Today, Mexico celebrates their Independence Day that dates back to 1810. Like we have for other countries like Brazil, France and the United States, today we take a look at some of the best Mexico inspired sneakers on the Sneakerpedia wiki.
Although we are still hoping that someone can add the Nike Dunk Low that P-Rod wore to to help establish himself in skateboarding, there are still a lot of great sneakers that have been created with Mexican inspiration.
For many sneakerholics, the Nike Dunk and Air Force 1 are probably the first that come to mind because in recent years they’ve created special makeups for Cinco De Mayo, Dia De Los Muertos. In the world of sneakers however, Mexico was first put on the map back in the late 1960’s during the Olympics. Asics (Onitsuka Tiger) outfitted the Japanese Olympic Team in 1968 during the games held in Mexico. Not only was it the first time the now famous “Tiger stripes” were placed on a sneaker; it has become a staple in the sneaker culture thanks to many years of retros. Above is a nice collection of the Mexico 66, uploaded by user, korn.
PUMA has also created a number of styles with Mexico in mind. Many football boots have carried the Mexico name, and PUMA has used the name on many variations of the Clyde, including a pair that was inspired by the same Olympic games in 1968. Tommie Smith won gold in and raised his fist on the podium in what has become an iconic image from the civil rights movement of that era. The Tommie Smith PUMA Clyde celebrated the 40th anniversary of those events that took place in Mexico City in 1968. PUMA has also paid tribute to those games with various versions of the Suede and R698 Runner over the years.
Some other famous Mexico inspired sneaker designs have used the Mexican Blanket for colorway inspiration. Vans, Nike, and others have used the colorful finish on silhouettes ranging from the Toki to the Sk8-Hi. Many of those designs still need to be added to the wiki, so if they’re a part of your collection, be sure to let us know in the comment section or on Twitter so we can share it with other sneakerholics.
As our Mexican #sneakerholics celebrate their Independence Day today, check out some of the Mexico inspired kicks below and even more on the Sneakerpedia wiki.