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 Stivaletti Tabi in pelle verniciata Stivaletti Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi Donna Stivaletti Tabi in pelle verniciata r
Stivaletti Tabi in pelle verniciata
 
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi con paillettes Stivaletti Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi Donna Stivaletti Tabi con paillettes r
Stivaletti Tabi con paillettes
 
MAISON MARGIELA Sandali Tabi in pelle con doppio cinturino Decolletes Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Decolletes Donna Sandali Tabi in pelle con doppio cinturino r
Sandali Tabi in pelle con doppio cinturino
 
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi in pelle di vitello Stivaletti Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi Donna Stivaletti Tabi in pelle di vitello r
Stivaletti Tabi in pelle di vitello
 
MAISON MARGIELA Stivali Tabi in pelle di vitello effetto pitone Stivaletti Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi Donna Stivali Tabi in pelle di vitello effetto pitone r
Stivali Tabi in pelle di vitello effetto pitone
 
MAISON MARGIELA Décolleté Tabi effetto pitone con cinturino alla caviglia Ballerine Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerine Tabi Donna Décolleté Tabi effetto pitone con cinturino alla caviglia r
Décolleté Tabi effetto pitone con cinturino alla caviglia
 
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi effetto pitone con plateau Stivaletti Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi Donna Stivaletti Tabi effetto pitone con plateau r
Stivaletti Tabi effetto pitone con plateau
 
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerina Tabi in pelle Ballerine Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerine Donna Ballerina Tabi in pelle r
Ballerina Tabi in pelle
 
MAISON MARGIELA Stivali Tabi Hologram in pelle Stivaletti Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi Donna Stivali Tabi Hologram in pelle r
Stivali Tabi Hologram in pelle
 
MAISON MARGIELA Décolleté Tabi Hologram in pelle Décolleté Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Décolleté Tabi Donna Décolleté Tabi Hologram in pelle r
Décolleté Tabi Hologram in pelle
 
MAISON MARGIELA Décolleté Tabi slingback Hologram Décolleté Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Décolleté Tabi Donna Décolleté Tabi slingback Hologram r
Décolleté Tabi slingback Hologram
 
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi Hologram Stivaletti Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi Donna Stivaletti Tabi Hologram r
Stivaletti Tabi Hologram
 
MAISON MARGIELA Sandali Tabi in pelle con cinturino Ballerine Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerine Donna Sandali Tabi in pelle con cinturino r
Sandali Tabi in pelle con cinturino
 
MAISON MARGIELA Sandali Tabi in pelle con doppio cinturino Decolletes Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Decolletes Donna Sandali Tabi in pelle con doppio cinturino r
Sandali Tabi in pelle con doppio cinturino
 
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi a calzino in pelle sintetica Stivaletti Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi Donna Stivaletti Tabi a calzino in pelle sintetica r
Stivaletti Tabi a calzino in pelle sintetica
 
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerine Tabi in pelle Ballerine Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerine Tabi Donna Ballerine Tabi in pelle r
Ballerine Tabi in pelle
 
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerine Tabi con glitter Ballerine Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerine Tabi Donna Ballerine Tabi con glitter r
Ballerine Tabi con glitter
 
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerine Tabi con glitter Ballerine Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerine Tabi Donna Ballerine Tabi con glitter r
Ballerine Tabi con glitter
 
MAISON MARGIELA Scarpe Tabi con cinturino alla caviglia Ballerine Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerine Donna Scarpe Tabi con cinturino alla caviglia r
Scarpe Tabi con cinturino alla caviglia
 
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi con plateau Stivaletti Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Donna Stivaletti Tabi con plateau r
Stivaletti Tabi con plateau
 
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerina Tabi in pelle Ballerine Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerine Donna Ballerina Tabi in pelle r
Ballerina Tabi in pelle
 
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerina 'Tabi' piatta in pelle di vitello. Ballerine Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerine Tabi Donna Ballerina 'Tabi' piatta in pelle di vitello. r
Ballerina 'Tabi' piatta in pelle di vitello.
 
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerina Tabi in pelle Ballerine Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerine Tabi Donna Ballerina Tabi in pelle r
Ballerina Tabi in pelle
 
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerine Tabi in pelle Ballerine Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerine Donna Ballerine Tabi in pelle r
Ballerine Tabi in pelle
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi stivale in pelle di vitello Stivaletti Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi Donna Tabi stivale in pelle di vitello r
Tabi stivale in pelle di vitello
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi stivale in pelle di vitello Stivaletti Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi Donna Tabi stivale in pelle di vitello r
Tabi stivale in pelle di vitello
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi stivale in pelle di vitello Stivaletti Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Donna Tabi stivale in pelle di vitello r
Tabi stivale in pelle di vitello
 
MAISON MARGIELA Stivale 'Tabi' in pelle di vitello Stivaletti Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Donna Stivale 'Tabi' in pelle di vitello r
Stivale 'Tabi' in pelle di vitello
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi stivale in pelle di vitello Stivaletti Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi Donna Tabi stivale in pelle di vitello r
Tabi stivale in pelle di vitello
 
MAISON MARGIELA Stivale 'Tabi' in pelle di vitello Stivaletti Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Donna Stivale 'Tabi' in pelle di vitello r
Stivale 'Tabi' in pelle di vitello
 
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi in pelle di vitello Stivaletti Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Donna Stivaletti Tabi in pelle di vitello r
Stivaletti Tabi in pelle di vitello
 
MAISON MARGIELA Tabi stivale in pelle di vitello Stivaletti Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Stivaletti Tabi Donna Tabi stivale in pelle di vitello r
Tabi stivale in pelle di vitello
 
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerine Tabi in pelle di vitello Ballerine Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Ballerine Donna Ballerine Tabi in pelle di vitello r
Ballerine Tabi in pelle di vitello
 
MAISON MARGIELA Sneakers Tabi basse in tela Sneakers Tabi Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Sneakers Tabi Donna Sneakers Tabi basse in tela r
Sneakers Tabi basse in tela
 
MAISON MARGIELA Scarpe Tabi slip-on Mocassini Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Mocassini Donna Scarpe Tabi slip-on r
Scarpe Tabi slip-on
 
MAISON MARGIELA Scarpe Tabi slip-on Mocassini Donna f
MAISON MARGIELA Mocassini Donna Scarpe Tabi slip-on r
Scarpe Tabi slip-on