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Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Onitsuka Tiger Lifestyle Shoes
Price: $120
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Men and women are fortunate enough to be able to avail the sneaker as it is constructed in unisex sizing ranging from 4 to 13 with half sizes. Women can go 1.5 sizes down from the declared to attain the adequate fit. The sneaker follows the standard medium width.

The Peacoat colorway of the knitted Lawnship 2.0 can be conveniently styled with numerous clothing options due to its simple yet clever design. The perforations on its upper give it dimension and at the same time project a contemporary appeal perfect for spring and summer seasons. To give the nod to its core model, the sneaker maintained the heel tab on the back of the collar complete with Onitsuka Tiger branding on the tongue. A contradicting hole pattern on the sides of the sneaker somehow resemble the original six-hole perforations of the leather Lawnship 2.0.

The knit upper material adds a unique appeal to the classic Lawnship model with succeeding details on the back heel tab and the Onitsuka Tiger branding on the tongue. The underlays are made of mesh components.

Onitsuka Tiger before it was tossed around and became the mother company Asics had come a long way from a Japanese dreamer that supplies basketball shoes in the 50s. Within this new found love for sports and physical creativities surfaces another court game that quickly gained popularity among smash enthusiasts. It was timely for Onitsuka to make a move and cater the feet of the hard-ground tennis athletes.

The first attempt for the Japanese brand to venture into tennis sportswear was the Tiger Mark which was split into A, B, and lawn tennis specifications. This release was followed by a 1957 model called the Tiger Winning which upgraded the uppers into a breathable fabric with an enhanced rubber compound on the sole to provide increased traction.

A few years later, a new silhouette for tennis was introduced to the public bearing the Tiger title. The Gold Tiger redesigns the outsole pattern and makes use of a herringbone pattern for quick stops and sprints. It took a long time for a subsequent tennis model to be released, but in 1963, during the simultaneous management change-up, a new name for the Winning was inducted.

The Passing was an upgraded version of the Winning in the 50s which includes a round black rubber compound on its sole for quick stopping and is also abrasion resistant. The heel and ball area are also relatively thicker than any part of the sole for durability purposes. This tennis sneaker became the second coming of the original Winning model.

After several name changes and expansions, Onitsuka released the first iteration in the Lawnship series in 1974. The Lawnship 30 uses a non-vulcanization method for construction and utilizes a molding sockliner that improves the fit and breathability. There are two other styles under the Lawnship series namely the Lawnship 40 which is covered in a leather upper, and the Lawnship 15 which was made with mesh.

Due to its now iconic design, the Lawnship model was revamped decades after to bring back the timeless look of an Onitsuka tennis sneaker. Pulling it out from the archives, OT introduced the modern take on the Lawnship to the public again and was received warmly. Though some find the original sole to be flimsy, Onitsuka re-soled the vintage model which brought us the Lawnship 2.0 model. But the classic model shows no signs of stopping. In 2018, the Onitsuka Tiger Lawnship 2.0 knit was first witnessed by the public that showcases a breathable upper.

  • Its lace-up enclosure consists of seven eyelets for ultimate lockdown.
  • Underfoot cushioning is provided by the vulcanized sole with a matching Onitsuka Tiger logo on the heel and outsole.

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