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

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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.

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Wearable Art: Margiela Tabi Boots

Own a piece of sartorial history

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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.

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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.

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An alternative.

Classic but still stylishly suede.

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Both versions are now available on Moda Operandi and Farfetch.