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.

Maison Martin Margiela Plexiglass-Heeled Ankle Boots

Margiela has always been one of my favorite designers. Ever since I went to the brand’s exhibit in London, its modern, experimental designs have held a special place in my heart. Shopping through the Sakss website the other day, I stumbled upon the Maison Martin Margiela Mismatched Ankle Strap Sandals. I clicked on the thumnail, intrigued and wanting to take a closer look, and came to realize they were two different shoes.

The sandals, in my opinion, really aren’t so mismatched. Instead, I found them complimentary to each other; the ying to the other’s yang, if you will. Maybe it’s just me, but I actually questioned purchasing these sandals. It’s plain on one side and an unexpected twist on the other. What do you think: would you buy mismatched sandals? If so, you can purchase these for $397 through Saks Fifth Avenue. There is also a heeled version available here.

Whenever I see a particularly interesting or unique shoe, my mind automatically goes to which famous person would wear the shoe first. Imagining a design in someone’s wardrobe helps give it automatic context, and my styling ideas usually start from there.

Perhaps it’s unfair to say that only Kanye West could love the Maison Martin Margiela Metallic Flat Sneaker, but he’d certainly be the first celebrity or fashion person in line for them. It doesn’t matter that they’re made for women – Yeezy will cross gender lines for something he likes (he has in the past for Celine ready-to-wear), and these shoes are right up his alley. (more…)

For some reason, I have a very difficult time distinguishing between copper and rose gold when it comes to clothing items. When I first laid eyes on the sublime Maison Martin Margiela Metallic Oxfords, my immediate thought was, “Oh my, rose gold mirror patent oxfords. I MUST HAVE THEM.” Margiela and Saks, however, call them copper.

Rose gold seems light years more luxurious to me, even though there’s not a qualitative difference unless we’re talking about the actual metal. For that reason, I’m going to go right on thinking that these delightful little lace-ups are the color that I first assumed them to be. (more…)


Maison Martin Margiela Degrade Patent and Suede Brogues, $795 via Net-a-Porter.

Usually when a fashion piece starts as one thing but slowly makes its way into a completely different ending, the attribute we’re referring to is color. Ombre, degrade – they almost always point toward a gradual change in hue. Because Maison Martin Margiela doesn’t like to do anything the normal way, though, the Maison Martin Margiela Degrade Patent and Suede Brogues start off as black patent and end up as black suede, a gimmick that has me very curious. (more…)


Maison Martin Margiela Open Toe Pumps, $855 via Saks. Maison Martin Margiela Open Toe Strappy Pumps, $930 via Saks.

Usually, when dealing with a shoe that calls itself “open toe,” that means it’s open from the front. As has come to be expected from Maison Martin Margiela, though, the Maison Martin Margiela Open Toe Pumps take that idea and turn it on its head, opening the shoe from the top instead of expose a glittering sandal strap. The end result looks sort of like the top of the shoe’s vamp got accidentally sliced off during manufacturing, but I’m betting that’s all part of the plan. (more…)

Sequins have been having an extended moment over the past few seasons, and the more people who churn out sequin products, the more obvious it is that it’s actually quite difficult to make a sequined object of any sort look high-end and expensive. Sequins are usually plastic or foil, after all, and those aren’t usually materials with which you associate high-dollar clothing. These sequins, though? They’re metallic leather.

Dare I say, though, that the Maison Martin Margiela Leather Paillette Slouch Booties have done it? They’ve taken a slouchy leather bootie that has been very successful for Margiela in the past and covered it with tonal, subtly shiny leather “sequins,” and the end result is a shoe that could be worn as a pump in reasonable weather. Also, it must be mentioned, part of this shoe’s success comes from using the classy “paillettes” in stead of the crass “sequins.” It’s all psychological, people. (more…)

The great thing about fashion is that even if one trend isn’t your proverbial cup of tea, a new and diametrically opposite trend will usually come along immediately afterward to offer itself up for those left out by what preceded it. For those of you who joined me in hating the chunktastic platforms that will be dotting retail stores this spring, I’d like to offer up the Maison Martin Margiela Hook Buckle Flat Sandals.

Lanvin and Chloe showed similar flat sandals on this season’s runways, but at less than half the price of a pair of black leather Lanvins, these Margielas are certainly a great alternative if you’re looking to add an industrial edge to your everyday footwear. (more…)

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