For summer this year, Onitsuka Tiger has introduced three additional colourways for the Mexico 66 in the Metallic Pack collection. Long an icon within Onitsuka Tiger’s line-up, the Mexico 66 was originally conceived as performance sports shoes for the Japanese Olympics team, and first introduced in 1966 during the pre-Olympics trials for the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.
In the Meixco 66, Japanese shoe pioneer Kihachiro Onitsuka combined design characteristics of 1961’s “Limber Up” training shoe with the “Limber”, a later model that was one of the first to sport the brand’s signature Tiger Stripes. The result was the perfect blend of style and function, and although sports shoes have advanced in the decades since the Mexico 66’s debut, the Mexico 66’s sleek silhouette and comfortable ride has remained timeless, and allowed it to transition to become a perennially popular fashion sneaker around the world.
As a testament to the Mexico 66’s enduring popularity, Onitsuka Tiger has long had a core collection of evergreen colourways, as well as new ones that are introduced regularly. The Metallic Pack collection is part of the latter. Its three new colourways are a subtle nod to the original’s Olympics aspirations, and come emblazoned with metallic gold, silver, and bronze stripes respectively; red, blue, and yellow serve as the corresponding colours to complement the stripes’ hues. References to medals aside, the metallic stripes also serve as a visual anchor against the matte textures on the rest of the shoe while reinforcing the Onitsuka Tiger’s iconic Tiger Stripes motif.
The Metallic Pack collection is already available online at Onitsuka Tiger’s web store at S$199 each in both men’s and women’s sizes. Onitsuka Tiger is offering complimentary local delivery until 30 June, and first-time shoppers on the site will enjoy 10 per cent off their purchase, so get on it!