Verdict from 96 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Many users commented that the Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado are comfortable shoes that they could walk in all day.
  • The low-top casual sneakers have a great retro style according to plenty of reviewers. 
  • A good number of testers were pleased to find that the casual low-tops had a perfect fit width-wise.  
  • The color schemes of the Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado sneakers are bright and eye-catching, several purchasers reported.
  • The lifestyle shoes feel light when walking, some people indicated. 
  • A few individuals remarked that these low-top sneakers’ have an excellent price when compared to their quality.
  • One person stated that the Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado shoes have good traction. 
  • A customer recounted how his son used the sneakers for Parkour and that the shoes gave just the right amount of flexibility. 

3 reasons not to buy

  • Many people reported that the Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado ran small. 
  • A few users complained that the shoes contained very little cushioning.
  • A couple of consumers were not pleased to find that the insoles were not removable.

Bottom line

The Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado is an excellent silhouette that provides lots of comfort and retro style. The shoes are lightweight, flexible, have a good fit, and are priced less than their value.

They also have pleasing color combinations and provide excellent traction. The shoes’ only drawbacks are that they run small and that they don’t contain much cushioning.

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Good to know

The Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado is a unisex silhouette that is available in men’s sizes which range from 6 to 13. Equivalent sizes for women range from 7.5 to 13.5. To get their correct men’s sizing, women should go down a size and a half. For example, women with 8.5 sizing should choose size 7 in men’s.

The shoes have a lace closure that can be adjusted to give the wearer a secure and snug fit.

The Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado has a street-ready look that is definitely casual sporty. The shoes match well with shorts, jeans, joggers, and leggings.

The Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado has a fresh design that would guarantee a second look from bystanders. As for wear, the shoes are lightly padded but are comfortable enough to walk in all day because they are built so light. Though it lacks technology that others have, the shoes feel just as good as or even better than many on the market.

Onitsuka Tiger traces its beginnings back to 1949 when Onitsuka Kihachiro started the company by producing basketball shoes. In 1952, Onitsuka came out with a more effective silhouette by adding spaces and cups to the soles of his design. This newer design, called the OK shoe for his initials, became popular throughout Japan and by 1955, the company was supplying 500 sports shops throughout the country.

In the late 50s, an American named Philip Knight traveled to Japan where he encountered the Onitsuka Tiger footwear being sold. He liked the quality and designs of the shoes so much that he convinced the Japanese company that they had a market in the U.S. Knight then imported the shoes under the Blue Ribbon Sports Company (later renamed as Nike) which he founded along with Bill Bowerman.

The company merged with GTO and Jelenk Co in 1977 to form the Asics group, although a vintage range of shoes is still manufactured and produced under the Onitsuka Tiger label.

  • The Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado is a fusion of 80s running-inspired silhouettes with current street trends to come up with a new design.
  • The low-tops weigh approximately 397 grams per shoe.
  • The sneakers are made up of suede and mesh fabric uppers, breathable textile linings, TPU heel protectors, waffle outsoles, and lightly padded collars and tongues.


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