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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!
  • Lightweight and durable sneaker.
  • All *vegan uppers made from a combination of mesh, nylon, synthetic or canvas materials depending on what colors you choose.
    Per Onitsuka Tiger, the Ultimate 81 are constructed with vegan uppers.
    Please note: The EXCLUSIVE colorways feature a leather and suede upper.
  • 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.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 11 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size Men's 9, Women's 10.5, width Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.

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Fit Survey:

83% Felt true to size
  • 1% Full size too large
  • 9% Half size too Large
  • 83% True to size
  • 6% 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

  • Video Description View the Video Description for this product! (Please note that the color shown in the video may no longer be available.)
  • 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!
  • Lightweight and durable sneaker.
  • All *vegan uppers made from a combination of mesh, nylon, synthetic or canvas materials depending on what colors you choose.
    Per Onitsuka Tiger, the Ultimate 81 are constructed with vegan uppers.
    Please note: The EXCLUSIVE colorways feature a leather and suede upper.
  • 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.
  • Measurements:
    • Weight: 11 oz
  • Product measurements were taken using size Men's 9, Women's 10.5, width Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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Onitsuka Tiger by Asics Ultimate 81®

Average rating is 5 out of 5 from a total of 2,858 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: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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LOVE these shoes, they are my go-tos for casual everyday sneakers that look cute but in a pinch I can wear to work out in. Good support for as lightweight as they are. I have big feet and these make my feet look smaller. They're great!

I'd also recommend: New Balance, Saucony

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  • from Boston, MA
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I loved this shoe right out of the box. It. Is extremely comfortable and fits accurately to size. I purchased the shoe with the mesh which seems to make a difference per prior reviews. The only drawback I can see is that the sole is relatively thin which may result in wearing out early. Time will tell.

I'd also recommend: Saucony

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  • from Albany ny
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I rarely wear anything but the Tiger Ultimate 81. They are comfortable to walk in all day, have a smaller profile than a traditional sneaker, and come in great colors. But be warned, some of the shoes are made of different materials. I ordered the Ultimate 81s in both grey and red; the red pair are wider (and way more comfortable) right out of the box compared to the grey pair. The mesh on the top is different, which may have something to do with it. I have relatively small (size 6), wide feet, with very high arches, so wide for me is better, but the grey pair are breaking in nicely. These shoes match up to my generally hard-to-fit feet. I am an avid runner, and Asics has always been my shoe of choice. With the hip and knee injuries I have obtained from said running delights, these shoes are what saves me on my long walks / running around at work. They offer great support and great cushion without all the bulk. Low profile is key. I travel a lot and nothing screams out "I am a North American tourist" like big sneakers. So, although I am sure he is comfortable, having a shoe- pant combo like Jerry Seinfeld is not really appealing to me. Overall, a well made, comfortable and great looking shoe. And Zappos is the only place I can have all the color options I like!

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Moderate arch support

Overall: Rated: 1 stars! Comfort: Rated:1 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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So small. I buy Onitsuka Tiger shoes almost exclusively. I wear a 10.5 US. I ordered a 10.5 and they are at least a full size too small. I bought the exact same shoe in a different color with no problems. How is this shoe manufactured a full size too small?! So frustrating. Makes me regret shopping online.

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Runs Small

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Felt a full size smaller than marked

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Poor Support

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No arch support

  • from San Francisco
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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These claim to be Vegan friendly. They provide the best arch support that I have found in vegan friendly shoes. The tread is excellent in the rain on my slippery steps. I just wish these were not sneakers.

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Excellent arch support

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