The Onitsuka Tiger California 78 VIN shoes are unisex. The shoes follow the old retro styling of runners with their flat, low to the ground build.
These kicks are made for speed. The materials, while not providing enough arch or sidewall support, are extremely light.
Seven pairs of eyelets and flat laces comprise the closure system.
Keep it hip and simple by pairing your Onitsuka Tiger California 78 VIN shoes with cargo shorts and a white collared shirt. Women, meanwhile, can go the Japanese-style route and match their retro lifestyle kicks with skinny jeans, a long-sleeved fitted striped shirt, and a hooded knit vest.
The California 78 VINs keep the nostalgia of those bygone days very much alive. The retro kicks maintain the old-school looks with the suede eyestays, toecaps, and heel tabs. But also as noteworthy is how the wider and curved heels of the soles give wearers balanced landings and aid in their forward motion as they jog.
Originally named just the California, these low-top lifestyle sneakers were introduced in 1978 during the “jogging boom” that started in the state, and which later on gripped the entire USA and the world. The silhouette featured soles that were wider and longer than the uppers to cover more ground surface while running as well as to provide a more balanced landing.
Inspired as well by the growing popularity of night-time jogging in Japan, the sneakers contained revolutionary reflective panels on the back heels to keep the runners visible from up to 300 meters away. They were also considered the first mesh-type shoes and were popular for letting the feet breathe while you run.
The silhouette, considered one of the hallmarks of the Onitsuka Tiger family, was reissued in 2013 as a tribute to the model’s 35th anniversary.
- The Onitsuka Tiger California 78 VIN (Vintage) kicks feature soft nylon uppers, suede overlays, and two-toned EVA midsoles.
- The California 78s have underwent several iterations including a 2015 collaboration between Tokyo-based Mita Sneakers and the Onitsuka Tiger brand called “Tequila Sunrise.”