Maison Martin Margiela dark grey felt tabi boots with cylindrical heel (39/40) — 1990’s

Size: 40 (fits fairly small)

Insole: 25 cm

Length toe-split to heel : 21,5 cm

Outer sole: 26 cm

Shaft height: 15 cm

Heel height: 8 cm



Dark grey felt outer

Fabric inner lining

Metal hooks

Wooden thick heel, painted black



Dark grey ankle boot

Split-toe tabi style, inspired by ancient Japanese workmen shoes

Fairly stiff outer in felt

They still need to be broken in

Round cylindrical heel made of wood, painted black

Closes with 5 hooks on the back, like traditional Japanese tabiboots

Reinforced heel patch

Lined in fabric

Original brown insole, which means it’s pre 2002

Presumably fall 1998


Condition: 4/5

Good condition with minimal wear



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

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