Innovation meets nostalgia. Fashion collides with functionality. All without losing a contemporary and above all genderless design: it is the Classic Leather Tabi sneakers designed by Maison Margiela for Reebok.
Two icons in one shoe. A fusion of the distinctive codes of the French fashion house in one of the most recognizable models of the American brand. On the one hand, Reebook's Classic Leather, which was born as a running sneaker in 1983 but which over time has become an essential part of a casual wardrobe. On the other hand, the split-toe Tabi design, introduced in 1988 by John Galliano, fully expresses the maison's deconstructive design philosophy. The flip-flop shape, almost animalistic but also science fiction, has occupied the imagination of fashion since its launch.
Two apparently distant worlds, high fashion and streetwear, team up to rewrite contemporary history, creating one of the most desired and curious pieces of next spring / summer 2021.
The first chapter begins on January 30, with the launch of what has become the most surprising model. The focus is on the use of the exclusive "Bianchetto" technique: a layer of white paint is applied by hand on the black leather base, which intentionally shatters with wear and time. A worn effect, a shoe in continuous evolution and combination in perfect Maison Margiela deconstructed style.
The second chapter arrives on February 26 with a more minimal version with white or black variants. The design remains common for all models. For this collaboration, the Classic Leather was internally rebuilt to fit the Tabi's split-toe. The external silhouette is in nappa leather with laces, double logo tongue, fabric lining and EVA sole.
It is definitely not a shoe for everyone. Style can exceed versatility. The fit of the Classic Leather is different from any other sneakers: unlike what it may seem with a bold design, it has a comfortable fit that allows good freedom of movement. Therefore, we recommend staying true to your original size, or, for the more daring feet, choosing a half size smaller.
At this point you may be wondering, but how are they worn? For a particular sneakers you need special accessories. It is no coincidence that the "tabi" are nothing more than traditional Japanese cotton socks that reach ankle height and separate the big toe from the other toes. This is why a modern version has been created that helps fit the shoe. For all lovers of the maniacal shoe-sock combination, you will find a pair in every pack of sneakers. These too, in white or black version with co-branding logo in evidence.
The Maison Margiela x Reebok duo writes in the third chapter of their collaboration with the launch of the "Club C" model. Presented for the first time in 1985, this Reebok tennis shoe becomes a reference point for both the sports and fashion world.
Thanks to the partnership with Maison Margiela, sneakers take on a new life. In fact, what makes the new entry special is the technique used on the upper. The effect of "Trompe l'oeil", a particular print that creates a 2D optical illusion on the surface.
Available from 24 March in a white or black version, it has managed to conquer a more traditional audience, who loves to wear a minimal style without losing a touch of originality.