Verdict from 22 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Onitsuka Tiger Corsair EX is considered comfortable by numerous buyers.
  • It is durable, according to several wearers.
  • Most uses have vouched that this model is constructed with premium materials.
  • Many buyers share that they adore the stylish appeal of this sneaker from Onitsuka Tiger Corsair collection.
  • Onitsuka Tiger offers this model in fashionable colorways. 
  • Several buyers have noted that they find this kick as lightweight.
  • Its traction is durable and reliable; a handful of satisfied buyers have noted.

2 reasons not to buy

  • A complainant shares that the EX version of the Onitsuka Tiger needs a bit of long break-in time.
  • It is tight as compared to his other sneakers, a critic shares.

Bottom line

Updating one of its most iconic models, Onitsuka Tiger launched the Corsair EX. This reworked model adhered to the classic look, thus keeping the timeless and fashionable appeal. To make it stand out, the brand updated the sole unit, by injecting it with innovative shock-absorbing cushioning.

This shoe is strongly recommended for buyers looking for timeless sneakers bursting with modern comfort, durability, and quality.

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Good to know

The low-top Onitsuka Tiger Corsair EX is a unisex pair available in men's range. It has the traditional lacing system with flat cotton laces that can be easily adjusted to fit the wearers. To enhance the cushioning, the brand inserted the FUZEGEL technology on its midsole added with an Ortholite sockliner to enhance the comfort and shock absorption.

The Corsair EX from the Onitsuka Tiger displays the classic look of its predecessor that has been tweaked with the better and more fashionable midsole. The upper is made of smooth leather, mesh, or suede with Tiger Stripe branding for added style and durability.

This model is available in several hues. The most popular colorways are the Tiger yellow/black, peacoat/habanero, peacoat/white, classic red/white, and white/classic red. On feet, the Onitsuka Tiger Corsair EX for men and women looks stylish when paired with jogger pants and a bomber jacket.

A pair of light-colored shorts and a plain white t-shirt gives a clean boy-next-door look. Also, some men style this low-top kick with a trenchcoat and black chinos. This dress-down ensemble suits modern style-conscious men who want to look effortlessly fashionable. 

For the ladies, this sneaker looks fashionable with a cardigan and a pair of dark-colored skinnies. For a laidback-chic combo, ladies pair this sneaker with their floral shirtdress and a beige cardigan. Some women who are off duty pair this sneaker up with black leggings and a loose white t-shirt. 

The Onitsuka Tiger Corsair EX shoes flaunt a notable timeless design that many reviewers have loved. It carries the iconic Corsair upper with the thicker and better midsole to enhance the comfort and shock-absorbing capacity.

Corsair, originally dubbed as Cortez, is considered one of the most enduring designs of Onitsuka Tiger of Japan. This iconic model started the new criterion when it comes to designing running silhouettes. The Corsair was introduced in the United States in 1969 under the Blue Ribbon Sports label, which later on renamed into Nike, headed by Phil Knight and Bill Bowerman. 

When Bowerman attempted to recreate the Cortez by replacing the signature Tiger Stripes of Onitsuka with Nike Swoosh, it came as a surprise to the Japanese brand. This move caused massive tension between the two labels, which resulted in putting an end to Blue Ribbon's Onitsuka Tiger sneakers distribution rights in the US. The friction reached the US courts that later on released the rule that both brands can still sell the Cortez silhouette. While Nike opted to rename the profile as Cortez, Onitsuka Tiger decided to tag is as Corsair. 

Because of its popularity, Onitsuka Tiger been unstoppable in evolving its famous silhouette. One of them is the Corsair EX, the 2020 version of the Corsair. This iteration kept the details of its predecessor added with improved cushioning found on the midsole. It features the FUZEGEL technology injected on the midsole and outsole. This tech absorbs shock and improves durability.

  • The rubber outsole of Onitsuka Tiger Corsair EX provides traction.
  • FUSEGEL technology is the newest tech from the brand, which is made from combining GEL technology and foam. This innovation provides a lightweight, adaptable comfort to provide an effective shock absorption mechanism.


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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.