Who should buy Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado

The Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado is a unisex silhouette, a fusion of  80s running-inspired silhouettes with current street trends. They are a great choice if you are looking for:

  • street-ready look shoes that match well with shorts, jeans, joggers, and leggings
  • casual sporty sneaker with fresh design, comfortable for all-day wearing

Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado logo

Comfortable Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado

As for wear, the shoes are lightly padded but are comfortable enough to walk in all day because they are built so light. 

Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado front

Breathable and protective

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.

Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado heel

History of Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado

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.

Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado collar

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.

Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado laces

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.

Onitsuka Tiger Alvarado grip

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Closure: Laces
Material: Suede, Leather, Rubber Sole, Mesh / Fabric
Season: Summer, Spring
Features: Breathable

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.