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Onitsuka Tiger Ultimate 81 Classic Sneaker

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Price: $24.19 - $79.99 & FREE Returns on some sizes and colors. Details
Size Chart  |  Fit: As expected (86%)
86% of customers say this fits as expected.
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Charcoal/Black/Black
  • Charcoal/Black/Black
  • Synthetic
  • Imported
  • Synthetic sole
  • Classic sneaker featuring contrasting sock liner and lightly padded collar and tongue
  • Signature faux-leather overlay at quarterpanel
  • Two-tone EVA midsole with flex channels at heel

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Long considered to be the absolute in technical running during the '80s, the Ultimate 81 from Onitsuka Tiger by ASICS makes a strong comeback with modern styling that's sure to please old and young alike.

  • ASIN: B00PZKJSZS
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 4 x 7 inches; 10.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: Italy
  • Item model number: Ultimate 81®-U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,275 in Shoes (See Top 100 in Shoes)
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By but.actually.though on March 14, 2013
    Size: 12 B(M) US Women / 10.5 D(M) US MenColor: Castle Rock/Yellow
    Good old Onitsukas. Versatile shoe for urban and rural environments. Especially suited for ninjas. Arch support is amazing. Material breathes well. Cushioned soles still leave feeling and tactile connectivity to terrain. Tread design great for all purposes.
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    14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Matt louie on January 22, 2014
    Size: 13 D(M) USColor: Dark Navy/White Verified Purchase
    Great shoe. Fits snug but not constricting. Material is light but strong. Kinda like a great condom - tough enough for the filthiest brothel but stylish enough for a queen.
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    10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Fischer on August 26, 2014
    Size: 11 M USColor: Black/Lime Verified Purchase
    The line of footwear offered by Onitsuka Tiger is arguably one of the best-looking line of fashion footwear on the market today. At first glance, this shoe has a slim, low profile design and is remarkably lightweight.

    Wearing these shoes, there is a noticeable arch support rather than the typical flat insole cushioning found in other brands (and possibly even other Tiger styles; I have not owned any other pairs). This is good for people with a higher arch, as I have. However, the shape of the sole is typical of athletic style shoes, and narrows significantly between the toes and heel. For someone who over pronates (again, such as myself), this is not an optimal design, as the foot will be constantly rolling inward, causing fatigue and pain.

    Grip is good on the soles of these shoes. The sole is flat, with a simple waffle/circle pattern across the entire bottom. In wet conditions, grip plummets, so I wouldn't recommend parkour in the rain while wearing these. Fit is fairly true, but perhaps on the snug side. I normally wear a size 11, sometimes a 10.5. This pair, a size 11, leaves no room for question, but fits comfortably. At first the cushioning at the heel feels too firm, but when walking it's apparent that it is properly designed, offering enough shock absorption to avoid jolting pain, yet enough support to be substantial and not feel like there's gelatin underfoot.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phil Bagby on October 15, 2013
    Size: 11.5 D(M) USColor: Light Grey/Captain Blue Verified Purchase
    Love them along with all of my Tigers! These are wonderful shoes. Fit great, wear great, and are very comfortable.
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    11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By miles c. on January 14, 2013
    Size: 12 B(M) US Women / 10.5 D(M) US MenColor: Tango Red/Cloud Verified Purchase
    DURABLE, AWESOME, FANTASTIC. they're EXTREMELY DURABLE. I work in a warehouse, do parkour, tricking and run around alot. The first shoes to withstand my abuse. Very good shoes. I love them so. Everyone needs to buy a pair. Only thing to mention. They do have an arch, so if your flat footed like me, itll take some time to get used to them or wear them down to flat. 5/5!
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melinda Napier on March 5, 2013
    Size: 9 B(M) US Women / 7.5 D(M) US MenColor: Navy/Navy Verified Purchase
    These sneakers are so comfortable. I didn't break them in before wearing them on vacation and had no problems. I bought the blue/orange because they would go with all my vacation clothes. I highly recommend these sneakers.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barky on January 29, 2015
    Size: 13 US/14.5 Women's M USColor: Navy/Light Grey Verified Purchase
    Love Onitsukas, they are my go to sneaker. They are light and good to look at plus I can wear them while standing up for most of the day and not have any problems. Good shoes.
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By johnnyjohnny on April 28, 2015
    OMG!

    i had loved these Onitsuka tigers going back 7 or so years when i saw them in the mall.

    in all that time i wasted hundreds of dollars on nikes, adidas, and other major name sport shoes for casual wear with my jeans, etc...and put buying these Onitsuka's on the back burner.

    i will likely not be wearing any other of my sport shoes (except what i wear for actual running) now that i have these Tigers. they are aMazing!!! the look is of course late 70s/80s retro (hence the name? 'ultimate 81'?) they beat out even the nikes and adidas back in the day! it's like going back in time.

    i realize these are NOT made for athletic or training use, and i use other more current shoes for that, but as a super cool 'hot tub time machine' to the past, these simply cannot be surpassed. i love, love, love them.

    as for other aspects, yes, they fit totally true to your nike sizing (even tho nikes themselves often vary among the brand)...i like that if you go on the Onitsuka website they breakdown sizes into actual inner inch count...i found their men's 12 is 11.8 inches, so i knew that worked for me.

    they are very comfortable, and while designed for a superb and accurate retro look, they do appear you could walk out into Olympic stadium and compete in the mile...especially if the year was 1982.

    while i got the very conservative black with grey logo stripes for use with my jeans (and i live in L.A....that's the look here), the color combos are so multivarious as to be mind boggling.

    i cannot imagine a better casual athletic shoe. i am so happy to have these, they are really the very very best!
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