Maison Martin Margiela white painted tabi boots with low heel (39) — fall 1998

Size: 39 (fits small)

Full insole: 24 cm

Length heel to split-toe: 21 cm

Outer sole: 25,5 cm

Heel height: 2,5 cm



Black leather

Bright white paint

Wooden heel



Black tabi ankle boots, painted in bright pink

The paint flakes have come off due to wear, which is the intended look

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

Low round cylindrical heel made of wood, painted white too

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

Black leather inner

Brown insole, pre-mass production

Presumably fall 1998

Comes with its original box

Original foam tabi-toe filler included


Condition: 4,5/5

As new



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