Size and fit

No need to get tangled with shoelaces as the Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Slip-On is made with an easy-to-wear upper construction.

Its breathable structure is harmonized with a perforated inlay sole that not only allows air to flow within the shoe but keeps moisture from building up at the base of the foot. The roomy toe box prevents the foot from getting cramped under its narrow frame and such area grants enough space for the toes to splay.

Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Slip-On Style

Vintage sneakers seem to have a perpetual charisma that magnetizes consumers regardless of age bracket they belong to. One particular style that pokes out in the heaps of rubber-soled low-top sneakers is the retro Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Slip-On due to its lightweight and relaxed composition.

The fusion of light fabrics and textures on the upper paired with its low-profile midsole condenses the weight of the shoe which makes it right and proper for leisurely escapades during the summer months.

Its classic cut comes in a broad spectrum of color options and upper textures, such as mauve, glacier gray, taupe, light smoke blue, moon rock, corydalis blue, white with Turkish blue, cherry tomato, ash rose, to name a few.

These design options that meld with the wave-like cross stripe branding on the sides is an attraction for consumers who are scouring for dependable everyday footwear that’s comfortable and ultimately style flexible. It’s a kind of sneaker that effortlessly merges with any conceivable lifestyle outfit, be it casual, laidback, dressy, preppy, and, yes, even formal wear.

Notable Features

Simple Japanese engineering is executed on the Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Slip-On, keeping its overall structure comfortable and unconstrained. Instead of adding laces to secure the fit, this sneaker uses an elastic panel under the tongue to tighten the upper. Such slip-on style that’s not short in color patterns makes it versatile to pair up with almost a whole closet of wardrobes.

Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Slip-On History

The low-top Mexico 66 Slip-On is a nod to the vintage runner produced by Onitsuka Tiger. It bears a strong resemblance to the original reproduction yet built with amenities that capture the interest of today’s consumers.

Tracing the root s of the Mexico 66 is like revisiting the Olympic archives of the 1960s. Back in the day, Olympic games are intrinsically interwoven in the transformation of the Onitsuka Tiger athletic shoes. A Japanese branded footwear that became renowned among basketball players and athletes heading for long-distance running.

The strength of this brand was bolstered during 1964 summer Olympics held in Tokyo, Japan where the Onitsuka Tiger became a much-sought label in the track and field category with its drop of the Runspeed, a shoe with fixed studs. The popularity of the brand reached offshores attracting the likes of American middle-distance runner Phil Knight to set up a partnership with Onitsuka for exclusive US distributorship. And as written in the books, this union would later spawn another tale, the birth of today’s footwear giant, Nike.

Olympic games continue to have strong ties with this Japanese label. In 1966, Onitsuka Tiger unveiled the Limber UP Kawa BK, constructed as a pre-trial running shoe for the 1968 summer games in Mexico. The Limber Up, with its distinctive crossed stripes – which is presently the trademark of the brand as seen in the Mexico 66 Slip-On -- is the earliest reference shoe of today’s much-sought Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 shoes.

During the said pre-games, Japanese and foreign athletes were seen sporting this shoe. The Limber Up was soon rebranded as the Mexico 66 and later turned out to be one of the most iconic silhouettes under the Onitsuka collection.

During the late 1970s, Onitsuka Tiger was renamed as ASICS. However, with strong clamor from diehard aficionados, Onitsuka Tiger was resurrected in 2001, causing the return of some of the most recognizable silhouettes on the racks such as the historical Tiger Corsair, revolutionary Mexico 66, former champion runner Serrano, classic racer Ultimate 81, and vintage track resident California 78 Vin. 

Additional Info

  • The metal eyelets on the Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Slip-On are placed for added charm.
  • The pull tab on the heel with a Tiger logo makes it easy to put on this shoe. It also works like a shoehorn for a stress-free slip-on.
  • Contrasting suede or leather material is stitched on the Tiger stripes branding on the side panels, T-toe, and heel.
  • No laces are required on this shoe, and its slightly padded tongue is attached to the throat.
  • The midsole which either comes in single or dual tone is built with a slim frame.
  • Underneath the shoe is a sturdy yet flexible rubber material with deep lug pattern for added grip.
  • The rubber toe bumper reinforces the front region and offers extra protection.
  • This shoe doesn’t have a liner, but it has a non-abrasive interior.
  • Apart from Uma Thurman’s yellow Mexico 66 sneaker seen in the film “Kill Bill,” this classic shoe was seen in other movies. These are the“The High School Musical 2” worn by Troy Bolton; “The Twilight Saga” sported by Alice Cullen and Emmett Cullen; and “The Disappearance of Alice Creed” by Martin Compston.
  • Other prominent figures seen with an Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 are Prince William of Wales, Emma Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jared Leto, and Brian McFadden.


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