Tennis shoes have always had the best looking sneakers around. So it makes perfect sense that the legendary tennis designs would appeal to a new generation of athletes, even if they didn't play on a court.
When rider Gino Iannucci approached Nike to convert the 1984 Nike Challenge Court tennis sneaker into a legit pair of skateboarding kicks for himself, the Swoosh obliged. Aside from a few colorway tweaks (like changing the original red, white, and blue color to either white and green or all black), the shoes are nearly identical to the classics made famous by the Superbrat himself, John McEnroe, in the ’80s.
Ianniccui’s SB Challenge Courts feature a lightweight Lunarlon midsole and sockliner for all-around support and cushioning on unpredictable city streets. The shoes will hit skate shops on appropriately amid the US Open on August 23rd at $80.
For more tennis-to-ramp fusion, check out the debut video for the Challenge Court featuring Iannucci and McEnroe below: