When it comes to high fashion’s sneaker offering, regular readers of Highsnobiety will know all about our love for Maison Margiela‘s output. If you’re going to max out the credit card on some luxe kicks, there are plenty of worse things to spend your money on than some fresh creps from the fashion house.
And, while Margiela is known to drop some quirkier pieces on the apparel front ($1,000+ for less than a quarter of a sweater?), its footwear offerings are the gift that keep on giving, from its chunky Fusion, Artisanal and Security silhouettes to its sleeker sock and Replica kicks.
Scroll down to take a look at all the sneakers fast outpacing the rest of the luxury sneaker world, and our picks of each.
The minimalist Replica has released in all kinds of colorways now, from leopard print to neon green and space age, but you can’t beat the low-key colorways like the white and blue versions with gum sole below, or the newer, ultra-luxe satin pairs. Made from premium materials most traditionally including a quality leather upper with suede overlays, this is a timeless style from Margiela based on the classic Bundeswehr German army trainer.
The utilitarian Retro Fit silhouette of Margiela is a testament to the house’s love for extravagant cuts. The chunky, heeled low-top kicks feature exposed foam padding throughout, perforated toe details, and both a tonal lace-up and Velcro closure. Whether you rock plainer beige or white versions, or bolder metallic styles — all come with gold colorways.
Margiela’s Fusion is the Frankenstein’s monster of the sneaker world, featuring an extra-chunky shape, crazy glue splatterings, and a super unconventional deconstructed upper. Coming with the highest of all the Margiela footwear price tags, each of the more recent colorways is your most sure-fire way to land yourself in a fashion week street style round-up.
The first model to walk in the first ever Maison Margiela fashion show in 1989 was wearing a Tabi boot. Since then, the brand has become synonymous with the polarizing cleft-toe footwear. The split-toe design has been expanded to include ballet pumps, mary-janes, men’s boots, and yes – even sneakers.
These low-top Tabi sneakers are made from suede with a special silver foil treatment that wears off slowly over time. The back is finished with a signature straight white stitch and number logo.
Tennis, but make it high-fashion. This line of wedges begin with a triple velcro strap resting on a nappa leather upper with a contrasting leather panel on the heel. Following this are two pairs of simple lace-up sneakers in white and navy with a two-inch platform sole and a signature single white stitch along the back.
Margiela’s New Future range of sneakers combine experimental design with premium craftmanship. The high-top Desert Sneakers in beige feature padded uppers, concealed tonal lace-up closure, a tonal logo appliqué on the padded tongue, and a treaded rubber outsole.
If you’re looking for a sneaker with a bit of shimmer, the black low top sneakers are made with a high-shine satin-effect nylon and a raised rubberized logo on the sole.
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- Curated by: Yulia Pankova