RE-Fresh: Nike Air Tech Challenge II (1990)

By - November 24th, 2011

Besides enjoying a successful retro release in 2008 of the hot lava colorway, the Air Tech Challenge needs to be understood as a model that shattered many established traditions in the upper-crust demographic that tennis fans typically fell into. Tennis shoes, like the classic Rod Laver adidas model or K-Swiss sneakers, were known to have a gentlemanly approach, not demanding too much attention. The Air Tech Challege does anything but stay by the wayside with its bold Lava-colored swoosh and gradient designs at the mid and forefoot sections. The visible Air bubble was a part of a streamlined sole that has recently been seen on the ridiculously-hyped Air Yeezy 2. When shots first emerged of the Air Yeezy 2, most recognized that the striated forefoot of the Yeezy is exactly what appears on the Air Tech Challenge 2. The Air Yeezy 1 grafted its sole from the Air Jordan III, so the choice of the Tech Challenge 2 as a Yeezy inspiration puts our RE-Fresh model in great company.


Shame they messed up the shape of the toe box so badly on the retro, as it ended up looking like a bottle nosed dolphin. The OG was a great shoe! Total classic.