See an Unreleased 'Prototype' of Those Cool Dior Transparent Boots

Here’s an alternate take on those sculptural Dior designer rubber boots.

Look what popped up on our feed today. Daniel Arsham, the contemporary artist who collaborated with Dior Men for its summer 2020 collection, posted a “prototype liner” for one of the set’s highlights, those yummy transparent rubber boots.

For Dior, Arsham translated his expertise in creating calcified totems of antiquity and popular culture (have you seen his eroded rendition of Pikachu?) into, for example, a decaying version of the Saddle bag, its Oblique monogram interrupted by craggy craters.

It appears there’s (at least) one creation we didn’t get to see. The rubber boots in Dior’s Thailand roadshow appears naked and sometimes also styled with a patterned sock, but Arsham presents an alternate proposition on Instagram, one that includes a liner in a blue Oblique monogram.  

Photo by Clifford Olanday.

The pattern spreads outward, falling in opposite direction, from the center of the foot. It also fades slowly into white upon reaching the ankle. In all, the liner would have created a soft contrast, a slight pop of color peeking through the transparent rubber. 


That makes us wonder what other prototypes Ashram and Dior had made but decided not to produce for the collection. If the artist has more mock-ups buried in his closet, maybe he can share them with the world. Better yet, maybe the French fashion house can go ahead and produce them.

And if you’re dying to get your hands on this unreleased idea, the closest experience would the B23 High-Top, which features transparent panels and a navy Oblique canvas.


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