Verdict from 100+ user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • According to a few users, these sneakers were able to maintain its look even after a long time.
  • One of the testers appreciated these sneakers more as they are one of the few brands that offer sizes above 12.
  • Several wearers mention the versatility of the Onitsuka Tiger EDR 78 as it can be paired with shorts, skirts, bell-bottoms, and high-waisted skinny jeans.
  • Compared to the Onitsuka Tiger 81 Classing Running, one said that this pair is more comfortable and provides more arch support.
  • First-time users of the brand are not disappointed with the shoe.
  • Testers commend its aggressive tread as it holds up even on wet conditions.
  • An interesting detail regarding this shoe and other athletic footwear is that it possesses midfoot cushioning for a more responsive feel and additional arch support.
  • After meeting all the expectations regarding fit, color, and style, one instantly purchased different colorways of the same model.
  • Aside from its sleek and minimalist style, a few commended how lightweight and breathable it is.
  • As a lifestyle shoe, many claimed how comfortable it is to wear for walking. Some also noted that these are excellent driving sneakers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Several of the customers are apprehensive about the durability of these did not hold up well after several years of use.
  • An Asics user claimed that these are cheaply constructed and not up to its level of standards.
  • Based on the picture, these look sleek. However, on feet, it is not as flattering as it looks bulky.

Bottom line

Joining the revival of the retro sneakers trend, Onitsuka Tiger released the EDR 78 as a tribute to the 70's trainer Enduro. Built with a design and feature that resonate vintage and sports-inspired, these sneakers are all about comfort and versatility. More street-appropriate this time, the EDR 78 can be used for light workouts and for long driving, as tested by the commenters. 

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Good to know

The Onitsuka Tiger EDR 78 is a unisex sneaker that is offered in a wide array of measurements from 5-14 medium. According to the brand's recommendation, women wishing to avail these can simply go 1.5 sizes up for the ideal fit. Majority of the purchasers recommend ordering a half to a full size up for that optimum fit. The lace-up closure and the lightly cushioned collar and tongue provide a secure and snug fit that can be customized.

Inspired by Enduro, a once-well-known trail sneaker released in 1978, the Onitsuka Tiger EDR 78 gets retro style points for fusing vintage tennis and basketball shoes. The upper is composed of a mix of suede, satin-looking textile, and synthetic materials, creating a standout contrast on sheen and matte finishes. These materials also make the shoe lightweight and breathable. The signature stripe logo can be spotted on the medial and lateral sides.

Conceptualized from a shoe that performed, the Onitsuka Tiger EDR 78 is also built and styled for the streets this time. Infused with an Ortholite sock liner and arch cookies, these sneakers are ensured of long-term cushioning and breathability. As a trail-running-inspired shoe, these low-top sneakers possess extended rugged tread at the forefoot and heel, which provides superior traction.

Five years after World War II, Kihachiro Onitsuka conceptualized Onitsuka Tiger in an attempt to uplift people's spirits through the promotion of better health through sports. Although the creation of his first sneaker started in his living room, Onitsuka's story started with an octopus. Aside from enjoying this eight-legged delicacy, it sparked inspiration as the tentacles stuck on the bowl. It became the brand's breakthrough innovation and led the development of the suction cup sole of the 1951 Tiger Basketball Shoe.

Since then, Onitsuka Tiger became the crowd favorite of the ever-increasing popularity of Japan's basketball scene. It has also expanded its range of products, sports and lifestyle Onitsuka Tiger sneakers included. One of its releases is the Onitsuka Tiger EDR 78, which is based on the then-popular 70's trail running shoe.

  • The name EDR 78 is an acronym for Enduro and its year of release.


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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.