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Onitsuka Tiger by Asics California 78® Vintage Reviews

38 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

94%Rated 5 stars

6%Rated 4 stars

0%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

76% "Felt true to size"

87% "Felt true to width"

71% "Moderate arch support"

Additional 18 California 78® Vintage Onitsuka Tiger by Asics Reviews

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May 28, 2013

Richard W

from South Carolina

The Onitsuka Tiger by Ascics is a remarkable shoe with exceptional comfort, feel,and style. I feel light on my feet whenever wearing these and even use them in indoor soccer. They are an all around shoe that can adapt to almost any situation.I highly recommend to anyone who likes a good fitting and comfortable lifestyle shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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May 18, 2013

Anonymous

from northern CA

Have only worn them around the house for an hour so far... comfortable, lots of padding at upper, sole has moderate padding - less than moderate arch support, but there is some. Will need better arch support or arch insert for pronators. I think these will conform well to the foot, since the uppers are textile. The gray is a true light gray, not whitefish, so you don't feel you are wearing white shoes. I seem to be between an 8 and an 8.5 for women in this shoe, but I will re-order an 8 -- I expect it to stretch out. Good for walking around town, but I would not use them for running -- the running shoe engineering has gone a long way since the 70s when these were the marketed for runners. But I wanted them for a casual shoe & for that, they are very handsome shoes! Similar styles would be Skechers & other "athletic-leisure" shoes, but these are much more comfortable in the upper for me.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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May 9, 2013

JP

 

Comfortable, good looking casual shoe suitable for walking. Felt wider than I'd have expected, but I have wide feet and the extra width suited me. Very satisfied.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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8 people found this review helpful  

May 9, 2013

RJL

from NJ

This is my fifth pair of Onitsuka Tigers and undoubtedly my favorite. I also have a pair of the following: Mexico 66, Fencing Shoe, Serrano, Ultimate 81. I mention this because my review will compare some of these shoes to the California 78. The feel of this shoe is like a combination of the Serrano (specifically in the midfoot to toe box area) and the Ultimate 81 (in terms of overall comfort and the feel toward the heel area. With regard to external styling it looks like a more fully featured and robust version of the Mexico 66. In summary, this shoe combines all of my favorite aspects of three of my other Tigers into one shoe! It's snug around the midfoot area (like the Serrano) it's super comfortable (like the Ultimate 81) and it has super fresh retro style (like the Mexico 66). One note of caution, I found that this shoe runs very large. My foot is typically somewhere between a 10.5 and 11. My Fencing, Serrano's and Mexico 66's are size 10.5 and my Ultimate 81's are size 11. I usually purchase one of each size and decide from there. With the California 78 I purchased only the 10.5 and found that it was a bit more roomy than what I would like. It was wearable but it was just short of having that "clown shoe" feel to it. I like my shoes to hug my feet a bit snugly while not pinching around the toes or jamming my toes into the front of the shoe. Once I dropped down to the size 10 for the California 78's I found my perfect fit. I'm very picky with the fit of my shoes so this might not be as much of a concern for you but I'd strongly recommend staying at the lower range of your normal sizes and then maybe drop down a half size from there for comparison sake.

Brands I'd also recommend: Gola, Puma, Lacoste, Adidas, Saucony Originals

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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No arch support

 

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May 2, 2013

Kevin

from Calif.

Having been born and raised in California, these shoes brought back good memories the second I saw them. Had to have them. I have been wearing them now for over a month and love them.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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April 29, 2013

AC

from Long Island NY

Love these! They are great with jeans without looking sloppy. I bought the blue and love the color. Waiting for the other colors be available in my size. I was wary of buying since they are in men's sizes too, as I don't always have luck with that sort of thing. I am a 9 and bought the 7.5/9 and it fits perfectly.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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March 23, 2013

Marianne

from United States

I am surprised at how much I love these shoes! I am extremely picky about the comfort of shoes. Usually, if a shoe is cute, the comfort is sacrificed and vice versa. These have both style and comfort! I love the retro look of them and they remind me of my Jr. High days! ;) They are really comfy and I can wear them all day with no problems. They do run a little big - I am a true size 8 and I ordered both the 8 and 7 1/2. The 8s are too big and even the 7 1/2s are slightly on the big side. I could probably go down to a 7. They are also a tad on the narrow side, which my feet are so bonus for me! All in all, these are great shoes and I'm very pleased!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 25, 2012

Anonymous

from Los Angeles

Great look and super comfortable. The 'black' is more of a charcoal grey and have a cool retro feel to it.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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June 20, 2012

Sarah V

from Gainesville, FL

Love these so much! I struggled to find the perfect black "throwback" sneak and these definitely fit the bill. 24 hours after they arrived I literally "street-tested" them out in NYC for a long weekend. I didn't get any blisters and they went well with all my casual outfits. I do wish they had a bit more support, but the style factor makes up for it!

Brands I'd also recommend: New Balance, Adidas

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 15, 2012

Jonathan

from Northern California

This is a retro shoe, just like the ones I had in the late 70's. It is light and comfortable. It does not restrain the foot. This is not a big arch-support type shoe. More like a slipper you can run in.

Brands I'd also recommend: I like Salomon for everything

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

June 6, 2012

Mark

from Washington, DC

Love these shoes. I own to pair and at some point will probably own a third!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

May 26, 2012

Anonymous

from Newton, MA

I think these sneakers are just great! They look great, and feel great. This is my second pair of Tigers. I am sure they will not be the last

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 12, 2012

Anonymous

from Oregon

Awesome shoes! Very stylish with everything. Could use a little more beef on the out-sole. Other then that, you can match them with just about anything. If you like brighter colors, look up water proofer by sofsole. It will keep your brights, bright and water-proof for a good bit.

Brands I'd also recommend: sanuk, lacoste, teva, kenneth cole reaction, nike, reebok, cushe, adidas, new balance, frye.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 12, 2012

Anonymous

from Wisconsin

Love the shoes! Had been looking for another pair in my size for a long time- finally found them here!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 29, 2012

Lea

 

Very cool, retro look. Comfy though slightly larger than a typical 8, but I felt going down a half size was too much. Great Zappos service & super fast delivery!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

December 25, 2011

Anonymous

from Boston

These shoes are very comfortable and I think that they're wicked cute! I love them!

Brands I'd also recommend: Puma

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 17, 2011

Esteban

from EE.UU

Awesome shoes, fit perfect and comfortable and many plus! Excellent sneaker and the colors blend looks really nice. If you like a vintage sneaker, these are a good choice.

Brands I'd also recommend: Reebok nylon sneakers

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 3, 2011

Margot

from Vancouver WA

These shoes fit like a dream and are light as a feather, exactly what I wanted for my Tai Chi class.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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