Maison Martin Margiela consistently produces uber-cool and inherently modern takes on classic wardrobe attire.
Crafted from the most coveted of exotic skins, Margiela’s SS13 python-skin shoes are a prime example of this inspired creative’s sartorial alchemy.
Constructed in the form of a classic Oxford shoe, the innovative use of a luxurious material in place of leather gives this traditional style a unique urban edge.
Born in Genk, Belgium, in 1957, Margiela studied at the acclaimed Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1980. After several years freelancing, Margiela took a post at the esteemed Parisian house of Jean Paul Gaultier, before launching his own eponymous label in 1989.
Characterised by an ultra-modern approach to design, Margiela is famed for his fusion of traditional and contemporary elements, with his creations echoing the refined elegance of forward-thinking Japanese design.
It is apt that a designer who is praised aesthetically for his erudite simplicity is himself of an unpretentious nature – Margiela is renowned for his reclusive disposition, keeping a low profile on the fashion scene and shunning all forms of publicity.
Following the announcement this month that Margiela has stepped down as creative director of his own brand, it appears this season will be the last collection with the brand’s visionary founder at the helm.
From a label more commonly associated with street-inspired hi-tops, these python-skin Oxfords are a fresh-and-formal addition to the usual footwear line. Hand made in Italy by skilled artisans, these luxurious shoes are the ultimate footwear indulgence that will see you stride with statement into the new season.
Available now at oki-ni priced at £890.00.