When it comes to shoe design I’d have to say that one of my absolute favourites has to be Japanese shoe company Onitsuka Tiger.
These awesome shoes have been around for many years and have become an icon in the Japanese shoe design industry.
While they have been around for an age overseas, SA is only now identifying with this brand and accepting its overwhelming brilliance.
Some of you may remember the bright yellow sneakers that Uma wore in Kill Bill which come from Onitsuka Tigers range called Mexico 66…which is instantly recognisable by its side stitched panels.
Onituska Tiger has been around since the 1940’s where it first appeared after the Second World War, when a military officer decided to start a company that would boost the morale of the Japanese youth through sport.
The very first shoe designed was supposed to be for the basketball court, however the design was seen as a flop by many and it never took off, it was only in 1952 that the shoe was redeveloped and became widely used throughout Japan.
In the years after this Onitsuka Tiger worked on developing highly comfortable and effective athletic shoes for all sectors of sport, from running to martial arts.
It was only in 1977 that Onituska merged their considerable power with 2 other companies, those being GTO and Jelenk.
From then onwards this triumvirate of power went by the name Asics, which is an acronym for “Anima Sana in Corpore Sano”….which means A sound mind in a sound body.
Even though Onitsuka Tiger has become Asics, the company still holds true to its original credo of quality and produces a vintage line of shoes (such as the Mexico 66) which are sold worldwide and have become something of a “trendy” choice in footwear.
It’s cool that accompany that has become as huge as Asics still produces a product that is timeless and holds true to its original Onitsuka Tiger heritage.
You can find Onitsuka tiger shoes pretty much in any major shopping centre, just recently I spotted a wide range at YDE, but you can also check out sports shops, who usually have a style or two.
Onitsuka Tigers are definitely my favourite Japanese shoe…no contest.
All I can say is that I’m glad he isn’t up a ladder today….in fact I don’t think I’d let him up a ladder today even if he had to.
Seriously, all we need right now is for Dave to pull a “Superman” and get blasted down the road and end up head first in somebody’s pasta at Primi.
Luckily Dave has sharp reflexes because painting in the wind requires nimble cat like skills and the ability to paint with only one eye open.
However Dave being a true trooper is still battling the elements to hopefully complete the first design by the end of the day….fingers crossed.
I can’t wait for the next design to be started….we are still deciding on what piece to use, but I’m all for the awesome Bamboozled design by Darko….or perhaps Blast Off ROAR from Quack.
There are so many awesome designs to choose from that we just don’t know where to start *ponder ponder*.
What do u guys think….what design would you like to see on the outside wall of the Springleap Factory Store??
Also don’t forget to spare a thought for Dave as he’s out there in the wind trying to bring happiness to the Sea Point area….he’s gonna need all the help he can get let me tell you.