Onitsuka Tiger Corsair Style
The Onitsuka Tiger Corsair is a sporty silhouette that is best matched with joggers, jeans, leggings, shorts, and slim pants.
Onitsuka Tiger Corsair History
The Corsair was originally named the Cortez. It was considered as an influential shoe from which all modern running footwear came from. The Corsair was initially released in 1969 in time for the Mexico Games, and during that period, the Blue Ribbon Sports Company held the distribution rights of Onitsuka Tiger shoes in the US.
Blue Ribbon Sports was headed by Phil Knight and his former coach, Bill Bowerman. As a technical advisor to Blue Ribbon Sports, Bill created a new silhouette from two Onitsuka Tiger models, with the blessing of Onitsuka Tiger. The new silhouette was initially called the Aztec, but since Adidas released a model named the Azteca Gold, the company decided to change it to the Cortez who, according to Bowerman, was the “Spaniard who beat the shit out of the Aztecs.”
One day, while an Onitsuka official paid a visit to Blue Ribbon’s warehouse, he discovered several pairs of the Cortez in the storeroom without the customary Tiger stripes and which had been replaced with the Swoosh. Unknown to Onitsuka Tiger, while Blue Ribbon was distributing their shoes, they were also selling their own Cortez version under the label, Nike. This started the rift between the two companies.
A court later decreed that both companies can sell the silhouette. Onitsuka Tiger renamed the model the Corsair while Nike kept the name.