If, like me, your winter footwear has taken a battering given the recent weather conditions you may well be looking ahead to your next shoe purchase. Those winter boots that started off as a treat for chilled feet may be looking a bit soggy – time for the new. Clearly it’s too soon to be considering proper summer footwear (take note damp plimsoll wearers) so some warmth and practicality is still needed. The new batch of Margiela trainers at OkNi are the stuff of dreams. I particularly like the hi-tops with their all-white, 60s Cardin-esque space-ageness (a bit 80s Travel Fox too).
Being Margiela, the craftsmanship and attention to detail are amazing. In the same model as the more neutral trainers sold at Poste in the last release, these gorgeous blue numbers are based on a mid-last century Austrian army running shoe. Aside from the gorgeous colour, the soft suede/leather combo looks super-comfy. The catch? £295 for the hi-tops and £195 for the trainers. Ah well. I did say they were the stuff of dreams. You could take the details – ie. luxe but super neutral and scour deadstock sellers on ebay for trainer rarities or look out for the least branded, monochrome options on the high street. After all, Mr Margiela must have found the originals somewhere.
By Colin Chapman | February 6th, 2009