Nike Air Tech Challenge II 'Suede Pack': amplifying Agassi's sole

Since Nike and Andre Agassi made friends again, we've seen his line kick back into motion. Does that mean we'll see a reissue of the Nike Air Challenge LWP? We hope so, but at the moment, all eyes seem to be on 1990's Air Tech Challenge II (in our opinion, the best of the Agassi line). It's not a 1:1 reissue by any means, with that puffier shape, but compared to the Tech Challenge III and Huarache Challenge reissues, it looks like it was made by a master forger in a Swiss village over several years. Nike have played it safe with the retros too — after the last ATC II reissue hit the sale racks a couple of years ago, last year's the Wimbledon edition made an unexpected appearance via one UK stockist, followed by some blink-and-you-missed-it US and Australia tournament creations. Then the Hot Lava reappeared as a Quickstrike and now we can expect a slew of colourways. One of the greatest shoes to wear with shorts (and they don't have to be acid wash with cycling shorts underneath them) is full of untapped potential, but the inevitable rollout is destined to damage our memories of this pivotal Tinker Hatfield creation, but on the strength of these sand and blue makeups, that slow death will at least kick off with some dignity. The Jordan IV of the tennis courts is still a great looking design. These arrive in April (pirate earring, pushy dad and hairpiece sold separately).

Posted by, Gary Warnett on 31 March 2014