Verdict from 23 user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • According to plenty of consumers, the Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Paraty is a very comfortable shoe that requires no breaking-in. They lauded the soft material used and added that walking in this sneaker all day does not hurt the feet at all.
  • Many users praised the excellent design of the low-top heritage sneaker because having no laces made it so convenient to use. A few also liked that the heel counters collapse so you can wear them as backless slip-ons.
  • The Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Paraty is a very stylish sneaker said a lot of users. They also reported getting countless compliments on their choice of kick.
  • Several testers liked the fit of the low-top Onitsuka Tiger sneaker.
  • A good number of reviewers were delighted with the available color combinations of the Mexico 66 Paraty.
  • This lifestyle footwear is great for the summer, several consumers stated, because they’re so lightweight.
  • The casual low-top shoe by Onitsuka Tiger is very durable, some purchasers commented. Two of them stated the footwear remained in top shape even after more than a year of use.
  • The price of the Mexico 66 Paraty is quite reasonable considering how outstanding the quality is, one buyer remarked

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Paraty runs small, two testers reported.
  • According to one reviewer, the low-top shoe has padding on the sole for comfort but nothing to support the arch at all.

Bottom line

Sneakers built along heritage designs are almost always stylish, but they’re not often comfortable. However, Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Paraty bucks that trend. The sneaker will get you lots of head-turns from strangers and compliments from friends while keeping your feet pleasantly cushioned. The shoe also allows the heel counter to collapse so you can wear it as a backless slip-on if you so wish.

The sneaker is quite durable, reasonably priced, and has eye-catching color combinations available. The only thing that some users don’t like is the flat sole.

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Good to know

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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