Maison Martin Margiela black tabi boots with nails in the heel (40) — spring 2009 limited edition

Size: 40 (fit smaller)

Insole: 25 – 25,5 cm

Outer sole: 26 cm

Shaft height: 15 cm

Heel height: 8 cm



Leather top and insole

Wooden thick heel, painted black



Black ankle boot

Tabi shoes with split-toes

Inspired by ancient Japanese workmen’s shoes

Thick wooden circular heels

Multiple nails pushed into the heels, in silver black and gold

“Thousands of small pins” as described by the staff

Classic tabi hook closures on the back

Reinforced leather heel patch

A very limited edition of which only 150 pairs were made wordwide,

this pair is numbered 97 of 150 (pressed into the undersole)

Part of the virtual shoe museum collection

Comes with the original shoebox and two showercap dustbags


Condition: 4/5

Very good condition, except for a scuff on the inside of the heel


Example of the complimentary card for pair nr. 93, not included with this pair (nr. 97)



About Maison Martin Margiela

Martin Margiela is a Belgian designer, graduating from the Royal Academy of fine arts in Antwerp.


He is often mistaken as one of the ‘Antwerp Six’.

At the time when Ann Demeulemeester,Walter van Beirendonck, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee were showcasing in London, Margiela was already working for Jean Paul Gaultier.


Martin Margiela stayed away from the public eye, remaining backstage after his shows and only allowing press to contact hem via fax.


Maison Martin Margiela’s discreet brand label consists of a blank piece of cloth or with the numbers 0-23. The trademark is attached with four small, white stitches, visible on the outside on unlined garments. The concept behind this was so the tag could be cut out, making the garment anonymous like it’s creator.


Margiela’s work is highly conceptual; a large piece of his repertoire is playing with conventions and recycling. Influenced by Rei Kawakubo, he works with deconstructed garments and frayed edges, nevertheless are his garments perfectly tailored. A lot of his work also includes trompe-l’oeil, a reference to René Magritte.


Martin Margiela was appointed as a Guest member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in 2010. His work is more often talked about as ‘art’ rather than fashion.


His most iconic piece is his tabi boot, Margiela’s interpretation of Japanese split-toe tabi socks.


Margiela left his eponymous label in 2009, leaving the creative staff to continue the collection for several seasons. In 2014 John Galliano was appointed as new head designer.

The only way now get an original Martin Margiela piece, is only by buying vintage Margiela clothing.

Additional information

Weight 2.1 kg
Shoe size