Verdict from 100+ user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Onitsuka Tiger Mexico Delegation is available in a wide range of colorway options.
  • Its budget-friendly price makes this shoe more desirable for some buyers.
  • The soles of this Onitsuka Tiger model are flat but cushy and soft. They have more cushion and support than Vans shoes, according to some reviewers.
  • Many purchasers appreciate the lightness of this low-top.
  • The colors and materials of the Mexico Delegation make it even more attractive, a few buyers report.
  • A couple of reviewers like the slim silhouette of this shoe.
  • For many buyers, this Onitsuka Tiger shoe is a versatile pair that matches any set of outfits.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some buyers are dismayed that the Onitsuka Tiger Mexico Delegation is a bit of a pain to clean because of the suede material.
  • There are more than a few complaints that the heel tab on this shoe rubs on the skin and causes blisters.
  • This shoe fits a bit narrow in the toe box, several purchasers have stated. 
  • For a few buyers, the glued insoles are a disadvantage because they can’t replace them with orthotic inserts.

Bottom line

Onitsuka Tiger brings out the Mexico Delegation model in celebration of the signature Tiger Stripes’ 50th Anniversary. This release makes true Onitsuka Tiger followers and a new wave of sneaker fanatics beyond satisfied. A retro look merged with lightness plus cushiony comfort is the perfect formula that makes this running-inspired low-top another hit rather than a miss.

While the suede material is challenging to maintain and its toe box is somewhat narrow-fitting, this Tiger Stripes’ eye-catching façade in multiple colorways and pocket-friendly price make up for such minor issues.

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Good to know

The Onitsuka Tiger Mexico Delegation is a running-inspired low-top sneaker. The low profile of this shoe and its running shoe DNA allows flexible foot movement while the lace-up closure offers a customizable fit. The tongue features an extra loop or tab, which functions to keep it in place and not slide to the sides for a cozier ride. There is also a pull tab on the heel for easy on and off.

With its signature Onitsuka Tiger stripes reinforcements on the sidewalls, printed sockliner, low profile, and slim silhouette, the Onitsuka Tiger Mexico Delegation may look too familiar. That is because it is a re-creation of the brand’s most iconic shoe model, the Mexico 66.

This low-top showcases a premium exterior with its Japanese soft suede upper, waxed laces, and a crepe textured sole. Up for grabs in a myriad of colorways, men and women alike can easily find a pair fitting their style best. This shoe’s slim silhouette and general construction further allow wearers to strut it with ease and match with almost anything for casual activities.

Another retro-looking low-top sneaker is made available on the market, and this time through the Onitsuka Tiger Mexico Delegation. Like its predecessor, every feature of this sneaker is worthy of attention, but there are still a few that convey this particular model's character.

On the upper is a premium suede material that replaces the leather of the original silhouette. Not only does this upgrade give a fresh, new look to the classic, it also adds durability and improved plush feel. The midsole also demands notice, with its textured rubber material that adds to the shoe’s edgy appeal.

The Onitsuka Tiger Mexico Delegation shoe is one history-filled sneaker. It leads to a rich understanding of the brand’s signature Tiger Stripes as well as the brand’s backstory when it launched in February 2016, in time for the Tiger Stripes’ 50th anniversary.

This low-top is a re-creation of the Japanese Delegation’s shoe worn during the Olympic Parade of Nations in 1968, the Limber Up model or more popularly known today as the Mexico 66. The Limber Up was the first Onitsuka Tiger shoe to carry the brand’s signature stripes branding that remains on every Onitsuka Tiger and ASICS shoe up to this day.

With this remake version, the original structure of the iconic silhouette has been preserved as seen on the design details – the Mexico logo on the side, the printed sockliner that mimics the Olympic Track, and the renowned Onitsuka Tiger Stripes. This shoe, however, features an updated soft suede upper of premium quality instead of traditional leather.

  • Onitsuka Tiger brandings are visible on the tongue, heel, and insole.


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