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    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

  • Price
    $120
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Though the sneaker is famously known to be a Jared Leto go-to silhouette, women are privileged to cop a pair as it is manufactured in unisex sizing. Just take note that Onitsuka Tiger sneakers follow the usual template of going 1.5 down from the men’s sizes. The Onitsuka Tiger Mexico Mid Runner has a generous size range starting from 4 to 14 including half sizes. These mid-tops are constructed with D medium widths.

A mid-top sneaker with a style that fits all occasion is an appraisal which can be righteously bestowed upon the Onitsuka Tiger Mexico Mid Runner. Men who are rooting for the Jared Leto look can confidently partner these kicks with skinny black pants with matching long sleeves or a leather jacket. Long hair is not necessary.

Aside from the iconic Onitsuka Tiger side stripes, the most significant upgrade that the Onitsuka Tiger Mexico Mid Runner employed would probably be the extension of its collar just right above the ankle. The traditional Onitsuka Tiger marking on the heel is raised a little paralleling the lateral malleolus (ankle bone).

Nostalgia is a big marketing tool. It can be used in many forms of revenue generating products like wardrobe and footwear. The Mexico 66 is one of those that market itself in this way thanks to the vintage vibe it brings to the table. But little does Mexico 66 fans know that it has a sure taller brother which was never publicly released during the 1960s.

The Mexico Mid Runner’s initial purpose was to be used by the Japanese National Team competing in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics as a mid-top training shoe. It was designed for specific sports events like pole vaulting, triple jump, high jump, and long jump. The reason for the mid-top form is that it was supposed to add more stability around the ankle when these participants are training and getting ready to make their country proud.

The initial Mid Runner was super special that it was initially not found in any Onitsuka Tiger catalog from Tokyo 1964. Eventually, it was pulled out from the depths of the Asics Research and Development archives in Kobe to give everyone a chance to obtain a piece of history.

In 2010, the Mexico Mid Runner was overhauled to bear a German touch via a collaboration with Tillmann Lauterbach who is involved in both Paris and Barcelona. The Onitsuka Tiger Mexico Mid Runner x Tillmann Lauterbach was dipped in two tonal themes which are “black on black” and “white on white.” To give the mid-top sneaker more flair, Tillmann Lauterbach brandings are emblazoned on the tongue and the heel pull tab.

Another timeless iteration of the coveted mid-top was the Onitsuka Tiger x Andrea Pompilio Mexico Mid Runner DX which is covered in a perforated synthetic fiber upper with leather portions. Two of the colorways in this collection include the Rose edition which shines in a mix of green and light blue themes and the White with a hint of yellow on the midsole. The DX is a version of the Mid Runner which belongs to the Nippon group--every piece of material is crafted by hand.

  • The mid-top sneaker’s upper consists of leather and suede materials.
  • Cushioning is provided by the EVA midsole coupled by a rubber outsole for traction.
  • Its interiors are composed of a textile lining with a foam footbed for extra comfort.
  • The famous Onitsuka Tiger Mexico Mid Runner in white colorway with blue and red striping is available in a smooth leather variation as well as a cracked one.
  • Other colorways include Vaporous Grey, Midnight Blue/Caravan, Oatmeal/Port Royal, Ash Rose/Cream and Summer Melon/Slight White

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