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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 2,840 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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Pretty quality sneaker. This was actually my second pair I liked them so much. First pair took about a year a a half to get holes in it. The soles go kinda quick but they still grip ok and are very comfortable.

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  • from Grand Rapids, MI
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I had loved these Onitsuka Tigers going back 7 or so years when I saw them in the mall. In all that time I wasted hundreds of dollars on Nikes, Adidas, and other major name sport shoes for casual wear with my jeans, etc...and put buying these Onitsuka's on the back burner. I will likely not be wearing any other of my sport shoes (except what I wear for actual running) now that I have these Tigers. They are amazing! The look is of course late 70s/80s retro (hence the name? 'ultimate 81'?). They beat out even the Nikes and Adidas back in the day! It's like going back in time. I realize these are not made for athletic or training use, and I use other more current shoes for that, but as a super cool 'hot tub time machine' to the past, these simply cannot be surpassed. I love them. As for other aspects, yes, they fit totally true to your Nike sizing (even though Nikes themselves often vary among the brand)...I like that if you go on the Onitsuka website they breakdown sizes into actual inner inch count. I found their men's 12 is 11.8 inches, so I knew that worked for me. They are very comfortable, and while designed for a superb and accurate retro look, they do appear you could walk out into Olympic stadium and compete in the mile...especially if the year was 1982. While I got the very conservative black with grey logo stripes for use with my jeans (and I live in L.A...that's the look here), the color combos are so multi-various as to be mind boggling. I cannot imagine a better casual athletic shoe. I am so happy to have these, they are really the very best!

I'd also recommend: these are so superior i have now become ONLY an Onitsuka customer, i would recommend others to do so

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  • from lake balboa, ca
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:3 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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There really is nothing wrong with these shoes. They feel and look great, I would just not call them medium width. The arch is about 2" wide and my feet hang off the side I really would have loved these shoes but sadly they will not do. If you have feet that are about 3-3½" wide above your heel these will not work for you!

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Overall: Rated: 4 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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This is a pretty good shoe. I'd been looking for something with good arch support, and this definitely works for me. The high arch in the shoe was shocking and pretty uncomfortable the first time I put them on, but I quickly adjusted and now hardly notice it. I wouldn't call these shoes "cushy," but they are comfortable for walking and can be worn for long periods of time.

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Moderate arch support

  • from San Francisco
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Great shoe once it's worn in a little. I haven't had it very long but it's seems tough and comfortable for standing 10 hours a day. Would buy again.

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Excellent arch support

  • from Wisconsin
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