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 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?), Maison Margiela sneakers are the gift that keeps on giving, from its chunky Fusion silhouette to its sleeker Replica kicks and Reebok partnership.
Shop all of the best Maison Margiela sneakers below.
The minimalist Replica has been 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.
One of the most exciting partnerships in the current sneaker landscape is undoubtedly Maison Margiela x Reebok. The two imprints offer very different values, but together it's a match made in heaven. Reebok's staple sportswear classics get an unorthodox stamp under the control of Margiela, from roman sandal-like ankle builds to the signature split-toe Tabi.
What really sets Maison Margiela sneakers apart from the crowd is the label's ability to take inspiration from the past while putting a completely novel spin on it. It's a style proven in abundance by the retro-leaning Replica and further cemented by the newer Evolution silhouette.
This lightweight nylon runner features a chunky sole unit for impact which boasts a classic gum outsole for that signature retro finish.
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.
One of the best things about Maison Margiela, especially its sneaker category, is that it's always refreshed. Despite this label's long history and established name, it's always seeking the next shocking thing. One of the brand's most recent silhouettes is the DDstk — a tongue-in-cheek look at sneaker culture right now. Featuring a pre-crumbled sole unit and classic basketball-style uppers, it feels like a sneakerhead's deadstock icon, ready to fall apart as soon as it's worn.
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