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My 1st Onitsuka kicks

The first thing I got in Tokyo was a pair of Onitsuka Tiger shoes. Was walking at Tokyo Skytree Town when we found an Onitsuka Tiger outlet there. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a pair of sneakers from the label for some time. Though I fancied Reza’s high cut Mexico Mid Runner, I never gave Onitsuka Tiger shoes a serious thought until I met an exclusive Made in Nippon pair in metallic leather ribbons on the sides of the shoes.

His shoes.

He told me that since I plan to start running some time in the future, I should get myself a pair. Like, finally.

“Are you sure they’re for running?”

“Celebs in Hollywood pakai when they run kot!”

I learned that he gathered this piece of info from pictures he’d seen online.

My shoes.

Anyway, it was then now or never. Instead of the metallic Made in Nippon pair (which was well-made but bloody expensive anyway), I got the low cut Runspark LE in darker shades than his. It comes with a softer upper leather than the famous Mexico 66, but amazingly more comfortable and flexible.

“Don’t forget to bring your new Onitsuka Tiger to work!”, reminds a colleague who has been advocating running so that I’d become more… fit.

But I still don’t have proper gym clothes to this day.

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