During the pre-trial games of 1966, Onitsuka Tiger released a runner named the Limber Up Kawa BK. This model was the first to sport the iconic stripes we now see gracing every Onitsuka Tiger and Asics shoe. The sneaker had a leather and suede upper, smooth leather lining, and a T toe cap design. This silhouette would later be dubbed simply as the Mexico 66, so named for the host country of the upcoming Summer Olympic Games.
In 2008, Onitsuka Tiger created a high-end line called the Nippon Made or Made in Japan. The collection serves as a showcase of the Japanese’s excellence in craftsmanship, from the design to the dyeing and right down to the stitching. All items manufactured under this collection (a range of clothes, footwear, and accessories) go through the hands of artisans who are experts in their craft, and so, no two products are exactly alike.
In 2012, the brand released a footwear collection within the Nippon Made line. Along with the Fabre and Tai-Chi, a Deluxe version of the Mexico 66 also debuted. Each style was limited to just 100 pairs and retailed at $300 each.
Unlike other shoe collections, the styling of each model in the Nippon Made range differed with each release. The Mexico 66 Deluxe has a version with a gold embroidered logo and an upper made of suede and leather, ones with branding that looked brushed-on with paint (‘Kabuki’ and ‘Kabuki Villain’), and still others more made of varying premium materials and hues.
Give your outfits a splash of elegance by wearing the Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Deluxe. This low-top sneaker can transform even the most casual getup into a slick and trendy outfit. Women who wish to go the comfortably cool route can match this footwear with skinny jeans and a cropped, overlap blouse. Men can style their kick with slim jeans, a tee, and a cotton blazer on top.
The unisex styling of the Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Deluxe certainly makes it easy for anyone to wear this beautiful shoe. It ranges from 6.5 to 13 with half sizes in between and is based on men’s measurements. Women can get their equivalent size by cutting their usual size down by one and a half.
The Deluxe version is slightly more low-profile than the regular Mexico 66, and this allows for fast turns and moves since the ankle is quite free.
The Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Deluxe breathes a new and more superior feel to a timeless classic. The skill of the artisan that made each pair clearly shows through in every area of this footwear, from the fine stitching and sleek cut of the shoe to the beautifully dyed and finished upper. A thin midsole and sawtooth outsole add to the overall streamlined and elegant look.
- The Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Deluxe has a sleeker and slightly more low-profile cut than the standard Mexico 66. Some are made of garment leather while some are made of premium leather and suede.
- Each sneaker style has a limited number of pairs since they are handmade and dyed which is a very labor-intensive process.