Maison Margiela and Reebok unveiled a lower-top version the Classic Leather Tabi High trainer in their ongoing collaboration.
Reebok’s Classic Leather runners, which were first released in 1983 by the French fashion house, are being reinterpreted by Maison Margiela using Maison Margiela’s decortique technique.
John Galliano, Maison Margiela’s creative director, invented decortique. It is a technical term that Maison Margiela uses to describe the dismantling of garments or accessories to reveal their core structures. The brand explains that by removing the outer architectural framework of an object which holds it together, the inner structure can be revealed.
Reebok’s original Classic Leather Tabi Decortique Low design is based on the classic Classic Leather pattern and base. The split-toe was derived from Maison Margiela’s Tabi shoe, which was created in 1988. The decortique technique involves removing leather panels to expose the trainer’s fabric lining. This creates a cage-like shape.
The low-top trainer is available in three colors: tonal black, red, and white leather. Maison Margiela will also offer the signature ‘bianchetto technique, which is a hand-executed, white-painted black leather base that intentionally chips with wear.
Maison Margiela x Reebok Classic Leather Tabi Decortique Low available in select Maison Margiela shops and online at maisonmargiela.com. The leather version starts at 405 Pounds / 450 Euros / 595 US Dollars.