Size and fit

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 including half sizes. These mid-tops are constructed with D medium widths.

Onitsuka Tiger Mexico Mid Runner Style

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.

Notable Features

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).

Onitsuka Tiger Mexico Mid Runner History

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.

Nice to know

  • 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

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro
Top: Mid
Inspired from: Running
Collection: Onitsuka Tiger Mexico
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, EVA
Colorways: White

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