Maison Margiela and Reebok‘s Classic Leather Tabi is back in black (and white). After debuting in January via a hand-painted “Bianchetto” colorway, the high end split-toed take on Reebok’s classic trainer is opting for more simple looks, ones that put the shoe’s famed shape — and its modified signature detail — on full display.
Built of supple Napa leather, each upper features a fully monochromatic build that’s centered around the split toebox. Due to the no-frills nature of the designs, branding is largely kept to a minimum. The only visible exception is a co-branded Margiela/Reebok tongue tag that diverges from the tonal palette by offering a dash of white on the black shoe and a sprinkle of black on the white shoe. Each pair replicates this graphic on its insoles, is rounded off with a standard EVA foam midsole and comes with a special pair of Tabi socks. In an interesting footnote, each was originally introduced in the ’80s: Margiela debuted its Tabi toe in 1988 and Reebok first released the Classic Leather in 1983.
For a different take on Tabi style, check out Maison Margiela’s fully transparent Tabi loafers.
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