Size and fit

The style of the Mexico 66 Paraty cuts across genders which is fortunate because the shoe is unisex. The measurements available range from 5 to 14 with half sizes offered as well. The sizes are based on men’s so women who may wish to avail of this heritage footwear need to go down a size and a half from their usual. The shoe features an elasticated collar, so wearers are ensured of a snug fit even without the laces.

Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Paraty Style

The Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Paraty is a stylish shoe that can adapt to most any outfit. The low-top sneaker can be worn with rolled up jeans, a casual zip-up jacket, and a simple tee with maybe an engaging print. Women can match the shoe with tights and a simple A-line dress or perhaps a sweater and shorts with frayed bottoms.

Notable Features

Classic retro vibe and modern good looks mix in the Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Paraty. The shoe’s great hue combinations and contrast color design ensure that you will be breaking necks as you stroll around town in your pair. A new heel styling allows you to wear the shoe two ways giving it versatility. Adding to the shoe’s cool factor is its well-cushioned sole that will keep you walking all day without tiring your feet.

Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Paraty History

In 1966, the Onitsuka Tiger company released a running shoe designed to be worn during the pre-trials for the 1968 Summer Olympic Games to be held in Mexico. They named this shoe the Limber Up Kawa BK and it was the first model from the company to carry the famous stripes that grace all Asics and Onitsuka Tiger shoes today. The Limber Up would later be renamed as the Mexico 66.

The company, later on, merged with GTO and Jelenk to form Asics and retro shoes were all but forgotten until the 2000s when a retro-nostalgia wave engulfed Europe and classics enjoyed another heyday. The Mexico 66 received critical acclaim and demand for the model further rose once Uma Thurman was spotted rocking the shoe.

The revival of the heritage racer featured a full-grain leather treatment for the tiger stripe and side panel, and suede for the toe cap and heel.

The Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Paraty keeps a lot of the elements of the original silhouette but adds new contemporary updates such as the removable of laces, new heel styling with contrast color, and a slip-on feature.

Additional Info

  • The Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Paraty features faux grommets, a striped heel, and a T-toe construction.

Facts / Specs

Base model: Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66
Top: Low
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Onitsuka Tiger Mexico
Colorways: Black / Blue
Special editions: 2 special editions
SKUs: 1183A339002 / 1183A339401 / D342N9001

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