Size and fit

The Onitsuka Tiger Dualio is made with a lace-up front that offers a customized locked-down fit. This sneaker runs small. Thus, the brand requires users to get an entire size up. It comes in men’s figures stretching from 5 to 13 US with medium width dimension.

Onitsuka Tiger Dualio Style

Onitsuka Tiger breathes new life into its former short-distance runner the 1976 Montreal and introduces the refashioned version, the low-top Dualio. The upper of this sneaker comes in oodles of material combinations such as textile or leather with suede and a variety made of completely leather makeup.

Its low-profile built enhances foot mobility which makes it suitable for an array of daily activities. Its façade is stylish enough to conveniently mix match with jeans, capris, cargos, sweatpants, leggings, and shorts.

Notable Features

Onitsuka Tiger Dualio transitions from a performance runner to an everyday casual footwear. It displays Japanese craftiness though the choice of materials that make up the upper and sole. It particularly gets praises for its lightness and flexibility, which are the two positive effects of having a textile upper with hints of suede or soft leather. Stability is another asset of this sneaker as it is structured with a grippy bottom created by well-patterned grooves. It comes in an array of colorways which puts a stylish flair to your everyday wardrobe choice.

Onitsuka Tiger Dualio History

From modest beginnings, Kihachiro Onitsuka founded Onitsuka Tiger in his living room in Kobe Japan during the post-war in 1949. Onitsuka realized that shoes for children were scarce at that time, so he thought of venturing into the production of footwear.

Over time, the Onitsuka Tiger became an authority in performance footwear. It developed enormously pushing it to rebrand in 1977 by teaming up with GTO, a sportswear label, and Jelenk, a knitwear maker to launch ASICS.

ASICS specifically offers athletic sneakers for running, basketball, volleyball, tennis, gymnastics, track and field, soccer while the Onitsuka Tiger label caters to iconic and contemporary lifestyle sneakers under the following collections: Mexico 66, GSM, Tiger Ally, Tiger Corsair, Dualio, Lawnship 2.0, Alvarado, Serrano, and Mexico Delegation.

One of the casual sneakers that echo a momentous fragment in Onitsuka’s track history is the Dualio. This low-profile was based on the 1976 Montreal running classic made of rugged nylon popularized by long-distance runner Lasse Viren. After securing his second Olympic gold medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, this Finnish track and field athlete he took off and held up his Onitsuka Tiger running shoe.

Viren’s act almost got him into trouble as he was initially accused of publicizing the shoe. However, Viren countered by saying that his blistered feet pushed him to go barefooted. The tale of Viren’s shoe gave birth to the Montreal ’76. Such shoe became the inspiration of the present day appropriate Onitsuka Tiger silhouette, the Dualio.

Additional Info

  • This sneaker is covered with heaps of materials and colors. It comes in canvas and suede, nylon and suede, jersey and suede.
  • The Onitsuka Tiger Dualio is made of a bi-density midsole and a heritage tread pattern.
  • Its padded heel collar grants comfort and support around the ankle.
  • Onitsuka Tiger branding is showcased on the heel and tongue.

Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Colorways: Grey / Black / Red / Yellow / White
SKUs: D600N0190 / D600N0450 / D600N1010 / D600N2301 / D600N5050 / D6K3N0274 / D6L1L0101 / D6L1L9090

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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.