Onitsuka Tiger by Asics Ultimate 81®

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Onitsuka Tiger by Asics Ultimate 81®
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  • Long considered to be the absolute in technical running during the '80s, the Ultimate 81® from Onitsuka Tiger™ by ASICS® makes a strong comeback with modern styling that's sure to please old and young alike!
  • Suede and mesh uppers.
  • Lightly-padded collar and tongue for comfort, fit and feel.
  • Textile lining with cushioned footbed.
  • Traditional lace-up closure for secure fit.
  • Two-tone EVA midsole with flex "channels" on heel provides cushioning and added flexibility.
  • Supportive TPU heel piece.
  • Rubber outsole for great traction.
  • Imported.

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Fit Survey:

82% Felt true to size
  • 1% Full size too large
  • 9% Half size too Large
  • 82% True to size
  • 7% Half size too small
  • 1% Full size too small
91% Felt true to width
  • 91% Felt true to width
  • 6% Felt narrower than marked
  • 3% Felt wider than marked
67% Moderate arch support
  • 21% Excellent arch support
  • 67% Moderate arch support
  • 12% No arch support

Item Information

  • Long considered to be the absolute in technical running during the '80s, the Ultimate 81® from Onitsuka Tiger™ by ASICS® makes a strong comeback with modern styling that's sure to please old and young alike!
  • Suede and mesh uppers.
  • Lightly-padded collar and tongue for comfort, fit and feel.
  • Textile lining with cushioned footbed.
  • Traditional lace-up closure for secure fit.
  • Two-tone EVA midsole with flex "channels" on heel provides cushioning and added flexibility.
  • Supportive TPU heel piece.
  • Rubber outsole for great traction.
  • Imported.
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Onitsuka Tiger by Asics Ultimate 81®

Average rating is 5 out of 5 from a total of 2,964 reviews.

Top Positive Review

27 people found this review helpful.

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Bought this shoes for my son. This is the only brand he will wear. We purchase him a new pair every year for his birthday. They last him all year....he wears them every day. His birthday is about the only time we can get him to travel home to visit...we think it is the shoes.

Read more » « Show less December 24, 2011 by Anonymous
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Top Critical Review

2 people found this review helpful.

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These look really awesome. However, I found out after a few times of wearing them the left shoe is crushing the back of my ankle. They fit fine, it is just the angle that the back of the shoe has is putting pressure on my tendon making it painful to walk/run or wear for days, so I stopped wearing them. Since I ran outside in the mud I figured Zappos wouldn't take them back.

Read more » « Show less March 28, 2012 by Becky M
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Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Great. I have the same style in a few other colors and they are always good. Only problem is my dog has chewed up like 3 pairs...

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Moderate arch support

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  • from Miami
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Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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This was my first pair of Tigers. Comfortable and stylish for a couple months until they started to fall apart. Within a couple months, the rubber at the toe separated from the upper on both shoes, which really compromised the stylish look. I'd never had this happen to a pair of shoes before. Of course Zappos only lets you return shoes that haven't been worn, so I was stuck with them. Silly me, I tried another pair of Tigers, this time the California 78's. After five months the rubber on the toe has separated from the leather upper. So... for me it's back to my Adidas Sambas, which are less comfortable, but in 10+ years of wearing them, I've never had a problem with sole separation.

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Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Super comfortable, true to size, and very stylish. Can work with jeans, shorts, or the occasional black below-knee skirt. This is my second Onitsuka pair and both of them are gorgeous. Onitsuka can sometimes feel narrow but this pair was true to width.

I'd also recommend: Asics

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Felt true to size

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Moderate arch support

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Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Great retro sneaker! These totally work to fill that gap between flip flops and boots for knocking around town in jeans. (I got the Charcoal/Black II- dark grey with orange and black stripes, great fall colors). I usually wear a size 8 in runners, including Asics, and got these in the 6.5/8 size and they work great. There is some room at the end of the toe, so it's possible I could size down, but I like not banging my big toe against the front of the shoe. The arch felt funny at first, probably because I rarely wear shoes with support. I have high arches, and I'm still aware the arch is there in the shoe. Now that I've walked in them some, it's sort of settling down. And it never hurt or was a problem for me. Comfortable right away walking up and down hills, nothing rubbed or hurt. I wear them with low rise athletic socks, the kind with the band around the top not the no-show kind, and the top of the sock is the same height in the back as the shoe.

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Runs Small

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Felt true to size

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Runs Wide

Felt true to width

Poor Support

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Excellent arch support

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  • from Seattle
Overall: Rated: 3 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:2 stars!
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They are ok, a little cheaply made and don't look as good as I'd hoped.

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