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Whoever's colouring up Nike Air Tech Challenge IIs this year deserves a promotion or tie and blazer badge set at whatever the next Nike recognition of colourway excellence awards ceremony. We love this shoe. Sure, that shape isn't what it was, but it's not a car crash like some other Agassi reissues are and it seems to be given the respect it ...

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 23 July 2014

adidas Originals improved on a shoe when they created the adidas Tech Super 2.0 a couple of years ago. The whole adidas Tech line runs through their archives during the late 1980s and early 1990s. A shoe might get a Tech makeover...

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 22 July 2014

The Air Max 2014 isn't a winter shoe. Nope, this is a shoe that looks more appealing when our heads have taken the full extent of the sun's rays and those summer anthems with their dopey choruses end up sounding downright lyrical. Blacking out this year's Air Max offering does it a disservice...

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 21 July 2014

We're late to the party againand these Wimbledon-themed shoes are with us later because of Footpatrol getting the jump when it came to this project. That doesn't stop these being a decent shoe and salutes to the FP squad for having the balls to go way beyond the classic Stefan Edberg colourway (we would have been in thrall to the OG colour blocking). When we saw the line art for this collaboration we thought it was a letdown — every nuance seemed to have been scrapped in favor of a cream and fruit concept. In the flesh though, this design is very effective and with the impending reissue of the 1986 makeup, that decision to avoid the blueprint paid off. We're just bringing salt to the strawberries because we're jealous that we never got to rework an Edberg.Back in the day, we were obsessed with adidas tennis shoes from 1985-1993: Lendl Champ, Lendl Champ II, Stefan Edberg, the stripe-free Lendl Favorite, Edberg Champs, Torsion Stefan Edberg, the recently reissued Tennis Court Top (we wish the Tennis High Top dropped too) from around 1987…it's an almost endless rollout of excellent designs. But when the Lendl Competition Originals reissue from 2003 was released (an excellent retro) seemed to sit a little, we figured that there was no market for this entire category as reissues unless it came from the graduating court class of the 1960s and 1970s. The summer of tennis shoes means that this model is back with Stefan's name attached too, rather than having to opt for a confusing rebranding that also scraps some of the superb visual identity the flagship adidas racket sport athletes of the time carried into every product.We're not sure that Ivan is still on the books, but this guy's still down and this version seems more fun than the serious, almost Attitude-esque looks of the original shoe. Red suede, that white eyelet and the use of green drives home the concept and while we couldn't fathom why that sole hadn't been put to work on first...

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 18 July 2014
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