Maison Margiela’s best-known replica footwear designs draw on the rich history of the German Army Trainer. Once famed in the 1970’s, such legacy comes from the need for military training shoes on a mass scale. Since such demand populated the whole of the West German army, the traditional white leather uppers and favourable gum sole unit became known as the ‘Replica’, before parading itself down numerous runways taking on a new lease of life.