The Nike Challenger is not the first running shoe Swoosh fans think of when they think of the 1980s. However, the Challenger was game-changing at the time, so much so that Nike has brought it back in all of its original glory for 2020.

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, and one that has been slowly rolling out to retailers all month. Already available in some countries overseas, this week we have another early look at colorways set to drop this year. The first pits the Challenger in a simple white and UNC blue color scheme, applying blue suede and leather overlays to a white mesh and nylon base. The second is a little louder, beginning with dark maroon for the underlays before adding support in navy suede, while a gold tongue and midsole complete the look.


Nike’s Challenger OG sneaker quietly made its return overseas this month, 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 UNC Blue and maroon colorways have seen here 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 “University Red”
Release Date: July 22, 2020
Style Code: CW7645-600
Price: $90

Nike Challenger OG “UNC”
Release Date: August 13, 2020
Style Code: CW7645-001
Price: $90

UPDATE 8/8: Following the university red/blue release, The UNC themed Nike Challenger OG will be hitting select retailers and on August 13th. Check out a detailed look below and stay tuned for more Nike related updates.