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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)


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

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Nike Air Grandslam SI – Unreleased Sample

February 23rd, 2011 by | 7 comments

nike air grandslam si unreleased sample summary Nike Air Grandslam SI – Unreleased Sample

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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