The 50 Greatest Tennis Sneakers of All Time

13. Nike Air Tech Challenge II 3/4

Year Released: 1990

Wimbledon doesn't do advertising in the stadium. Royals attend. Spectators eat strawberries and cream. It probably isn't ok to wear hot pink neoprene, acidwash and have crazy hairspray hair(pieces). But if you're really good at what you do, you can get away with a lot of things others can't. Andre Agassi could get away with this sort of thing. And on the block, where wearing hot pink probably wasn't really ok for guys in 1991, you had Nike incorporating fluo pink into a lot of its key models. Again, if you're really good at what you do, you can get away with a lot of things others can't. The Air Tech Challenge II saw Nike grow more confident in the Agassi design direction. Featuring full-length Air, visible this time in the heel, the shoe also flossed "hot lava" gradient overlays for added buckwhylin'. The tooling from the Air Tech Challenge II was de facto ahead of its time. It must have been, because Nike dragged it out again this year and popped the Kanye's on top. Or maybe that just makes the Kanye's late. Don't matter, because eager beavertons slept on sidewalks for the Tech Challenge redo and the Kanye too. Did I mention that if you're really good at what you do, you can get away with a lot of things others can't? Not sure if anyone noticed the white-royal blue-infrared colorway. Completely different "hot lava" print and was intended to be the McEnroe colorway of the Air Tech Challenge II 3/4 for Fall 1990.

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