Mexico 66

2017-12-06
Mexico 66Mexico 66 is one of the most easily recognizable classic sports shoe models from the Asics company. Most sneakerheads, especially the ones that not only follow but also create trends, says that they belong among the top 10 of the best classic shoes ever created. A careful observer and action movie fan might have seen Onitsuka Tiger Tai Chi, which was heavily influenced by the Mexico, in a Bruce Lee movie „Game of Death”. The Mexico 66 followed, appearing on the feet of Uma Turman in a famous Quentin Tarantino movie Kill Bill, in a yellow colorway that was a tribute to the style of the model worn by Bruce Lee.




Let's get back to the model's history because it's very interesting. Model Mexico 66, as its name suggests, was created in 1966, getting very popular in tests and competitions prior to the Summer Olympics in Mexico in 1968. It was also the first model of the brand that used crisscrossing stripes on the sides of the upper, called „tiger stripes”. The reception was so positive that it became a logo of the Japanese brand, appearing on all models from that day forward.



Running world quickly recognized this model, and during the Olympic Games in Mexico, a large number of athletes could be seen wearing the Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66. Thanks to those runners the world got to know the Japanese brand and their products, which led to a global success in later years.



In the same year, Onitsuka (the owner of Tiger company) started to promote his shoes in the USA. He started to work with two young businessmen, Bill Bowerman and Phil Knight, but what happened after is a story for some other time….



Despite over 50 years since their release the model is still highly popular, and even no one is using them for serious running anymore, the fashion world has made it one of its icons. The Mexico 66 is crafted in the same way as it always was, in natural leather, finished with a heel and toe cap of suede. We can find the original Tiger logo on the tongue and on a characteristic piece of leather placed at the heel counter.




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