Back After 40 Years: The Nike Mac Attack
What's all that racket? The OG tennis shoe returns.
[Update 14 Jun 2023] Following the emergence of the official campaign images of the Nike Mac Attack, comes the official project images. Enjoy a look at the gallery above! If you’re planning to get a pair, find them on SNKRS 23 June with an RRP of US$120.
[Update 13 Jun 2023] Official campaign images of the Nike Mac Attack have been released featuring Travis Scott and the pair’s forebear, the mercurial tennis legend John McEnroe. Therein, the two are pictured side by side wearing the titular pair with La Flame and his Utopia briefcase in hand.
The next photo shows the rapper performing a backhand swing while wearing Cactus Jack x Nike shorts, alluding to an apparel line accompanying the shoe’s release—which has now been moved to 23 June.
Keep your eyes locked right here. Official product images should arrive within the coming weeks, especially with its release more imminent by the day.
[Update 9 Jun 2023] More images of the Nike Mac Attack OG has been shared by @prvt.selection. Enjoy these new looks at the image gallery above!
[Update 24 May 2023] After a brief wait, a release date of 3 June for the Nike Mac Attack QS SP “OG” has now been revealed. Take a look at the latest images provided by @smile_kicks on the article slider above as we anticipate official images to arrive.
[Update 22 May 2023] New images of the 2023 revival of the Nike Mac Attack have emerged. This will be the most accurate look of the upcoming pair so far. A price point have been disclosed as well at US$120 with an official colorway of “Light Smoke Grey/Black-White”. Stay tuned for more images and details!
The Nike Mac Attack, a signature produced for tennis star John McEnroe in 1984, returns after almost 40 years. The shoe has never had a retro release compared to its basketball counterparts from the same epoch. McEnroe has won 3 Wimbledon titles and was a legendary winner and whiner, nicknamed Superbrat. He had an art to his serve, whether it was tennis balls or his words.
Rumor has it, when it gets its due, it’ll come with some contemporary updates, with a Social Status collaboration rolling the red carpet for its comeback season. Although Nike has dabbled with the idea of bringing it back a decade prior with the Nike Manor, a Swoosh-less lifestyle iteration, and with some sample pairs in circulation, its mostly remained in the ether.
Today, it’s attained grail status amongst ardent collectors. Getting a pair required having friends in high places, a plateau attainable if you can jump as high as LeBron James or live in Astroworld like Travis Scott. So far, they were only spotted on the feet of the aforementioned stars: James wearing it sometime in 2021 having sourced it from collector Jon Migdal, with Scott being gifted his from LA’s Rif, apparently for research for an upcoming Nike project.
There’re no official images for the upcoming retro, save for the one from its original release. It’s a no-brainer that the pair would fit right in the current zeitgeist since the appreciation for vintage silhouettes have become commonplace. The Mac Attack is constructed from a mix material of leather, nylon, mesh, along with the hallmark checkered tongue tag with the Nike branding.
In other classic pairs getting retrofitted, check out the UNDERCOVER x Nike Air Force 1 Low.