Maison Margiela debuted its GAT-inspired Replica sneaker in 1998, and over the years it has appeared in too many iterations to count, each unique from each other yet equally luxurious nevertheless. Today, Margiela has dropped a new version, this time around decking the Replica in bright blue patent leather.
The patent leather encompasses every inch of the sneaker down to the midsole, which gives the shoe a look akin to something that’s been dipped in rubber. This is most evidently seen from beneath where the midsole meets the white outsole, which is finished with raw edges for a more artistic touch.
Furthermore, it looks like the patent leather is only a thin layer, lending itself to accepting the natural creases that will occur over time. As such, cracks may appear on the surface — they can even be seen on the tongue in the images above. Rounding out the Replica sneaker is a set of flat black laces and a tonal blue stitch on the heel, denoting Margiela’s signature minimal branding.
Maison Margiela’s Replica sneakers in blue patent leather retail for $740 USD and can be bought from Slam Jam now.
Elsewhere in the footwear world, Balenciaga has covered its Runner sneaker in hi-vis hues.