Dropping tomorrow April 4th 2014 at 09:00 GMT, the Nike Air Tech Challenge II in Clay Blue sees the classic tennis trainer given another lease of life after the success of the Hot Lava reissue earlier this year. Andre Agassi’s signature tennis shoe has a lot of renewed interest in it of late, especially after a certain Kanye West utilised its sole unit for his Nike Yeezy shoe. Like Agassi, the Air Tech Challenge II is more than what meets the eye. Its synthetic leather upper stood up to rigorous back-and-forth motion, while also remaining lighter than most low-top tennis shoes of that time. An external molded heel counter improved the fit and provided added comfort during long matches. As seen on the first Air Tech Challenge, a visible and flexible two-piece Nike Air cushioning system ensured a fluid ride.
Galvanized by Agassi’s forthright aesthetic and style of play, the Nike Air Tech Challenge II’s bold colors sent shockwaves through a world dominated by nondescript low-tops. “Andre didn’t range around the court as much as a lot of other players, he would stand on the baseline and smash the ball.” – Tinker Hatfield. The paint spatter accents were emblematic of Agassi’s powerful backhand and contributed an element of speed to the sneakers; something Agassi took great pride in. When asked about the unique look of the shoe Agassi stated: “Look at them. They look like they’re going 80 miles per hour, and they’re just standing still”. The groundbreaking design of the Air Tech Challenge II, paired with electric new colors, signaled the changing face and attitude of tennis.
Nike Air Tech Challenge II
White/Orange Burst-Clay Blue-Flat Silver