Surprised? Nike Sportswear plans on bringing back one of Andre Agassi’s best retro releases once again in 2016 in the Nike Air Tech Challenge II “Hot Lava” to help celebrate the silhouette’s 25th anniversary. The Air Tech Challenge II was a featured Nike Sportswear retro as recently as January of 2014, but with the quarter-century celebration comes another reason to celebrate one of the most unusual and iconic tennis signature lines in the history of sneakers. The Hot Lava colorway is perhaps the most well-known of Agassi’s retro line and will arrive at retailers as soon as January 25th, 2016. No word yet on pricing information or if the ATCII will keep the $120 price point intact, but check out more official photos below.
After the Nike Air Tech Challenge III was reintroduced last year, things seemed to call off a bit for the Tech Challenge II, production-wise. Now the most iconic of Andre Agassi’s signature models is back to grab more attention in 2016, as you can see by these two thoroughly unique renditions of the shoe. Certainly like you’ve never seen it before, the ATCII receives a square-perforated leather upper with suede paneling in gradient shades of blue or orange. If you like the new-look Tech Challenges, be on watch fro them to arrive at select Nike Sportswear retailers soon.
So they’re apparently not part of the popular “Grand Slam” series of the Air Tech Challenge II we’ve been seeing release throughout the last couple of years, but with their visible high quality and unique colorway, don’t they look like they could be? We’re talking about this new pinstriped edition of the classic Agassi sneaker, which comes sporting a clean white leather upper with blue leather detailing at the heel and pinstriped canvas across the tongue and heel tab. Adding a pop of early ’90s (and Agasssi) flair, Bright Crimson is found on the tongue tag and the “R” of AIR on the heel. Oh yeah, there’s also a matching pinstriped Tennis Classic if you’re really feeling the colorway. Now that you’ve gotten your best look yet at the intriguing new ATC II, you’ll probably be happy to know that they’re arriving at select European retailers now—which means a stateside release won’t be far behind.