tabi4Maison Martin Margiela Tabi Boots

When Margiela released the clear heeled Tabi Boots early last year I went from being a mere admirer of the style to realising how much I’d actually like to own a pair. They went on sale and I almost bought them then, but held out because I was about to embark on a trip to Japan. I saw them in person for the first time at the Margiela store in Omotesando, Tokyo and was awe-struck to see something so iconic in the flesh. They weren’t on sale in Japan yet so I left them behind, and by the time I got home I realised that my money would be better invested in the classic black heeled version instead. I searched compulsively online and could only turn up one store with my size in stock. They were full price.

So I waited.

I waited and waited and waited. For ten months I waited, and when they still hadn’t gone on sale and I still wanted them as desperately as the day I first saw them I knew I was being foolish. I e-mailed the store and the customer service team confirmed that they were never ever going to go on sale. They only had one pair left in my size. I mulled. There were still no other pairs I could find online in my size that had popped up for a better deal in the mean time. So what was I waiting for? I had already saved for so long for them and had enough money to pay for them. They were a no-risk purchase – there was nothing transient about the design or my desire for them.

So I bought them.
And I’m in love.

After quizzing several Tabi owners I’d drawn the conclusion that these were no ordinary shit-kicking boots like my Acne Pistols. The leather is infinitely soft, and the craftsmanship is delicate. They aren’t to be worn every day but (like most things that come with a hefty price-tag) if cared for, would last for years and should look better with wear.

I’ve only worn them once because since the weather’s cooled down in Melbourne I haven’t had anywhere nice to justify their wear. So I stare at them every day on my shelf and do not regret purchasing them for a moment. I’d like to thank the customer service team at the store I purchased them from – Totokaelo – their pre and after-sales communication has been excellent. Although the shipping is expensive to Australia I highly recommend shopping with them, it was truly one of the best online shopping experiences I’ve ever had.

Do you have an item you waited a very long time to buy? Was it worth the wait?


u really have an amazing style ….

karl leuterio shared this comment on 19 April 2013 at 5:25 PM

The leather looks incredible. There are certain pieces I paid full price for and I have no regrets over. As I become more resistant to buying “Almosts” it can be years before I buy something. Many of my Baccarat pieces, I bought years later. Baccarat jewelry is/was (new collections have been kind of awful) incredibly beautiful, sensual, violent, and can be very fragile. And unfortunately I shattered my most beloved ring, and when I tried to replace it, much to my dismay they tweaked the design. Baccarat has amazing customer service, they sent me the only 2 rings in the country at that time, unfortunately they both had the modified design. I had the original piece reset into silver, but I’ve also since re-bought the modified version. For the very deep discount I got it at, it wasn’t such a kick in the stomach. And I’ve grown to like the ring. The design is the same, but not, if that makes any sense–but still a beautiful ring in its own right. It is just not as powerful as my original (when it was in-tact). And it’s a shame I never got to wear the original ring with the necklace I bought to match it.

Prêt à Porter P shared this comment on 19 April 2013 at 5:32 PM

Fantastic purchase! They definitely do not look like something to be regretful of. I look forward to seeing how you wear them in the future, isn’t it frustrating when you have something new to wear and no where appropriate to wear it?! There’s something incredibly satisfying about finally possessing one of your holy grail items. Now I’ve experienced that feeling it drives me to be smarter with my money, and not be afraid to spend more on that one piece I love instead of buying multiple inferior substitutes. For some reason that feels like a bold move.

It’s funny that you should write this post now. I have been yearning for a pair of Guidi back zips for quite some time and finally pulled the trigger on them the other night. It’s the first time I’ve ever paid retail for a designer item. It doesn’t feel as bad as I thought it might have. I’ve been checking on them (and saving) for months, and I assume I will be able to wear them multiple times a week. Now just to wait for them to arrive in the post and hope they match up to my wild leather covered fantasies :P!

Mia shared this comment on 19 April 2013 at 5:58 PM

@ Mia – Oh that’s so exciting! Guidi boots will undoubtedly be my next major purchase. I tried a knee-high pair on in Tokyo and cannot get them out of my head – they were absolute perfection. x

Miss Ghost shared this comment on 19 April 2013 at 6:01 PM

So gorgeous ! Are they comfy (i.e. split toe) ?

Elo shared this comment on 19 April 2013 at 6:54 PM

i am a tabi boots owner and luckily i found mine on ebay for half of the retail price. these shoes are in such a league of their own, i am willing to buy another pair pay full price when i have the funds. immaculately constructed, so comfortable, true works of art, i think the steep price is justified.

dmon shared this comment on 19 April 2013 at 8:12 PM

Such an amazing, classic pair of boots. This is such a good example of conscious consumerism also! You could have bought a knock off pair (not that you would, but the option is there) that would have lasted a couple of months and gone to the rubbish dump. Instead, you held out and bought the genuine, beautiful article!

I have been waiting for TWO YEARS for a pair of the Rick Owens smooth leather side zip boots in my size to turn up in New Zealand, because they are eye wateringly expensive and shipping + customs cost from overseas just makes me cry. Zambesi are FINALLY getting me a pair that are arriving with the Rick Owens drop later this year and I am unbelievably excited.


Matt shared this comment on 19 April 2013 at 9:55 PM

the leather looks so buttery! heart eyes.

something i had been lusting over, literally for years, were high quality leather leggings that i tweeted you about.
i have also bought a myriad of lame, cheap versions that failed to satisfy. but when i unexpectedly came into some money [bonus!] the first thing i thought was REAL LEATHER LEGGINGS. the helmut lang ones i got [just the regular leather, not the patina] are sumptuously soft and the quality just radiates. after wearing them the first day, they stretched out to fit me like they had been tailored for me. the only thing that irks me slightly is the length, but i just cuff them inwards so they hit right at the ankle.

there really is something to be said for buying something of quality that will last a long, long time.

jaci shared this comment on 20 April 2013 at 1:30 AM

Yes to your question, the wait was worth it.
I own a pair of Margiela tabi boots, the rare tall version now sold out everywhere. I treasure them. The leather is so supple. I’ve actually been on the hunt, off and on, for the version you have here. My size is perpetually sold out each time I get ready to buy. I won’t give up, though.
Glad you found something that will be worn and loved for many years, what a great feeling.

ODYSSEY shared this comment on 20 April 2013 at 4:28 AM

Lovely boots, I have grown to love them.
Are they true to size. what would you say is the fit and sizing? cheers

Andy shared this comment on 21 April 2013 at 12:01 AM

I can’t wait to see you wear them. The fit so perfectly with your wardrobe.

the animal orchestra shared this comment on 21 April 2013 at 12:08 PM


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