Martin Margiela might have left his respected handiwork, the eponymous Maison Martin Margiela, for good, validating related rumors that have been traversing for months. But, even without a Creative Director and no intention of getting a replacement, the label's original team of creative staff continues to purvey Martin Margiela's deconstructed, minimalist vision (Fall/Winter 2010 officially marks the new chapter of Maison Martin Margiela sans Margiela).
This season, Maison Martin Margiela once again wins the minimalist-embracing crowd over with retro shapes, simple shades and strong concepts. Two stand out pairs that had just landed at oki-ni are the white leather slip-on sneakers and the green lambskin sneakers.
The white slip-ons come with a medical touch as they are inspired by the simple white slip-ons worn in medical environments such as hospitals. The upper is crafted from an all-over white large grain leather with matching white stitching and textured rubberized grey sole. Definitely stripped to the bare essentials and unadorned, these sneakers are definitely choice footwear for the quirky sneaker purists who enjoy a good back-story but can do without ostentatious coloring.
Meanwhile, for those who enjoy retro shapes, the label has recreated a pair of mint green low-top trainers by taking inspiration from a pair sourced from 1970s Austria. A little reminiscent of the adidas Originals Samba, these are crafted with luxury in mind and made from lambskin and calf-split panels. The kicks are lined with leather for softness and finished with grey laces. Or, one could put a contemporary spin on it and go without laces as well. The rare mint-green colorway has a burnished, vintage touch and set themselves apart from other sneakers quite easily even without excessive designs or loud colors.
Both sneakers are quite perfect for spring with the subtle shades and light colors, so check out the pictures. If you are feeling them, they are now available online at oki-ni.