Two Onitsuka Tiger Shoes and Three Collaborations you Wish You Had
Every brand is known by their best-sellers, products that were created for the sole reason of changing the whole fate of the company. Onitsuka Tiger is known worldwide for the iconic Mexico 66 and the Ultimate 81, two types of Onitsuka Tiger shoes that captured the hearts of many and the feet of many more.
Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66
These retro-cool sneakers were first introduced in 1966 and became the mark of progress with the famous tiger stripes that remained unchanged on every pair of Onitsuka Tiger. This shoe features tonal leather, suede upper with soft lining and traction-loving outsole and was first seen in the Olympic Games in Mexico in 1968.
This classic runner that made an appearance on the feet of the legendary, Bruce Lee in the movie Game of Death is available in vibrant shades of yellow, red, black and turquoise. Till this very day, even after modifying the design, the Mexico 66 remains the most popular shoe in the Onitsuka Tiger collection.
Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81
A fashionable, comfortable and the quintessential symbol of Onitsuka Tiger, the Ultimate 81 makes a strong comeback after being considered the be the absolute in technical running during the 80s. This vegan shoe is sure to please the older and the younger generation with its modern styling. This shoe comes with lightly-padded collar and tongue for the perfect comfort, fit, and feel.
Onitsuka Tiger Collaborations
Onitsuka Tiger is always branching out and collaborating with a variety of creative individuals from visual artists, fashion designers, art collectives to sneaker boutiques. This collaboration refreshes, reinterprets and reinvents classic collection and offers excitement for their every growing fan base.
Onitsuka Tiger X J. Crew
Onitsuka Tiger is globally known for their wavy stripe motifs and making the world’s best retro running sneakers on the planet. When they collaborated with J. Crew, the go-to store for everything a Brit men needs, the fashion industry literally stood still.
This collaboration brought forth two great styles, the Fabre Low and Colorado 85. The Colorado is designed in multicolor creation exclusive to J.Crew, a sporty yet not to geeky footwear. The Fabre Low is more for the minimalist out there. It basic tennis style that is available in 3 different shades is perfect for those who love the simple lifestyle.
Onitsuka Tiger X Koi Klub
Since Koi fishes are the perfect representation of the Japanese culture, it only makes sense that Onitsuka Tiger collaborates with Koi Klub, (just because of its name) a German label that is known for their contemporary fashion and street wear to unveil the amazing collection of sneakers and accessories.
Each of their designs in this line features a laser-etched Japanese character “濃い” on the left and the “恋” on the right which carries the meaning of “intense” and “love” respectively. And since both of these words are pronounced as “koi”, Koi Klub uses this as their inspiration for all its designs.
One of their designs that stood out the most was the Mexico 66 Dress LE. It’s an updated take on the classic Mexico 66. This footwear oozes premium qualities with unique solo tooling, elaborate eyelet detailing, rounded laces and an upper made of suede with contrasting accents. And to complete it off, the Mexico 66 Dress LE is debossed with the Koi Klub logos on the insoles.
Onitsuka Tiger X Andea Pompilio
Forget about sweating it out to look fabulous for Onitsuka Tiger X Andrea Pompilio is the perfect partnership between the sportswear spirit of the Japanese brand that the urbane and international style of the Italian designer. Having graced the runway with Prada, Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent, it’s the perfect time for Andrea Pompilio to add a twist to his design by incorporating this Japanese sports brand into his creations.
He showcased his great ability to mix technical and functional elements in a swerve of street-ready designs as he delivers his calm yet chic style to the limelight. On the runway, Pompilio sent out coats and jackets in a raw-edged, felt-like material while T-shirts and cowl-minidresses were designed in a high-tech jersey. He only used red, white and black but in different materials and textures to represent the marriage of the athletic and street look.
There are many ways you can rock out your sneakers from the Onitsuka Tiger collection and still look good. No one said that you can only walk in it to the gym. Check out the best footwear and accessories that you can get from Onitsuka Tiger!