I am the sport footwear senior designer / product manager for Dunlop/Slazenger footwear in Australia.
We have just redeveloped the KT26 training shoe from the late 1970s. In Australia it what released by Dunlop, initially as the Dunlop OSAGA KT26, then simply known as the DUNLOP KT26.
It's been on sale since 1978 & sold more than 6 million pairs to date.
About 2 years ago I noticed that the retail days were numbered for this iconic running shoe unless it was re-tuned to again be the best value & super comfortable sport sneaker.
So after a crazy year of researching, prototyping, extensive testing (I was running most work days testing designs)& development, the new KT26 range hits Australian stores from July 2012!!!!!
The new design keeps the DNA but uses clever modern construction/materials & a new take on the cantilever technology. So much so, I have been in consultation with the original designer (Jerry) & Director (Jim) of Dunlop footwear (70s-90s) to make sure it stayed as true to the original late 70's design as possible.
I've posted photos of the new range on FLICKR:
There is also a FACEBOOK group called: Dunlop KT26 Appreciation Society
I welcome your feedback or any OSAGA / KT26 history you are able to share.