Miley Cyrus is not one to shy away from controversy, and her choice of footwear at last night’s Grammy Awards proved just that.
The Hannah Montana star, 31, stepped out on the red carpet at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles last night in a striking gold custom Maison Margiela look, and would she be Margiela without a pair of Tabi shoes?
Miley donned a pair of gold velvet split-toe heels as she posed for the cameras before winning Best Pop Solo Performance and Record of the Year for her song Flowers.
Although critics say they look like hooves, the style is popular with celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Dua Lipa.
Miley Cyrus attended the Grammys last night in a custom Maison Margiela look, which included a pair of gold Tabi pumps.
Originating in 15th century Japan, Tabi or Jika-tabi is a style of footwear that splits the toe to promote balance and additional stability.
Nowadays they have become a status symbol in the fashion world, which means they cost a small fortune.
At Masion Margiela, they come in a variety of styles, from ballet flats priced at £620 to classic Mary-Janes costing £920.
And that’s if you can get them in the first place. Many styles are currently out of stock on Margiela’s website, forcing fashionistas to turn to secondary sellers who charge even higher prices.
Dua Lipa has styled Tabis for casual outings and has been photographed wearing a pair of heeled Mary Janes with white socks.
Most recently, the shoes received approval from the Kardashian/Jenner dynasty, with Kim, Kris and Kylie each wearing a pair at Maison Margiela’s spring/summer 2024 show at Paris Fashion Week.
The shoes are so desirable that they recently caused a scandal in the fashion community after a woman reported a traumatic encounter on Tinder in which her date allegedly stole her designer shoes and gave them to his girlfriend.
Tabi shoes originate from Japan and feature a split front to promote stability and flexibility. Pictured above are Maison Margiela’s silver sequined Tabi boots, which retail for £990.
Kim Kardashian hopped on the Tabi bandwagon and slipped into a black pair during Paris Fashion Week
And Kylie Jenner followed suit in a pair of sparkly jewel-encrusted Tabi’s at Paris Fashion Week as well.
Pop sensation Dua Lipa styled the coveted shoes in a more casual style and paired them with white socks.
Lexus, known as @nextlevellexuss on TikTok, is a New York City-based creative who sells knitwear through her brand Maddi and Dannii. And the designer recently went viral after exposing her partner from hell.
In a TikTok posted on September 2, Lexus explained how her date stole her coveted Tabi shoes, which had been a birthday gift, and racked up more than 850,000 views in a matter of days.
Lexus welcomed the man to his apartment after a date. The next morning, after he left, the influencer noticed that her pair of Tabis had disappeared.
She went to Tinder to send him a message and saw that he hadn’t matched her, preventing her from contacting him. Lexus reviewed her call log and discovered that she had deleted all traces of her number.
She eventually contacted Joshua, who denied stealing the shoes and offered her hundreds of dollars to appease her.
‘When you offer money, that means you did it. “An innocent person wouldn’t give $1,000,” he said.
She was surprised to find out that Joshua had a girlfriend and had given her the shoes.
Kylie Jenner, 26, recently stepped out in a sparkling pair of Maison Margiela Tabi pumps in Paris.
Social media users took to X to share their opinions on the Tabi shoes and caused controversy.
Elsewhere, social media users took to X to share their opinions on the controversial footwear.
One said: “Tabi shoes are like shoes that simulate horse hooves.”
A second agreed, saying: ‘I can’t tell if the Margiela Tabi shoes are cute or just look like cow hooves, but I guess cow hooves are cute.’ But do I want cow hooves as shoes?
A third added: ‘Tabi shoes look like humans with hooves for feet. Do us a favor, don’t do it.
Another disagreed, saying: “I need to have Margiela Tabi shoes.”
“I love the Tabi shoes,” said another.
Another agreed, saying: ‘I don’t think people understand my genuine love for Tabi shoes. I’ve been in love with them since 2009.’