Maison Martin Margiela grey prototype sandals with handwriting (37) — spring 2007

Size: 37

Insole: 23,5 cm

Platform: 1 cm

Heel height: 10 cm



Leather insole

Cork sole

Wooden heel

Leather outer with paper cover (tyvek)



Mary Jane style sandal in grey

Rectangular wooden wedge heel

Leather covered in tyvek paper, giving it a wrinkled look

Prototype of the perspex heel sandal

Handwritten notes in Italian on the top: accorciare (shorten) and filo grezzo (raw thread)

Drawn lines on where the stitching should be along the front part

‘Crystal’ handwritten in pencil on the wedge heels

The wedges are triangular and they are attached with a visible glue detail to the sandal

All leather straps seem to be fasten by tied ribbons

Ankle strap with adjustable buckle

Little peeptoe


Cork insole

From the spring 2007 collection,

Line 22: footwear

Comes with original box


Condition: 3,5/5

Fairly good condition, but some distressing of the paper at the ankle strap

Should be kept dry due to the handwritten notes and the paper-covered leather



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 1.9 kg
Shoe size