Maison Margiela’s Gym-Like Shoes for Spring 2017

The Collection: John Galliano debuted a strong collection that riffed on sport motifs for spring ’17 at Paris Fashion Week. But in the Maison Margiela way, of course. It was a surprising look for the quirky French label, which usually reads more art class than gym class. A scuba-style wetsuit top was was worn undone and bunched at the waist.

Techy anouraks were tucked into terry-cloth skirts that mimicked the look of a beach towel. A sheer, ruffled top in aqua blue conveyed the idea of water and movement (as did the sequined bathing cap worn with it). Even a simple yellow rain coat — a camping or hiking essential — was flipped upside down and reworked as a dress. Call it glamping gear.

Margiela Spring 2017
Maison Margiela spring ’17 collection.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.
Margiela Spring 2017
Maison Margiela spring ’17 collection.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.

The Shoes: Athletic footwear shapes added to the vibe this season. Neoprene ankle boots had sport soles and varying upper treatments. Some were printed a striped floral print, others in a baroque-inspired print. They all had the label’s signature split-toe shaft detail.

Meanwhile, sporty flat sandals had Velcro straps, flatform soles and metallic colorways. A few styles felt out of place: the curved heel ankle boots, shown last fall, felt too refined. Clogs with Lucite soles: too bulky.

Margiela Spring 2017
Maison Margiela spring ’17 collection.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.
Margiela Spring 2017
Maison Margiela spring ’17 collection.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.

The Verdict: While Galliano has embraced Margiela’s offbeat aesthetic, he’s had troubles finding a clear thematic vision from season to season. Such was not the case here. He reworked an everlasting trend — athleisure is not going anywhere — and made it feel very fresh. And a little bit weird, too.

Margiela Spring 2017
Maison Margiela spring ’17 collection.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.
Margiela Spring 2017
Maison Margiela spring ’17 collection.
CREDIT: REX Shutterstock.

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