style by Jacs T. Sampayan

Onitsuka Tiger becomes a knit freak

The Japanese footwear brand presents a new take on a classic silhouette

Onitsuka Tiger recently introduced a new version of its popular Mexico 66 shoe, this time done in knit. Once named Limber, the originally line was introduced in 1966 for the qualifying trials for the Olympics in Mexico two years later. It made use of the crossed stripes logo that will become synonymous to the Japanese brand, and its corresponding full-grain leather make and emblazoned sockliner and sides have become its most recognizable silhouette.

For the past two years, footwear labels—from hardcore performance pairs to casual sneakers—have become increasingly interested in knit. While this edition shows the shoe under a softer light with its pastel palette, the interpretation has a vibrantly fresh and young vibe.onitsuka-1The Mexico 66 knit coincides with the brand’s newly refurbished store in Greenbelt 5 as well as design collaborations with other brands: New Zealand streetwear label I Love Ugly teams up with Kihachiro Onitsuka’s brainchild for a predominantly white midcut pair with surprising textural elements; Meanwhile, menswear specialist Andrea Pompilio continues its four-year partnership with the brand anew with a line that is inspired by archived 1950s models. Both lines are available at the new shop.

Photography by Renzo Navarro
Art direction by Mags Ocampo

ONITSUKA TIGER IS ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF GREENBELT 5, AYALA CENTER, MAKATI; 729-9451; ONITSUKATIGER.COM
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Jacs T. Sampayan
He's the current Editor of the The Neighborhood, Managing Editor and Deputy Managing Editor for Rogue and L'Officiel Manila as well as an editorial consultant. In his spare time, he runs a volleyball training camp, hosts trivia nights, organizes different sports tournaments, walks along major highways to surpass his FitBit goals, and sleeps as little as possible. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @jacs_do_it.
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