This Blue/Red/White colour way is based on the original OSAGA KT26 shoe from the mid to late 70s.
This shoe was developed in Eugene, Oregon in direct competition against NIKE. The OSAGA company started up 3 months after Blue Ribbon Sports (NIKE).
Apparently OSAGA & NIKE used to fly helicopters over each others offices in an attempt to annoy each other + took turns at sponsoring the Hayward track & field clock. OSAGA got into financial difficulty & closed it’s doors by the start of the 80s.
The guy who developed the KT26 then went on to AVIA shoes (AVIA became the 4th largest sport footwear company during this time + that’s why early AVIA shoes have the cantilever technology which is derived from the KT26 design) which he then sold on to REEBOK by the late 80s for a tidy sum.
I’ve posted more images of the Blue/White/Red concept. At this stage the KT26 OSAGA is a concept design looking for a suitable retailer.
www flickr com/photos/kt26/sets/72157630290268202/