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

January 22nd, 2014 by | 15 comments

nike air tech challenge ii cultural history Irreverence Justified: The Cultural History of the Nike Air Tech Challenge II

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.

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Nike Air Tech Challenge II “Wimbledon”

June 24th, 2013 by | 9 comments

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Let’s be honest - Andre Agassi’s return to Nike was intriguing mostly because of the potential of Retro releases, right? We didn’t have to wait long as we get a first look at the next wave of Agassi kicks in this White/Court Green colorway of the awesome Nike Air Tech Challenge II. This new colorway matches an all-white upper with grey splatter print on the heels and a bright Court Green lining the interior and sitting on the base of the shoe, wrapping up a dope package to pay tribute to Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament ever. More shots below so take a look and get them now at UK retailer Pro Direct Select and we’ll let you know when these start to hit other shelves.

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Nike Air Tech Challenge III – Andre Agassi French Open Clay Court PE

May 31st, 2013 by | 2 comments

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The recent news of Andre Agassi’s return to the Nike fold no doubt had a good number of folks dusting off their old Tech Challenge stuff in celebration. Going way back into the vault, legendary collector Retro Kid came up with this-an original pair of the Nike Air Tech Challenge III made exclusively for Andre Agassi to wear for French Open play. The PE pair, an autographed and game worn one, featured a different tooling on the bottom to better attack the clay texture of the famed Roland Garros court. Get a better look at this incredible piece of Nike Tennis history below and let us know what your favorite Agassi pair is in the comments.

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Andre Agassi Rejoins Nike

May 13th, 2013 by | 12 comments

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It looks like Nike has officially re-joined with one of their most celebrated athletes of old in Andre Agassi. The partnership between them and the wild-haired tennis star will focus on “a shared passion for tennis, along with a commitment to help kids become more active and realize their full potential through sports.” And while that initial bit of info seems to exclude a revival of the classic Andre Agassi branded Nike footwear, we can certainly dream that Nike has something in the works. Tell us in the comments which sneaker you’d most like to see make a comeback and stay tuned for more news on the renewed Andre Agassi/Nike partnership.

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Classics Revisited: Nike Air Tech Challenge III (1990)

October 22nd, 2012 by | 2 comments

nike air tech challenge iii 1990 Classics Revisited: Nike Air Tech Challenge III (1990)

NIKE TENNIS WEEK

Tennis shoes have been the same boring white leather-based designs – it’s not wonder that sneakers in general are referred to as “tennis shoes”. To up-end the conventions of bland tennis shoes, Nike flipped on a switch with tennis fashion and created the most out-of-the-box line of tennis sport footwear in history, rebelling against convention of decades-long design. Of course, the right athlete was needed to fit the fresh bill, and Andre Agassi with his cut-off shorts, long and curly locks, and colorful headbands was the perfect man to introduce the Air Tech Challenge series and the wild colors and logos.

In 1990, Nike unveiled this outstanding White/Black-Hot Lime-Neon Teal colorway of Air Tech Challenge for Andre Agassi, spawning the Challenge Court line of matching athletic apparel that signified Agassi’s specific style as more than just shoes and basic apparel, but a complete package of distinct fashion sense. In fact, Agassi himself took his own style seriously and chose to sit out Wimbledon in 1990 as the tournament enforced a strict all-white dress code. The Air Tech Challenge III was among several models that gave away to a slew of other unique Tennis designs built around Nike’s innovations, like the Huarache and neoprene bootie construction. Kick off Classics Revisited: Nike Tennis week with arguably the most significant Nike Tennis signature shoe of all-time!

Nike Air Tech Challenge III
White/Black-Hot Lime-Neon Teal
1990

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Nike Air Tech Challenge IV – OG Pair on eBay

December 10th, 2011 by | 8 comments

nike air tech challenge iv 0 Nike Air Tech Challenge IV   OG Pair on eBay

To match to colorful and eccentic nature of tennis star Andre Agassi, Nike Training hooked him up with one of the most revered signature lines in its footwear history. The Nike Air Tech Challenge 3/4 line features some of the most insane color designs of all-time, but it also featured some key design points to fit Agassi’s on-court game, like the Durathane forefoot that lasted longer than conventional soles, and a Dynamic Fit inner sleeve for fitted comfort. This particular model is commonly referred to as the Air Tech Challenge IV (long after Nike started to give numeric designations to its sneakers), but if you consider yourself a Nike Trainer aficionado, you’ll be no problem telling one and the other part. What makes the ATC IV such a standout is its explosion of color on the heel as well as airbrushed gradient on the midsole, but peep the upper and you’ll absolutely no sign of a ‘swoosh’ logo (replaced by a rare ‘NIKE’ label instead). This colorway here is of course of the original three that dropped back in the day (the Black/Purple and the Black/White/Teal being the other two joints), so act fast because these bad boys might disappear sooner than you think, since they never did re-release. We’ve got a detailed gallery for you below, so take a good look and visit the auction from identitiesrevealed on eBay.

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Nike Air Grandslam SI – Unreleased Sample

February 23rd, 2011 by | 7 comments

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It’s really weird to see the ‘vintage’ Andre Agassi rocking adidas gear and sneakers in 2K Sports’ upcoming Top Spin 4.  We’ll stop short of labeling this some kind of Orwellian newspeak but sudder to think young Xboxers might see these images and think the mulletted one repped Three Stripes his entire career.  Sneakerheads know better, and we remember a time in the early ’90s when Andre’s wild persona and on-court appearance were a 1:1 match with Nike’s rebellious rise.  Here’s our first look at a new model based on his original signature, the Nike Air Grandslam SI.  These joints are modeled after the original Air Tech Challenge, but feature a lowtop silhouette with a lifestyle’d sole that’s somewhere between the ATC and something slimmer like the Dunk.  Click through to get a better look at this unreleased sample, let us know if you’d grab these were they to hit retail and if you wanna grab a US mens size 9 sample, look no further than dballaholic on eBay.

Color: White/Black-Mega Blue-Solar Red

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