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The Onitsuka Tiger Tai-Chi DX is available in men’s sizing from 4 to 14 and half sizing ranging from 4.5 to 12.5, all in D Standard width. Like the original silhouette, this deluxe version retains the low-top construction that does not restrict foot movement. It boasts a traditional lace-up closure with an extra loop tab on the tongue for a secure and customizable fit.
The natural leather upper stretches over time and conform to the wearer's foot shape, which in turn give a more comfortable fit and feel. The collar and tongue are lightly padded but sufficient to add a plush feel to around the ankle.
One of the brand’s most iconic model, the Onitsuka Tiger Tai-Chi silhouette, received a premium treatment through its deluxe version, the Onitsuka Tiger Tai-Chi DX. This shoe’s Japan-quality, handmade craftsmanship is evident on its attention to every single detail like the materials used, stitching, and dye from the natural leather upper to the rubber outsole.
Indeed a noteworthy upgrade, the deluxe version of the iconic Tai-Chi boasts a premium look that could add a bit of a fancy to any set of wardrobe. Not your typical athletic-looking sneakers, a pair of this deluxe classic can go hand in hand with a variety of outfits from casual jeans or shorts to tailored jeans and polo shirt combo.
Although regarded as the deluxe version of the iconic Tai-Chi silhouette, this limited edition release still follows the low-top construction with a lace-up closure of the original version. One significant difference, though, is the construction process and upgraded materials utilized. With a “Nippon Made” label attached to it, one is assured of the Japanese craftsmanship and excellent quality of this shoe.
Another feature of this Nippon Made, deluxe version of the Onitsuka Tiger Tai Chi that sets it apart from the regular ones is its rubber outsole. This one features lined patterns with pivot points, while the regular Tai Chi models have a herringbone pattern.
In March 2012, Onitsuka Tiger released one of its most promising Nippon Made collections. The Nippon Made line launched in 2008 which consists of a series of Onitsuka Tiger shoe models that are handmade in Japan incorporating excellent Japanese craftsmanship and attention to detail, and premium materials.
The 2012 collection release consists of three of the brand’s iconic silhouette ever produced but in their deluxe versions utilizing premium construction and detailing. It includes the Fabre, the Mexico 66, and the Tai-Chi.
Like the other two silhouettes in the collection, the Onitsuka Tiger Tai-Chi DX or otherwise referred to as the Tai-Chi Deluxe is a limited release of only 100 pairs at around $300. It is handmade, with top-notch Japan-quality craftsmanship down to the materials used up to stitching details and overall construction. Because of this, each pair is different which gives the shoe a sense of exclusivity.
- The Onitsuka Tiger Tai-Chi DX comes with premium removable insoles.
- Onitsuka Tiger brandings are displayed on the tongue and heel.