Size and fit

The Onitsuka Tiger EDR 78 is a unisex sneaker that is offered in a wide array of measurements from 5-14 medium. According to the brand's recommendation, women wishing to avail these can simply go 1.5 sizes up for the ideal fit. Majority of the purchasers recommend ordering a half to a full size up for that optimum fit. The lace-up closure and the lightly cushioned collar and tongue provide a secure and snug fit that can be customized.

Onitsuka Tiger EDR 78 Style

Inspired by Enduro, a once-well-known trail sneaker released in 1978, the Onitsuka Tiger EDR 78 gets retro style points for fusing vintage tennis and basketball shoes. The upper is composed of a mix of suede, satin-looking textile, and synthetic materials, creating a standout contrast on sheen and matte finishes. These materials also make the shoe lightweight and breathable. The signature stripe logo can be spotted on the medial and lateral sides.

Notable Features

Conceptualized from a shoe that performed, the Onitsuka Tiger EDR 78 is also built and styled for the streets this time. Infused with an Ortholite sock liner and arch cookies, these sneakers are ensured of long-term cushioning and breathability. As a trail-running-inspired shoe, these low-top sneakers possess extended rugged tread at the forefoot and heel, which provides superior traction.

Onitsuka Tiger EDR 78 History

Five years after World War II, Kihachiro Onitsuka conceptualized Onitsuka Tiger in an attempt to uplift people's spirits through the promotion of better health through sports. Although the creation of his first sneaker started in his living room, Onitsuka's story started with an octopus. Aside from enjoying this eight-legged delicacy, it sparked inspiration as the tentacles stuck on the bowl. It became the brand's breakthrough innovation and led the development of the suction cup sole of the 1951 Tiger Basketball Shoe.

Since then, Onitsuka Tiger became the crowd favorite of the ever-increasing popularity of Japan's basketball scene. It has also expanded its range of products, sports and lifestyle Onitsuka Tiger sneakers included. One of its releases is the Onitsuka Tiger EDR 78, which is based on the then-popular 70's trail running shoe.

Additional Info

  • The name EDR 78 is an acronym for Enduro and its year of release.


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