February 24th, 2013 by John Kim / 5
Sneaker News revisited five Nike Tennis classics during our special Classics Revisited week, and while we have plans to go back to that iconic category, we can’t help but show you one of the craziest unreleased samples we’ve ever seen. This particular silhouette is the Nike Air Challenge LWP from the Agassi line, which featured the new LWP cushioning system (that would later be named ‘Zoom’). This sample clearly shows a different midsole with a Max Air unit on the heel, giving this classic a different spin (on the OG Black/Teal colorway). Check out this rare look of the Air Challenge LWP in Air Max form and see the entire listing from identitiesrevealed on eBay.
LWP was not a cushioning system - you're thinking of "Tensile Air", which just a couple years later was renamed "Zoom Air". Of the three LWP models, only the basketball version received that cushioning, and only in the forefoot. These Air Challenge LWPs, in production form, simply had the normal heel and forefoot Air units. The model pictured here was not available in retail stores, but was a clay court version of the shoe that I believe Nike made available to the pros. Besides being visible, the air sole here would be different than production in that it was encapsulated by the foam. The production version just glued in the unit without building the foam through it. This also made it squeak quite a bit as it aged. Nonetheless, certainly just about the most comfortable Agassi shoe ever made.
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@tim_mccleskey Well stated. I agree about it being one of the most comfortable agassi's. It felt like a slipper and it was by far the lightest pair. Almost too light since the outsole would only last about 3 weeks on hard surfaces. Fortunately, they were readily available and usually on sale, so I had a bunch of colorways. LWP = Light Weight Performance