois dressing”, in Galliano’s own words. The collection championed Galliano’s signature gender-defying deconstruction with oversized outerwear, wide legged trousers, busy prints and heavy layering, many pieces repurposed from Parisian charity shops, upcycled chic!
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