I feel like someone is listening to me as the Onitsuka Tiger Nippon 60 trainers returned as a limited and numbered edition – and are now in the sale.
I’m saying that because I wrote a feature a short while back bemoaning the fact that the classic shoe was no longer available. While Onitsuka Tiger constantly reissues the same styles, its finest moment has been hidden away in the archive and has been for some years.
Why? I don’t know. This is a much-loved shoe and should be regularly available. But not reissuing its best designs isn’t something that is just Onitsuka Tiger’s problem.
So they are back, but not quite in the way I would have liked. The shoe is just fine, a replica of the shoe Japan’s national team was wearing in 1960. But it is only available in red (I always preferred the navy blue) and it is a strictly limited edition.
Only 1,964 are being made and you have to buy them from the official Onitsuka Tiger website. But on the plus side, the brand has just added its remaining stock to the sale.
If you can get a pair, you’ll find the trademark shape, a combination of red and white leather for the upper, the iconic circle design inspired by the Japanese national flag and a white/off-white sole.
As I said, 1,964 pairs are the allocated number for this reissue, with serial numbers printed on the sock lining. I suspect one they go they’ll not return for quite some time. So don’t miss out if you really want a pair. Originally offered for £120, the Onitsuka Tiger Nippon 60 trainers have been reduced to £84. Not exactly a giveaway price, but a lot less than they were last week.