Model: Air Tech Challenge 2 “Hot Lava” and LeBron 16 “White/Hot Lava” and “Black/Hot Lava”
Key Features: The Air Tech Challenge 2 is a mid-top tennis shoe with a visible Air unit in the heel and a white leather upper with black, gray, and “hot lava” overlays. The LeBron 16 arrives in two Air Tech Challenge 2-inspired colorways. One is predominantly black with hot lava detailing, while the other is white with the same hot lava details.
Release Date: May 24 in Europe, May 28 in the US
Price: $130 (Air Tech Challenge 2) and $200 (LeBron 16)
Editor’s Notes: Nike’s basketball and tennis divisions have teamed up for a crossover that sees two signature shoes, a tennis classic and a modern basketball shoe, come together. Andre Agassi’s Nike Air Tech Challenge 2 comes back in its original “Hot Lava” colorway, while LeBron James’ signature LeBron 16 gets two “Hot Lava” updates in white and black. Both LeBron 16s dropped on May 24, as did the Air Tech Challenge 2 in Europe. The United States gets the Air Tech Challenge 2 on May 28.
The OG Air Tech Challenge series debuted in 1990 and, thanks to Agassi’s eye-catching on-court style, evolved into a bona fide lifestyle classic. The Air Tech Challenge 2 silhouette was relaunched in 2014, albeit fairly unsuccessfully. But with retro performance sneakers enjoying a revival, it’s back again.
Fun fact: Kanye West’s Nike Air Yeezy 2 used the same sole unit as the Air Tech Challenge 2, which is why the silhouette might look familiar to some.
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