Last Updated on October 24, 2023
A pair of Maison Margiela’s Tabi shoes will set you back nearly £1,000, but if you’re in the market for a pair of lookalikes I’ve found five beautiful pairs of similar styles for a fraction of the price.
Have you noticed Tabi’s absolutely everywhere lately? SAME. The cult shoes were named the hottest product of Q3 in The Lyst Index recently and they make a regular appearance on RHOC, a hilarious meme account dedicated to the people of East London.
But while there’s no denying their popularity, they aren’t exactly affordable. A pair of split-toe Tabi boots from Margiela are £990, the patent collapsable-heel loafers are £890 and a pair of split-toe ballet flats from the designer will set you back £650. At a time when people are struggling with the rising cost of living, every penny counts.
You can still get the look, even if you don’t have hundreds to play with. As with many of the world’s most popular designer pieces, there are plenty of affordable shoes that have been inspired by Tabi’s. If you can’t be bothered to do the digging, you’re in luck as I can.
I’ve found five great pairs of lookalikes, and if you prefer shopping pre-loved, there are a few great pairs of secondhand Tabis here too. Next, check out these great Prada loafers dupes and Bottega Veneta drop earrings dupes for more designer fashion on a budget.
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Shop Maison Margiela Tabi Shoes and Boots Dupes
Cylinder-Heel Leather Sock Boots, £200, COS
Cylinder-Heel Leather Sock Boots, £200, COS – buy now
It’s no surprise that COS has a pair of lookalikes to Margiela’s Tabi’s. While these don’t have the iconic toe split, these offer a similar shape to the designer boots.
Split Toe Mule Slippers, now £49.26, Etsy
Split Toe Mule Slippers, now £49.26, Etsy – buy now
Etsy is a treasure trove of affordable dupes, like these split toe ballet flats. Available in a range of colours, these slip-ons are on sale for £49.26 right now. If you love the look of Margiela’s split toe shoes, these are for you.
Mary Jane Split Toe Shoes, now £65.35, Etsy
Mary Jane Split Toe Shoes, now £65.35, Etsy – buy now
If you prefer a little bit of a heel, opt for this pair of Mary Janes with a split toe. You’re able to choose the heel height between either 3cm or 6cm too so you can order the perfect pair for your style.
Unisex Leather Split-Toe Black Boots, now £139.20, Etsy
Unisex Leather Split-Toe Black Boots, now £139.20, Etsy – buy now
This pair of split-toe boots are unisex, available in European sizes 35-48 and with a heel of 3cm. Like the real deal, these have a round toe with split detail and are made from real calfskin.
Cowhide Split Toe Loafers, £105.33, Etsy
Cowhide Split Toe Loafers, £105.33, Etsy – buy now
Personally I love the look of the split-toe flats and Etsy has done it again with another similar pair. Handmade right here in the UK from cowhide, they’re way more affordable than the real deal.
Shop Secondhand Maison Margiela Tabi Shoes
If dupes aren’t your thing, shop pre-loved instead. This is obviously the best option for the environment, as well as your pocket.
Tabi Leather Ankle Boots in EU 39, £488.25, Maison Martin Margiela at Vestiaire Collective
Tabi Leather Ankle Boots in EU 39, £488.25, Maison Martin Margiela at Vestiaire Collective – buy now
There are countless pairs of Tabi shoes and boots on Vestiaire Collective, like these cream ankle boots in a UK size 6. They’re in ‘very good condition’ and physically authentication is included too.
Tabi Leather Flats in EU 41, £472.50, Maison Martin Margiela at Vestiaire Collective
Tabi Leather Flats in EU 41, £472.50, Maison Martin Margiela at Vestiaire Collective – buy now
These brand new Tabi flats are a great buy. They’re a UK size 8 and come in a beautiful cocoa brown, but the best thing about them is the fact they’ve never been worn.
Tabi Patent Leather Ankle Boots in EU 39.5, £437.85, Maison Martin Margiela at Vestiaire Collective
Tabi Patent Leather Ankle Boots in EU 39.5, £437.85, Maison Martin Margiela at Vestiaire Collective – buy now
This shiny pair of Tabi’s are another great Vestiaire purchase. They’ve hardly been worn are selling for under £500. Don’t forget, you can make offers too!