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Collaboration: Bait & Bruce Lee
Collection: Onitsuka Tiger Colorado Eighty-Five

Verdict from 8 hours of research from the internet

8 reasons to buy

  • The exemplary design of the BAIT x Bruce Lee x Onitsuka Tiger Colorado Eighty-Five has received nothing but praises from most reviewers who used words such as “badass” and “spectacular” to describe the sneaker.
  • The low-top sneaker is comfortable to wear even for extended periods of time, many testers have reported. 
  • According to lots of purchasers, the fit of the shoe is perfect.
  • Several people are amazed at the quality of the BAIT x Bruce Lee x Onitsuka Tiger Colorado Eighty-Five whose details, from the stitching down to the speckled base, were simply awesome.
  • Some buyers are pleased with the beautiful color of the low-top collab, which they say is a little less loud in person but looks even better.
  • A few owners of the Onitsuka Tiger footwear have mentioned getting quite a lot of compliments on their choice of kick.
  • A couple of individuals have recounted how easy it is to clean this lifestyle shoe from the Colorado Eighty-Five series
  • The BAIT x Bruce Lee x Onitsuka Tiger Colorado Eighty-Five contains decent arch support, two customers have stated.

2 reasons not to buy

  • This low-top sneaker from Onitsuka Tiger is hard to find anywhere.
  • Two people complained that the BAIT x Bruce Lee x Onitsuka Tiger scuffs easily.

Bottom line

Adding a legendary twist to already iconic footwear, BAIT x Bruce Lee x Onitsuka Tiger is nothing short of spectacular. The sneaker is steeped in heritage yet perfectly suited for present wear with its modern comfort and contemporary accents. Bedecked in yellow and black, it unmistakably references the trademark shades in Bruce Lee’s infamous Game of Death movie.

It’s well-finished and gets top ratings for solid construction, materials used, and durability. It also features enough arch support. The only downside to this shoe is that it’s sold in limited quantities.

The BAIT x Bruce Lee x Onitsuka Tiger Colorado Eighty-Five shoe features decent arch support and the sturdy nubuck leather upper provides enough lateral and medial support. Yellow-tipped black laces in a traditional lacing system allow the user to customize the fit according to his foot width.

Perforation accents on the shoes’ sides allow plenty of ventilation to keep the feet cool.

Channel the spirit of martial arts master Bruce Lee in this breathtaking iteration of the Colorado Eighty-Five and, who knows, you just might become an expert in kung-fu too. Wear it with black joggers or jeans—black perfectly sets off the color of the sneaker—and maybe a long white shirt on top.

The BAIT x Bruce Lee x Onitsuka Tiger Colorado Eighty-Five perfectly captures the essence of the legendary kung-fu master's trademark tracksuit, which became a cult icon in its own right. The sneaker is amazingly detailed and the design is well-thought-out, from the reflective black piece on the heel to the yellow-speckled black midsole and waxed rope laces. 

Adding more interest are the debossed graphics on the heel featuring the Bruce Lee kickman and character as well as the commemorative logo on the insole.

The Onitsuka Tiger Colorado Eighty-Five first appeared on the scene in 1985 as a trail runner, back when jogging and fitness were the biggest crazes around the world. The sneaker was primarily designed to provide flexibility and comfort to the wearer while traversing unbeaten paths. It had a strong and supportive upper made of a combo of nylon and suede sitting on a durable and grippy rubber outsole.

The Onitsuka Tiger model has been the subject of many collaborations, many of them quite notable and popular such as the Colorado 85 6,200FT by Ackomplice Clothing which came out in 2013, and of course, the BAIT x Bruce Lee x Onitsuka Tiger Colorado Eighty-Five.

In 2015, on what would have been martial arts master Bruce Lee’s 75th birthday, concept retailer BAIT and Onitsuka Tiger came out with the “Legend.” It was released on November 27 in all seven BAIT store locations along with another collab tribute, the Tiger Corsair “Jeet Kune Do.”

  • The BAIT x Bruce Lee x Onitsuka Tiger Colorado Eighty-Five was introduced with a retail price of $160. First available only in BAIT stores on the November 27 of 2015, the sneaker was later on offered in other retail outlets in December of that same year.
  • The low-top sneaker comes with two pairs of laces, one in yellow and another in black.

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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