Pair of woman's "tabi" boots

About 1990
Designed by Maison Martin Margiela (Belgian, founded 1989)


Overall (H x W x L): 24.1 x 8.9 x 23.5 cm (9 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted leather, cotton lining, metal and cord fasteners

Not On View


Contemporary Art, Europe, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Woman’s split-toe ankle boot based on Japanese “tabi” sock, uppers and stacked round heel of black leather brushed with silver paint, black cotton lining, cord and metal tab closures at side back. Leather sole, with rubber protective sole (not original) added under heel and ball of foot. Marked on sole: “Vero Cuoio, Made in Italy, 40.”


Purchased by original owner in Paris, about 1990; Purchased through internet auction by Susan Ward, 2006; Purchased by the MFA, March 21, 2007

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Fashion Council, Museum of Fine Arts Boston