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Two of René Magritte’s most celebrated works, L’Empire des Lumières and Le Faux Miroir, are reproduced on the Birkenstock Boston, a slip-on with a rounded, covered toe and a singular buckle at the vamp.
The former painting depicts a street shrouded in darkness against a blue, sunlight sky. Similarly, the latter frames a bright, cloudy sky in the pupil of a human eye.
Though Magritte and Birkenstock might seem like an odd pairing, they’re not entirely surreal bedfellows.
Magritte’s mind-bending work has inspired a bevy of other fashion brands, too.
Olympia Le-Tan released a collection of clutches bearing the painter’s work, and
And of course, Comme des Garçons’ famous “Bare Feet” shoes reference the artist’s 1935 painting
Interestingly, Magritte’s father was a tailor and his mother a milliner, influences that perhaps shaped Magritte’s aesthetic and its propensity for sartorial interpretation.