Size and fit

This iconic kick, with its tennis-shoe inspired silhouette, promises to provide adequate support. The Nike Tennis Classic is released for both genders. Likewise, it comes with a traditional lacing system that provides a customizable fit.

Nike Tennis Classic Style

Just like the simple black dress which you can’t go without, this versatile shoe, having a look that never runs out of style, is considered by many as a wardrobe essential.

Released mostly with a white upper, the shoe’s distinguishing mark is its “Swoosh” logo and its heel tab which came in various colors including white, black and total crimson. Regardless of color scheme, this lifestyle shoe proved to be attractive up close and from a distance.

With the sneaker’s stunning aesthetics, looking stylish can now be achieved without much fuss.

Pair your everyday wardrobe including jeans, sweatpants, skirts and shorts, with this classic and kick your outfit up a notch effortlessly.

To top it off, this round toe boxed tennis shoe was built with a soft leather upper and flexible rubber sole. Ensuring all day comfort, this sneaker can be worn 8-12 hours a day without any problems.

Notable Features

Apart from this retro-inspired tennis sneaker’s appealing soft leather upper, this shoe can also be easily distinguished for its durable rubber cupsole. It features the familiar herringbone pattern that provides better multidirectional traction. The outsole is also popular for its deep flex grooves which give the shoe an old school vibe as well as enhanced support and flexibility.

Nike Tennis Classic History

In the year 1981, legendary tennis player John McEnroe wore Nike shoes during the Wimbledon Championship and won. This skilled athlete and Hall of Famer, also famous for his confrontational on-court behavior, greatly helped turn this simple tennis sneaker to a fashion icon as the shoe, which was initially called the Nike Wimbledon GTS, was released publicly in 1982.

Despite its success, production of the shoe was discontinued in 1996. Nike, however, decided to bring back this classic in the year 2002. This move proved to be favorable as the demand for the kicks continues to rise. Currently known as the Tennis Classic, this low profile sneaker maintains its sleek and attractive original silhouette.

The brand, over the years, shows no sign of abating as it relentlessly reinvents and upgrades this classic. Various versions, styles and colorways have been launched and each one was well-received by both the affluent and the masses. Among the crowd favorites are the Nike Tennis Classic Ultra and Premium as well as the Zoom Tennis Classic Fragment.

Additional Info

  • For added comfort, the shoe’s interior is lined with breathable textile.
  • The Tennis Classic also features the famed “Swoosh” logo on the shoe’s lateral and medial side.
  • The insoles of the sneaker are removable.
  • Another distinguishable feature of the shoe is the Nike callout with a glossy finish found on the heel tab.


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