Would You Wear Split-Toe Shoes?

Horses have hooves for a reason. We do not. But if Martin Margiela has anything to do with it, that may change. Ok, not literally - he's not planning
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Horses have hooves for a reason. We do not. But if Martin Margiela has anything to do with it, that may change. Ok, not literally - he's not planning
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Horses have hooves for a reason. We do not. But if Martin Margiela has anything to do with it, that may change. Ok, not literally - he's not planning on changing our anatomy, but his Tabi shoes and boots, at left, have a split between the big toe and the rest of the foot, making the wearer look a bit too equine to be seen outside of the Kentucky Derby. The shoe, which has been spotted in multiple styles on SJP lately, is supposed to be modeled after the traditional Japanese tabi shoes, but we can't help but think of the toe-socks that were all the rage in middle school. If you're interested in trying the ancient look, you'll have a lot to choose from: Margiela made the style in flats, pumps, and boots, starting at $775. But honestly, we don't quite get it. Is it purely for looks? For fun? Is there an orthopedic function at work? Or is Margiela just horsing around (hah!) and getting the best of Hollywood's wallet? --CARSON GRIFFITH