Originally released in 1981, the Ultimate 81 shoes are inspired by ‘80s running shoes. The Ultimate Trainer version belongs to our "Nippon Made" collection. Since starting in 2008, "Nippon Made" conveys Japan's craftsmanship of making things. Building one of these shoes is a labor-intensive process: from the stitching to the dyeing, every step is done by a skilled hand. The materials used and the attention to detail portray the height of Japan's artisanal quality.