Although John McEnroe was Nike’s original bad boy of tennis, no American player was more responsible for making the game and tennis sneakers popular as Andre Agassi. Recently inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame, Agassi changed both tennis sneakers and apparel with his vibrant colors and flair for fashion.
Nike Air Tech Challenge uploaded by WSUP
The lucky recipient of his own signature line, the Challenge series, Agassi was similar to Michael Jordan in that his kicks also were released with a variety of matching apparel. Something that wasn’t as common back in the day as it is nowadays.
Nike Air Tech Challenge II uploaded by Josh Cole aka wideangle
Nike Air Tech Challenge IV uploaded by Josh Cole aka wideangle
Agassi’s reign in tennis and footwear came during a time period that cross-training was becoming the norm. Not only were his sneakers often available in mid and 3/4 cuts, he also wore many other cross trainers in his career as well. It was no surprise to see the star rock other sneakers like Air Trainer 1’s or Nike Huaraches.
Nike Air Trainer 1 uploaded by Damz
Happy birthday to a tennis and sneaker icon, Andre Agassi. An eight-time Grand Slam champion, Olympic gold medalist and holder of the career Grand Slam, Agassi will always remembered for the flair that he brought on and off the court and especially to the world of sneakers.
What Agassi sneaker is your favorite?