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Introduced at the very first show of the Maison, for the Spring-Summer 1989 season, the Tabi shoe takes inspiration from the traditional Japanese split-toe sock, bearing the same name. A “heritage classic” of the Maison, which perfectly captures its avant-garde and insubordinate spirit, this footwear piece has been revisited in different traditions throughout the history of the fashion house.
Classic Maison Margiela Tabi ankle-boots
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A Split-Toe Story

Dating back to 15th century Japan, what was referred to as “Tabi” was a clove toe pair of socks designed to wear Getas, traditional wooden platform sandals with a centered thong strap. The accessory gained popularity for its utilitarian design and eventually grew into a staple piece in the Wafuku, or Japanese costume. The style was developed by Margiela following a trip to Japan 30 years ago for its debut show and the Tabi technique was initially applied onto a womenswear ankle boot form with a signature hook fastening embellished by the iconic white paint color.

The Tabi Today

With the arrival of John Galliano as artistic director of the Maison, the accessory witnessed a strong comeback by being reworked through a contemporary yet groundbreaking spirit. The Tabi scuba boot in neoprene was the first of such creation, introduced in the Spring-Summer 2017, 27 years following the shoes birth. Many re-iterations of the classical format were born, in accordance with the new aesthetic codes of the Maison, whom also made the style available to the menswear line, recalling the traditional Tabi’s unisex characteristic. Most recently the Tabi has been developed into various lasts, shapes and heels, in order to offer a modern and playful interpretation of the iconic design.
Group image of different styles of the iconic Maison Margiela Tabi boot
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MAISON MARGIELA Graffiti Tabi boots Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman Graffiti Tabi boots r
Graffiti Tabi boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Graffiti Tabi sandals Tabi pumps Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi pumps Woman Graffiti Tabi sandals r
Graffiti Tabi sandals
 
MAISON MARGIELA Graffiti Tabi boots Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman Graffiti Tabi boots r
Graffiti Tabi boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Graffiti Tabi boots Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman Graffiti Tabi boots r
Graffiti Tabi boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Graffiti Tabi sneakers Sneakers Tabi Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Sneakers Tabi Woman Graffiti Tabi sneakers r
Graffiti Tabi sneakers
 
MAISON MARGIELA Graffiti Tabi sneakers Sneakers Tabi Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Sneakers Tabi Woman Graffiti Tabi sneakers r
Graffiti Tabi sneakers
 
MAISON MARGIELA Graffiti Tabi ballerinas Tabi ballet flats Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi ballet flats Woman Graffiti Tabi ballerinas r
Graffiti Tabi ballerinas
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi high-top velvet sneakers Sneakers Tabi Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Sneakers Tabi Woman Tabi high-top velvet sneakers r
Tabi high-top velvet sneakers
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi paint leather boots Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman Tabi paint leather boots r
Tabi paint leather boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi sequin boots Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman Tabi sequin boots r
Tabi sequin boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi sequin ballerinas Ballet flats Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballet flats Woman Tabi sequin ballerinas r
Tabi sequin ballerinas
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi calfskin ballerinas Ballet flats Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballet flats Woman Tabi calfskin ballerinas r
Tabi calfskin ballerinas
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi python-effect platform boots Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman Tabi python-effect platform boots r
Tabi python-effect platform boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi paint drop sneakers Sneakers Tabi Man f
MAISON MARGIELA Sneakers Tabi Man Tabi paint drop sneakers r
Tabi paint drop sneakers
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi python-effect calfskin boots Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman Tabi python-effect calfskin boots r
Tabi python-effect calfskin boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi python-effect ankle strap pumps Tabi ballet flats Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi ballet flats Woman Tabi python-effect ankle strap pumps r
Tabi python-effect ankle strap pumps
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi hologram leather boots Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman Tabi hologram leather boots r
Tabi hologram leather boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi hologram leather pumps Tabi pumps Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi pumps Woman Tabi hologram leather pumps r
Tabi hologram leather pumps
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi calfskin ballerinas Ballet flats Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballet flats Woman Tabi calfskin ballerinas r
Tabi calfskin ballerinas
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi calfskin boots Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Ankle boots Woman Tabi calfskin boots r
Tabi calfskin boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi velvet sneakers Sneakers Tabi Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Sneakers Tabi Woman Tabi velvet sneakers r
Tabi velvet sneakers
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi velvet sneakers Sneakers Tabi Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Sneakers Tabi Woman Tabi velvet sneakers r
Tabi velvet sneakers
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi faux leather sock boots Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman Tabi faux leather sock boots r
Tabi faux leather sock boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi leather ballerina pumps Tabi ballet flats Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi ballet flats Woman Tabi leather ballerina pumps r
Tabi leather ballerina pumps
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi leather ankle strap shoes Ballet flats Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballet flats Woman Tabi leather ankle strap shoes r
Tabi leather ankle strap shoes
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi double strap leather sandals Closed-toe slip-ons Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Closed-toe slip-ons Woman Tabi double strap leather sandals r
Tabi double strap leather sandals
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi hologram slingback pumps Tabi pumps Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi pumps Woman Tabi hologram slingback pumps r
Tabi hologram slingback pumps
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi hologram ankle boots Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman Tabi hologram ankle boots r
Tabi hologram ankle boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi double strap leather sandals Closed-toe slip-ons Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Closed-toe slip-ons Woman Tabi double strap leather sandals r
Tabi double strap leather sandals
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi calfskin boots Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman Tabi calfskin boots r
Tabi calfskin boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi calfskin ballerinas Ballet flats Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballet flats Woman Tabi calfskin ballerinas r
Tabi calfskin ballerinas
 
MAISON MARGIELA Calfskin Tabi ballet flats Tabi ballet flats Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi ballet flats Woman Calfskin Tabi ballet flats r
Calfskin Tabi ballet flats
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi calfskin boots Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Ankle boots Woman Tabi calfskin boots r
Tabi calfskin boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Calfskin Tabi boots Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Ankle boots Woman Calfskin Tabi boots r
Calfskin Tabi boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi ankle-strap shoes Ballet flats Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballet flats Woman Tabi ankle-strap shoes r
Tabi ankle-strap shoes
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi platform ankle boot Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Ankle boots Woman Tabi platform ankle boot r
Tabi platform ankle boot
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi calfskin boots Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman Tabi calfskin boots r
Tabi calfskin boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi calfskin boots Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman Tabi calfskin boots r
Tabi calfskin boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi calfskin boots Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Ankle boots Woman Tabi calfskin boots r
Tabi calfskin boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi calfskin boots Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman Tabi calfskin boots r
Tabi calfskin boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi calfskin ballerinas Tabi ballet flats Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi ballet flats Woman Tabi calfskin ballerinas r
Tabi calfskin ballerinas
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi leather ballerina pumps Ballet flats Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballet flats Woman Tabi leather ballerina pumps r
Tabi leather ballerina pumps
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi calfskin boots Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi boots & Ankle boots Woman Tabi calfskin boots r
Tabi calfskin boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Calfskin Tabi boots Ankle boots Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Ankle boots Woman Calfskin Tabi boots r
Calfskin Tabi boots
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi glitter ballerina Tabi ballet flats Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi ballet flats Woman Tabi glitter ballerina r
Tabi glitter ballerina
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi glitter ballerina Tabi ballet flats Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi ballet flats Woman Tabi glitter ballerina r
Tabi glitter ballerina
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi calfskin ballerinas Ballet flats Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballet flats Woman Tabi calfskin ballerinas r
Tabi calfskin ballerinas
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi low top canvas sneakers Sneakers Tabi Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Sneakers Tabi Woman Tabi low top canvas sneakers r
Tabi low top canvas sneakers
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi leather slip-ons Moccasins Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Moccasins Woman Tabi leather slip-ons r
Tabi leather slip-ons
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi leather slip-ons Moccasins Woman f
MAISON MARGIELA Moccasins Woman Tabi leather slip-ons r
Tabi leather slip-ons