Irreverence Justified: The Cultural History of the Nike Air Tech Challenge II

January 22nd, 2014 by / 15

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The BBC described Andre Agassi as “perhaps the biggest worldwide star in [tennis] history,” upon his retirement in 2006. That trusted British media outlet could have removed the ‘perhaps’ and it would have ruffled fewer feathers than Agassi’s rebellious image did, flying in the face of tennis traditions. Andre’s impact extends beyond the game whose once rigid dress code he all but destroyed, into one of the defining looks of that golden age of the late ’80s/early ’90s.

Agassi’s 1989 Nike Air Tech Challenge II is the quintessential tennis shoe from this period. It refined a technical approach introduced on the Air Trainer 1 he’d worn in ’87 and introduced the first in a series of memorable prints and colors with the ‘Hot Lava’ colorway that is about to retro for just the second time this weekend. Let’s travel back now to where it all started, so we understand the full context that makes this man and this particular one of his signature shoes so important.

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14 comments
2cstrong
2cstrong

thanks, pls drop the t-shirts !!! immaculate

Wyatt100
Wyatt100

stop hyping this shoe so much. been waiting for it since the post on it originally came up like spring 2013. its stupid to compare it with the yeezy. it has the same soles so what. most of the air maxes all have the same soles. if my size online sells out I am going to be really angry. Doesn't this website have fuzzy pictures of some 2015 hyped December Jordan release to post.

PuertoRocMatt
PuertoRocMatt

all i'm asking for is nike to retro those denim shorts with them my g YEAH

asnigro
asnigro

Had a pair in the 5th grade and had to get a pair of the 2008 retros.  Probably passing on this edition of retro's but am constaly searching for an OG pair in good condition in original box.

mrELsenor
mrELsenor

this post is hyping the shoe up too much...stop!

MrBAZ8701
MrBAZ8701

i noticed the replica yeezy2 on sight on pic 7 . because the real yeezy2 scales are more flat theres almost no texture on the real ones they're just cut into the leather.. SN slippin of posting that 

MrBAZ8701
MrBAZ8701

and kill the hype please .. 

amigobee
amigobee

Yeezy 2 pic on page 7 is of some super perfect fakes......

amigobee
amigobee

@BackseatJuice Yes authentic do fade, but they fade a lot less uniform. This looks like someone took sandpaper to the side of these. Also scales are not skived. 

NewbombedTurk
NewbombedTurk

I got these in 6th grade, because my mom wouldn't let me get the Jordan IVs. These were the closest thing I could get to them IVs, because she was scared I was going to get jacked for my J's.


I loved these shoes, I can't wait to get another pair 23 years later

trianglechokevt
trianglechokevt

You would swear that these were the 2014 Jordan 11 the way sneakernews has been hyping this shoe.

Enrik
Enrik

just cause of Page 7, these will be hard to get

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