Maison Martin Margiela’s shoes tend to be a tad divisive for footwear lovers. If you simply love pretty, sexy shoes, the brand’s creations are likely not for you. If you prefer weird to pretty and unexpected to sexy, then leave the Louboutins and Choos to your friends and step right up for a pair of the Maison Martina Margiela Plexiglass Heeled Ankle Boots. Little heel inside of a big heel! We see what you did there, Margiela. Literally. We see it.
Margiela’s creations, shoes or otherwise, are almost always a comment on something about how we dress ourselves, the absurdity of fashion or the clothing customs that we’ve come to take for granted. In this shoe, the spindly neon stiletto is made both visible and more wearable by a shroud of clear plexiglass surrounding it, creating a sturdy foundation on which to walk. You’ll still suffer for your vanity because of the height, but not quite as much as if you were trying to keep your balance. It’s not exactly a no muss, no fuss look, but maybe only half of the muss/fuss, and for the effort, you get a designer joke as well as a shoe.
Many of Margiela’s creations end up being extremely difficult to wear, but I could see these boots being put into fairly regular rotation – after all, a black boot is a classic and a lucite heel is no longer the stripper-only staple it used to be, plus the neon pink could serve as that ever-elusive “pop of color” that no one will stop talking about even though I’m pretty sure everyone hates that phrase by now. Anyway, I’ve lost the plot. Ahh, yes, pick up a pair of these boots for $1,590 via Net-a-Porter.