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The Onitsuka Tiger OK Basketball had come a long way from being the pioneer sports sneaker in the East side of the globe to become one of the sparkplugs of the Onitsuka franchise. Due to its outdated construction in the mid-20th century, the sneaker was entitled to a modern revamp evident with the Onitsuka Tiger OK Basketball MT.
Men and women are fortunate to be able to cop a pair mainly because the sneaker is offered in unisex sizes. Those who fancy a pair can grab one in sizes ranging from 4.5 in men’s or 6 in women’s all the way up to 14 or 15.5.
The traditional lacing system stayed truthful to the original model while a new and improved midsole kept the old look while providing contemporary comfort.
The Converse-y look of the Onitsuka Tiger OK Basketball shoes owes its appeal to the prominent vintage silhouette of sports shoes during that era. What makes the OK shoes different are the stitches on the sides and, of course, the absence of the All-Stars insignia on the sides which is obviously replaced by the Onitsuka Tiger logo.
Canvas shoes like these are naturally versatile, considering that its appeal has existed for millions of years reaching to this day. Pairing it with either bleached or skinny jeans is always a staple, but due to its high top figure, the sneaker also deems worthy of being sported with shorts and skirts.
There’s not much evidence to effectively differentiate an Onitsuka Tiger OK Basketball shoe from either a BF Goodrich canvas sneaker or a Converse Chuck Taylor high top, in all honesty. But looking at the sides, one can witness a vast Onitsuka Tiger logo along with a tongue tab that emblazons the same print.
A lot of events and mergers happened to the Onitsuka Tiger brand in the past before they conspired to settle under one roof. Along the way, several attempts in the 40s to 50s to success was executed, and it was a good thing that the founders did what they had to do.
One of the very first fruits of their labor was the OK shoe, which was released in 1950. The shoe somehow was the revolutionary option for Japanese basketball players because it gave them some kind of advantage when it comes to grip and traction on the court. Thanks to the suckers on an Octopus’ tentacle, Onitsuka Kihachiro (the company’s founder) was inspired to utilize the same concept in the shoe’s outsole. Eventually, the sneaker was renamed OK to pay homage to Kihachiro.
After almost seven decades, the sneaker was reintroduced to the market in an honorable manner. Instead of going for the suction cups-inspired outsoles, the company revamped the shoe to cater to its contemporary market, leaving some traces of notches to pay a nod to its roots.
- The sneaker maintained its original form of a mid cut.
- Stitches and upper design stayed true to the original model.
- Along with the metal eyelets, the sneaker also revived the rubber patch on the medial side.
- It contains a molded inner sole for added plush comfort.
- The sneaker was released alongside another iteration called the Onitsuka Tiger OK Basketball Lo.
- OK stands for the company’s owner, Onitsuka Kihachiro.
- A leather version is also available.