Brand: Maison Margiela
Model: Black Tabi Medic Strap leather sneaker
Key Features: The sneaker-sandal hybrid’s upper is constructed out of a combination of neoprene, Velcro, and leather. A forefoot strap runs zigzag across the vamp and fastens around the side of the heel. Margiela’s signature Tabi split-toe design elevates the shoe, with a treaded rubber outsole completing the look.
Release Date: Available now
Price: €550 (or $765 including import duties for US sales)
Editor’s Notes: Maison Margiela has been pushing its signature Tabi split-toe designs hard this year, as evidenced by the style’s debut on a number of classic silhouettes. Now, the fashion house has dropped a neoprene sandal featuring a Tabi split toe. Its neoprene and leather construction and triple-black makeup give it a slight ninja vibe.
Margiela’s Tabi footwear is inspired by traditional split-toed tabi socks, which were traditionally worn with thonged footwear in Japan dating back to the 15th century. If rumors are to be believed, Nike is also looking to re-release its Air Rift, which also features a split-toe design, amid new interest in tabi-style footwear for men.
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