Nike’s Match Classic is one of those great, underrated models from it’s tennis category that often gets overlooked by it’s siblngs. Much more subtle in it’s aesthetic than past signature tennis lines such as the Agassi Tech Challenge series, McEnroe’s Challenge Court or even the more recent Vapor series by Roger Federer, the Match Classic makes the seamless transition between court and street with ease. It’s design takes a few different elements from key shoes in Nike’s Tennis history. The mini-swoosh was originally used within tennis on the GTS series (which recently made the transition into Nike SB after an introductory collaboration with Supreme last year) which was available in suede, leather and canvas versions.
The core low profile shape is similar in form to the slimline Tennis Classic, and the toebox and eyestay even seems to resemble the same panel used on the Bruin, Nike’s first basketball shoe.
These two latest interpretations of the Match Classic encompass a real premium feel throughout, with buttery monochrome leathers used on both colourways and a slightly harder tan leather placed on the heel. That tan panel is also decorated with brogue-esque detailing to complement the crimped edge of the eyestay. The signature embroidered swoosh is placed where it belongs on the midfoot, in contrasting tones to the upper.
Both colourways of the Match Classic are available online and in selected size? stores now.