Maison Margiela and Reebok have announced the launch of the Classic Leather Tabi in bianchetto, a new sneaker to be released on January 30th, 2021 as part of their ongoing collaboration. Drawing on codes evolved by creative director John Galliano, the sneaker expresses the characteristics of the French fashion house through one of the sportswear brand’s most recognizable designs. The latest chapter in the collaboration – first launched in early 2020 – the new style represents the most distilled take on the codes of Maison Margiela and Reebok to date. Unifying innovation with nostalgia, fashion meets functionality in a contemporary design with a timeless appeal.
The Classic Leather Tabi splices two icons into one. Maison Margiela created the Tabi in 1988. With its recognizable split-toe construction – and the signature footprint it creates – it represents the deconstructive design philosophy key to the house, and echoes its themes of reality vs. illusion. A formidable running shoe, the Classic Leather from 1983 has become a staple in the casual wardrobe and remains one of Reebok’s most respected and recognizable shoes. For the collaboration, the Classic Leather was entirely rebuilt to accommodate the Tabi split-toe. The style is created in nappa leather with an EVA sole. It is made in hand-painted white coating on a black leather base – the signature ‘Bianchetto’ technique of Maison Margiela, which purposely chips with wear.
The Classic Leather Tabi is priced at AED 1,599 and will be released exclusively through a raffle on the Reebok MENA Instagram page.