Size and fit

The mid-top Nike Air Tech Challenge 2 sneakers are exclusively offered in men's sizing. This tennis-inspired kick has the conventional lacing securing system to allow its users to adjust the fit appropriately. It also uses the Nike Air technology on its midsole for superior cushioning. The brand also added several perforations to enhance the overall breathability.

Nike Air Tech Challenge 2 Style

The Nike Air Tech Challenge 2 is another sneaker that has made a great impact on modern sneaker culture. It has left an indelible mark to Nike's image and has given massive inspiration to the retro chunky sneaker trend.

This fresh-yet-familiar silhouette received praises as many considered it as one of Nike's aesthetically pleasing tennis footwear. Nike delivers the ATC2 in various colorways, such as black lava, hot lava, infrared, phot blue, clay blue, deep burgundy/black, black/black-obsidian, and turbo green.

There are countless ways to style NATC2. Jogger pants with oversized tees give a laidback vibe when matched with this tennis-inspired footwear. Also, a monochromatic tracksuit will provide a real sporty vibe.

Notable Features

The overall look of the Nike Air Tech Challenge 2 makes it another remarkable pair in the Nike Air lineup. This kick reflects the days when Andre Agassi revolutionized the aesthetics of tennis footwear. Beyond the on-court performance of this kick, it abolished the rigid dress code in tennis sport by infusing his kicks with notable, loud elements.

The leather upper is splashed with color-blocking details, which gave inspiration to the Nike Yeezy 2. Meanwhile, the midsole cushioning called Nike Air gave inspiration to other famous silhouettes - Jordan III and Jordan IV.

Nike Air Tech Challenge 2 History

Andre Agassi is considered one of the best tennis players in the world. He turned pro when he was 16 years old and was ranked 25th in the best players in the world at the age of 17. He inked his first contract with Nike in 1988 and constructed sneakers and clothing for him to endorse. 

Agassi is known to be a rebellious one, on and off the tennis court, and brought the radical fashion to the sport. Instead of the traditional tennis shorts, he was repeatedly seen wearing cutoff jeans with neon biker pants. He was also spotted wearing bold Nike sneakers like the Air Tech Challenge II in the hot lava/white/black colorway.

With the brilliance of Tinker Hatfield and the charisma and talent of Agassi, together, they reignited the tennis sport. They stimulated the rise of some of the most memorable tennis shoes of all time, like the Nike Air Tech Challenge II.

This mid-top sneaker was released in 1990 and featured durable materials and the construction that could withstand rigorous activities on-court. It displays two Nike Air cushioning system for a superb comfort and fluid ride. It also has the iconic bright-colored accents to represent Agassi's powerful backhand and emulate his speed.

Years passed, the Air Tech Challenge II was released in many colorways for both men and women. This shoe was retro-ed in 2008 but did not receive much popularity from the masses. In 2013, Agassi re-signed with Nike at the same time the Swoosh announced the return of this footwear in the market.

In January 2014, Nike remastered the 90s tennis court classic that is designed for the city streets. Air Tech Challenge 2 is regarded as one of the most famous tennis footwear ever launched. Its impact can still be felt until today as this silhouette creates massive demand with each colorway launched in the market.

Nice to know

  • It has TPU overlay on the ankle where the laces are looped to add reinforcement.
  • Several famous celebrities were seen sporting the Nike Air Tech Challenge 2 OG, one of them is the 41st President of the United States George W. Bush. 
  • Nike branding can be found on the tongue, outsole, insole, and heel.

Facts / Specs

Style: Sporty, Dad, Classic
Top: Mid
Inspired from: Tennis
Collection: Nike Air
Closure: Laces
Designed by: Tinker Hatfield
Material: Rubber Sole, Mesh, Leather / Fabric

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Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sports nut with a particular interest in football and running. He loves to watch sports as much as he loves to play. Danny was lead researcher on RunRepeat and The PFA’s report into Racial Bias in Football Commentary. His football and running research has been featured in The Guardian, BBC, New York Times and Washington Post.