Facts

  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $90
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The Onitsuka Tiger California 78 EX comes in unisex sizing. Ankle movement is unobstructed as the sneaker has a low-top collar. Laces tie up the front for a secure fit. It has a suede upper along with leather reinforcements, ensuring a durable and dependable feel for different activities.

With an athletic appeal, the low-top Onitsuka Tiger California 78 EX can be paired with straight pants or shorts for a sporty look. Skinny jeans or leggings will heighten the sneaker’s elegant round toe look. Any top will go with the get-up. It’s also versatile enough to be dressed up or down, worn with dresses or jackets at any occasion. Colorful or patterned clothing and outfits in neutral shades will work with these kicks.

Featuring the Tiger Stripe on the sides, the Onitsuka Tiger California 78 EX showcases the brand’s characteristic retro appeal. Even the Onitsuka Tiger label on the tongue adds a vintage flair to the shoe.

It has a suede upper, with leather reinforcements on the toe and heel and stitch detailing all over. The sole features the brand’s classic shark tooth-inspired design, while the heel detail completes the sneaker’s smooth finish.

After the Second World War, former Japanese military officer Kihachiro Onitsuka decided to establish his own shoe company, Onitsuka Co. Ltd. He wanted to produce sports shoes to increase the morale of the post-war youth. After several tries, he was able to produce a pioneering basketball shoe that became popular all over Japan. He would then work with several champion runners to create innovative running shoes.

In 1966, the company introduced a stripe design on a shoe called LIMBER, which later became the iconic Mexico 66 shoe. The stripe symbol is now the Tiger Stripe, a hallmark in the brand’s history, which is featured in many Tiger shoes. In 1977, Onitsuka Tiger merged with GTO and JELENK to become the Asics Corporation. Today, Asics distributes vintage sneakers through the Onitsuka Tiger label.

In continuation of its long heritage of functional and straightforward footwear, Onitsuka Tiger updated its California 78 shoe. As implied by the name, it was first created in 1978 in California, targeted towards the jogging craze that was trendy back then. The shoe was reimagined to produce the Onitsuka Tiger California 78 EX, which is made to have a more “experienced” design.

Maintaining the original model’s classic silhouette, the California 78 EX features a retro look. It also prominently features the Tiger Stripe for an elegant touch. Unlike its predecessor, which was made for performance, this running-inspired Onitsuka Tiger sneaker is geared more for casual activities. It balances a sports-inspired look with features that offer comfort and style.

  • Ortholite is used in the insole to improve cushioning and comfort.
  • Shock absorption and support are provided by the EVA midsole along with the added heel cup. 
  • On the rubber outsole is an aggressive tread design.
  • The collar is padded for a comfortable feel around the ankle.

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