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SNEAKERS

Exclusive: Onitsuka Tiger’s Nippon Made sneakers now at The EDGAR Store

Words by Rob Chilton

Premium craftsmanship and retro styles

Certain countries have reputations for exquisite craftsmanship, earned from generations of skilled artisans passing their knowledge down over centuries. Italy and Switzerland are undoubtedly fine examples of this tradition, but Japan also deserves a seat at the top table.

Retro touches on the Ultimate 81

Expert handiwork from this Far Eastern country can be seen in Nippon Made, the premium division of sneakers from Onitsuka Tiger. High-quality leather cut by hand, careful stitching and meticulous dyeing processes mean no two pairs of these elite level shoes are alike.

Colorado Eighty-Five in red

Now available exclusively online in the Middle East at edgar.ae, Nippon Made sneakers showcase not only traditional Japanese design but also modern customisation techniques by experts in Osaka. Three models – Ultimate 81, Limber and Colorado Eighty-Five – offer something for every sneakerhead, with more coming this autumn.

The Ultimate 81 is based on a running shoe first released by Onitsuka Tiger 40 years ago and has a heel protector, plus cushioning holes under the heel. A second model from the 1980s is the trail shoe-inspired Colorado Eighty-Five and its distinctive airhole cushioning found in the midsole.

Ultimate 81 is a reboot from the archives

From further back in the archive comes the Limber, which has a cushioned sockliner and a herringbone pattern on the rubber outsole that’s a nod to a shoe first released in 1961.

Limber shoe from Nippon Made

Buying manager at The EDGAR Store, Dominic Renowden says, “Retro – but with modern appeal – Nippon Made shoes come with vibrant colours that are so distinctive. This range shows off Japanese craftsmanship to a tee and are a real highlight of the Onitsuka Tiger brand.”

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