The Nike Challenger is not the first running shoe Swoosh fans think of when they think of the brand. However, the Challenger was game-changing at the time, so much so that Nike has brought it back for 2020, now in a fiery “Habañero” color scheme.

Nike’s vintage catalogs have been popping up regularly in the SNKRS app over the past few weeks, acting as a not-so-subtle heads up about what the Swoosh has in store for the year. Most recently, the brand shared an inside look at an old-school Nike catalog from the 1980s, showing off a number of silhouettes for running, training, and basketball. Keen-eyed fans may have picked out the Challenger from this lineup, a retro running shoe shown in the first slide of Nike’s latest rewind. Now, just a few days later, the Challenger has resurfaced in an updated “OG” format, meaning the Swoosh is bringing back the vintage running sneaker for another round of releases. This week, the Challenger emerged in its most enticing colorway yet, painting the shoe’s sleek frame with eye-catching colors for Summer. The look begins with a University Gold base layer, before adding overlays to the toe, heel, and laces in Green Nebula. Finally, the Swooshes and heel counters come in Habañero Red to complete the look.


Nike’s Challenger OG sneaker quietly made its return overseas this week, launching from atmos’ website on the 12th, with a global release expected in the coming weeks. The Challenger, originally from the brand’s ’80s catalog, will be available in both sail and black colorways for approximately $90. Check out the official images below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more Nike release news.

Nike Challenger OG 
Release Date: Coming Soon
Price: $90
Colors: Sail & Black