Sole Iconic: Margiela's Japanese-Inspired, Tabi Boot


The Tabi originated in Japan as a customary footwear worn with a kimono. It was also commonly worn by samurais in the feudal periods.

Maison Martin Margiela paid homage to the Tabi by reinventing it with a lifted sole and sophisticated, buttery leather. Its iconic design has spawned a cult following, with many different permutations of this revolutionary boot.


Wearable Art: Margiela Tabi Boots

Own a piece of sartorial history


I’ve searched high and low for these boots. Somehow, I could never seem to secure an order at the opportune time — whether it be the proper sizing sizing or the preferred, aesthetic style of the boot. This purchase had eluded me forever — until now.

About a month ago, I discovered them on Italist. And they were exactly what I wanted. What I’ve dreamt of for years, ever since I first coveted them.


While the Tabi may not exactly be everyone’s cup of tea, the Margiela brand does have more classic boots in its repertoire. These velvety suede beauties come as they are — in a recognizable Chelsea silhouette that is as wearable as they are traditional for the modern man.


An alternative.

Classic but still stylishly suede.


Both versions are now available on Moda Operandi and Farfetch.