The delegation shoes for the Rome Olympic Games
With the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games, Onitsuka started producing delegation shoes that the athletes wear in the Parade of Nations. For the 1960 Rome Olympic Games, it produced a line of shoes with a rising sun motif on the sides of the arch. The body color was divided into red for women and green for men.
GT Mountaineering Equipment is Released
MAGIC RUNNER Marathon Shoes are Released
With marathon shoes at the time, everyone got blisters - it was something athletes expected - and so Kihachiro Onitsuka embarked on a new challenge of creating shoes that would not cause blisters. Since blisters from marathons were caused by the heat generated from shock and friction between the foot and the ground, Onitsuka took inspiration from automobile water cooling systems, and organized a test run with water in the shoe sole. However, this was a failure as the shoes themselves became too heavy, and the feet got soaked and wrinkled. Next, he looked to air-cooled engines of motorbikes, and incorporated an air vent system to circulate air within the shoe. This was the MAGIC RUNNER. He opened holes in various parts of the shoe, making it possible to pump out heat when the athlete's foot hit the ground using the bellows principle, and succeeded in keeping blisters to a minimum. The sole was curved deeply at the arch to ensure air was smoothly pumped in and out. Kenji Kimihara was wearing MAGIC RUNNERs when he won the silver medal in the marathon at the Mexico City Olympic Games (1968).
HIMALAYAN TIGER VINYL SKI SHOES are Released
For the first time in ski shoes, it had plastic material on the upper which was superior to leather in function and durability.
"HIMARAYAN Lonfur boots for womens" of AFTER boots was Released.
Usui Textile Manufacturing Co., Ltd. is Established
"Light HIMARAYAN as HIMARAYAN mark updated light climbing Nylon boots" are Released
With expansion of the leisure boom, the light mountain climbing shoes were serialized. Increased support and enhanced fit could be achieved through the structure that a string does not touch the foot directly. The soles were also given a new design.
FIRST SOCCER SHOES are Released
Name Changes to GT Co., Ltd.
"PASSING of TIGER mark Soft tennis shoes are Released
The WINNING tennis shoes released in 1957 became the second generation WINNING of 1959. The shoe name changed to PASSING, and along with the name change came a new sole in 1963. The round black compound rubber(solid rubber) was simultaneously pressed for braking performance and abrasion-resistance. Accordingly the ball of the foot area and the heel were designed thicker than other areas in consideration of durability.
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GYMNASTICS SHOES FOR WOMENS are Released.
With the use of a Tetron jersey upper, the model realized dimensions of lightness and fit. Elsewhere, the collar area had an elastic band and the split leather outsole, seeking fit and fusing absorbency and high grip at an ever higher level.
FIXED-PIN TRACK AND FIELD SPIKE SHOES are Released
These track and field spikes, designed for use in the Tokyo Olympics, were worn by delegates in the games of 1964. As exchangeable pin systems had not been developed at the time, the fixed pin system was used for this shoe.
ROTATION 6 Volleyball Shoes are Released
Onitsuka started development of volleyball shoes based on the international six-a-side format in 1958. Since the six players rotated positions, the shoes were called ROTATION 6. These volleyball shoes were designed with a heel sponge to allow jump and cushion to reduce fatigue for a long-time play. At the same time, the company also developed shoes for the nine-a-side format.
GYMNASTICS SHOES Type B are Released.
This model uses a soft natural leather, as well as an elastic added to the inner and outer arch connecting the inner and outer. This made for improved fit and a design that was largely changed from the previous model. In addition, the Gymnastic shoes typeA was launched at the same time. This was a model in which the outsole was stitched together.
LEATHER WRESTING SHOES are Released
A natural leather upper was used for wrestling used for the first time, increasing fit and enhancing stability. The sole had a new embossing design for traction, and stitched around the sole edge to endure strenuous wrestling motion.
Brand Logos are Unified
Polar Shoes are Provided to the JARE
HIMALAYAN-LIGHT, HIMALAYAN PEAK, HIMALAYAN-A, and HIMALAYAN-SP are Released
The HIMALAYAN series' naming was unified. As such, all products come up as the HIMALAYAN series from mountain climbing shoes that were equipped with special metal fittings to light mountain climbing shoes.
WRESTLING SHOES NYLON-AA are Released
Wrestling shoes were revamped in 1965. Three different kinds of wrestling shoes, which were "Wrestling Nylon-AA", "Wrestling Leather-AA" and "Wrestling Nylon-A" were launched at the same time.These 3 shoes became the authorized shoes. A mark of "the Japan Amateur Wrestling Federation official recognition" came to be displayed on their uppers from 1967.
TIGER SKI BOOTS SP are Released
The high-quality synthetic leather PVC upper utilized the buckle (instead of shoe lacing), making putting on and taking off of shoes easier. Consequently, the problem of shoe fastening in cold could be improved. Simple and geometric design provided improved stability on the ski board.
BASKETBALL-DX basketball shoes are Released
This provided outstanding performance with an emphasis on breathability. The upper utilized a special double weave on the mesh material on the toe, while the ventilation holes of the outsole design provided improved breathability. It has been told that MAGIC VENTILATION SYSYTEM was completed at that time.
MARUP CLARINO marathon shoes are Released
RUNSPARK DS-SP Track and Field Spike Shoes are Released
RUNSPARK DS-SP made its appearance with the catchphrase "break the record" in 1966 as Japan's first track and field spikes with interchangeable pins. Track and field events took place on dirt tracks at the time, and since the track conditions changed according to the weather, athletes who previously used fixed-pin spikes had to file and sharpen their own pins. RUNSPARK DS-SP, were revolutionary in that they came with three different interchangeable pin lengths, which allowed adaptation to both long- and short-distance events. A polycarbonate fixture is featured on the nut to which the pins are attached.
SOCCER LEATHER A and SOCCER LEATHER AA are Released
Like the revision made in track and field spikes, Soccer Leather AA was also developed with interchangeable studs to match the ground. A resin (nylon) sheet is used on the sole to provide the two benefits of repellence and bounce prevention. Since adhesive agents used at the time still had a number of problems with strength, a sponge was inserted between the upper and the sole, and further reinforcement was provided for with nails around the sole edge. Soccer Leather A did not come with interchangeable studs, but was adapted for Japanese soccer grounds with a suitable rubber compound, and stitched around the sole edge to endure strenuous motions in soccer.
Usui Textile Manufacturing Co., Ltd. Completes Head Office
GOLF LEATHER-A Golf shoes are Released.
It featured the special sole which pressed with synthetic rubber at same time for slightly moderate elasticity and durability. A notable point of the function was water-resistance and shape retention.
MARUP NYLON marathon shoes are Released
The upper is a triple-layer material consisting of nylon twill, polyurethane foam, and nylon tricot. Though comprising three layers, since they were combined with a method that did not involve a gluing agent, the shoes retained breathability and a pleasant feel against the foot, making for a well-polished model.
GYMNASTICS SHOES LEATHER AA are Released
Excellent upper fit was addressed with a lightweight leather upper that provided enhanced flexibility while a semi-sponge sole improved durability and traction on the gym.
LIMBER LEATHER BK traning shoes are Released
The ASICS stripe was introduced with the LIMBER Leather BK at the 5th Asian Games held in Bangkok in December 1966. This became the international meeting first debut of the Mexican line (existing ASICS stripe). The ASICS stripe was introduced with the LIMBER Leather BK velour leather training shoes at the 5th Asian Games held in Bangkok in December 1966.
ROTATION DX volleyball shoes are Released
Volleyball, which was primarily an outdoor sport until this time, became an indoor sport, changed from nine-a-side to six-a-side teams, and underwent many changes in the contents of the contests including additional movements of sliding along the floor for the rotating receive. It became necessary to change the existing toe reinforcing material from rubber to back skin of natural leather.
Name Changes to GT Young Co., Ltd.
HIMALAYAN RINKAN L and S are Released
"Seal Leather & Velour (low)" of AFTER boots were Released
The upper utilizes a seal leather and a velour. Consequently, the shoe provides outstanding performance with emphasis on rich in heat retention.
American Sales Agent (later, Nike) Starts Selling ONITSUKA TIGER
HUBER PANTS Manufacturing Begins
Ni-Tai Exercise Co., Ltd. is Established
Tottori Onitsuka Co., Ltd. is Established
Name Changes to Jelenk Co., Ltd.
The name of Usui Textile Manufacturing Co., Ltd. was changed to Jelenk Co., Ltd., and the Takefu Factory was renamed the Fukui Factory. The company's capital was increased to \120,000,000. The Fukui Factory was expanded, and the latest equipment was installed after an internal reorganization. The following year, in 1971, the company purchased Jelico Co., Ltd. and entered the casual clothing market.
CORTEZ traning shoes are Released in the US.
The track shoes, the MARUP, the LIMBER UP, and the track and field spike shoes were sold in the US market at the time through Onitsuka's sales agent, BRS (Blue Ribbon Sports). However, the cushioning was unwelcome due to differences in platform design. Taking the advice of BRS consultant Bill Bowerman for a new structure development activities were conducted to increase cushioning, leading to the CORTEZ (later, the TIGER CORSAIR) released exclusively in the US market. Most training shoes in the past used a two-layer structure made up of an outsole sponge and heel wedge. But this was the first model to use a three-layer structure, composed of an outsole, heel wedge and midsole. As such, they were a notable point of the design.
RUNSPARK DS-SK track spikes are Released