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Onitsuka Tiger by Asics California 78® Vintage Reviews

42 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

84%Rated 5 stars

12%Rated 4 stars

0%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

4%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

76% "Felt true to size"

88% "Felt true to width"

73% "Moderate arch support"

Additional 22 California 78® Vintage Onitsuka Tiger by Asics Reviews

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May 31, 2014

Anonymous

 

I bought these shoes because I loved the colors. They are very bright blue and red! I was pleasantly surprised to discover how comfortable they are. They have pretty good support, and could definitely be worn all day long. This was a great purchase!

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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May 19, 2014

Gina M

from Boston, MA

These fit true to size. Run a bit narrow. I have skinny heels and they slip a little, but that is easily fixed with lacing tricks. Very comfortable minimal support shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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May 17, 2014

Ethan m

from United States

I would not agree with others stating it runs large. With socks, this ran right on the money. We will be returning the half size smaller for his actual size. Nice retro sneaker

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 16, 2014

Matt W

from North Carolina

Comfy, lightweight. Look more blue in real life than picture (looks more purple to me on the website). Purchased for a recent trip to NYC where I walked 5+ miles a day and they held up well; didn't have any foot or back pain at all.

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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May 13, 2014

Anonymous

from Rochester, NY

Great shoes! I love this company overall and would recommend these, mainly if you're just looking for something fashionable rather than for sports. I read in many reviews before purchasing that they run a half size too large. I decided to ignore and go with my usual size. They were indeed a half size too large, so I had to exchange for the next half size down. Even then, the left heel feels a touch loose when I walk, but it's not too bad.

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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Moderate arch support

 

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May 6, 2014

David L

from Austin, TX

Order a half size smaller. I wear about a 10.75, half way between a 10.5 and 11. An 11 fits in most shoes. I could have worn a 10 in these, but the width is that of a 10.5. So 10.5 it is and these shoes are great. I got them to wear casually, but I've actually been wearing them in the gym too. Thinking about getting a second pair so I can keep one pair nice and wear the other pair outside and in the gym.

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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May 5, 2014

Kristi

from Brooklyn, NY

I had been looking for a new pair of sneakers for awhile and boy am I glad I held out for these ones! They are super comfortable for long walks and also super cute! I love the splash of blue on the sole of the sneaker. This is my first pair of Tiger's but definitely not my last!

Brands I'd also recommend: Puma

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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April 29, 2014

Lori M

from Brooklyn, New York

I tried this shoe as well as the fencing shoe and found this to be a better match. I felt the fit was spot on and it was like stepping into a cloud! This shoe has more cushion then the fencing shoe, so if that is a concern, you may want to considerate it. This is debatable the most comfortable sneaker I have ever owned. The moment these wear out, I will be buying more. Plus, they come in super fun colors!

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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April 23, 2014

Jeff

from Los Angeles

I love the Onitsuka Tiger line, and the California 78's are very comfortable. I would recommend these over the Mexico 66 style, as that style doesn't have enough padding around the ankle. These are much better!

Brands I'd also recommend: New Balance Classics

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 11, 2014

Keaven

from Sioux Falls

This is an awesome she. The style and comfort is spot on. You need to order your true size in these. They fit different than other Onitsuka styles.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 30, 2014

Anonymous

 

Nice sneakers...nice support. It runs big...I went down a 1/2 size and that worked out well.

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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March 24, 2014

Carleen H

from Palo Alto

My daughter has narrow feet and needed indoor court shoes for fencing but couldn't fit the adult sizes. These shoes work great and provide enough stability while she is running on the mat floor.

Brands I'd also recommend: Asics

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 26, 2013

Anonymous

from benton ky

I ordered a mens 7.5. I wear a women's 9.5. These were snug and slightly narrow but they stretched a bit and are now perfectly comfortable. I'd rather them be more snug than big. I ordered an 8 as well but it was a little big. Easy return. Fast shipping. I got my package in about three days which is fast for where I live.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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October 20, 2013

Aaron

from Washington, DC

Squeaky shoes. Every step. Talked to my sister who used to design shoes for a living and she told me it's a production thing, poor quality thing. Last Onitsuka shoes I bought were great. These not. Lame.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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September 24, 2013

Anonymous

from Iowa

Shoes are good. The size seems to run a little longer than others. May not be the best shoe for wide footers, but overall very pleased. Great grips on the bottom for bicycling.

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

 

Poor Support

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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September 3, 2013

Bernie M

from Texas

Great shoe, comfortable, love colors, so I can say the green yellow combo is awesome. It fits right for me, and very light even though it doesn't look like it.

Brands I'd also recommend: Puma

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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August 1, 2013

Anonymous

from United States

Surprisingly comfortable for a flat sole tennis shoes. Striking looks that gets better in person. I have been wearing them as casual summer shoes without socks without any problem so far. I would not recommend them for jogging/running.

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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July 13, 2013

Ken B

from New York City

I love these sneakers. They totally reminds me of the sneakers I wore as a kid in the late 1970's, which, I suspect, is why they are called the California 78 Vintage. I wear them in stylish New York City and get lots of compliments. They are extremely comfortable for walking the mean streets. I like that they have a relatively low-profile sole yet a high-profile soul.

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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July 8, 2013

Emily E

from Montclair, NJ

My 13-year-old son bought these shoes to replace an old pair of Tigers he loves. Alas, his old model is no longer available so these were a second choice. But he still loves the style and the shoe overall. The sole of the shoe is just not what he was hoping for...more of a basketball bottom than what this shoe offers. This reminds me of an old adidas running shoe.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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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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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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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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Felt true to width

 

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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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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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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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