Less than a year after making its return to market, the Nike Attack is getting the most interesting colorway yet for its second life.
Official images have revealed John McEnroe’s signature sneaker, formerly known as the Mac Attack, taking clear inspiration from Wimbledon. Purple and green, the official colors of the tournament, decorate the Attack atop a white leather and mesh base.
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Setting this pair apart even further from its predecessors is its use of suede, as the material appears in purple for the Swoosh and green on the collar and heel counter. Green stitching also stands out on the white midsole and above the matching outsole. The signature checkerboard tongue tag also makes use of the colors of the Grand Slam tournament, while a white insole features green branding.
McEnroe wore the Mac Attack while playing at Wimbledon in 1985 after the sneaker launched in the previous year, however, he was knocked out in the quarterfinals after having won the Championship in the two consecutive years prior. Three of his four singles Grand Slam wins came at Wimbledon, with the other four all coming at the U.S. Open.
Following its original run in the mid-’80s, Nike left the Attack in its archives until last year. The sneaker may not appear all that wild in today’s context, but it was a radical departure from other tennis shoes of the era and befitting of McEnroe’s reputation as tennis’ bad boy. Where other tennis shoes appeared stuck with all-white makeups, the Mac Attack introduced color for the “Rebel With a Cause,” as the campaign dubbed McEnroe.
The Nike Attack “Wimbledon” doesn’t yet have a firm release date but is expected to release in May, well ahead of the 2024 Wimbledon Championship beginning in July. Pricing will be set at $130. This post will be updated as more information becomes available.
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