When it came out in November 1986, the Air Jordan 2 was the follow-up to the wildly famous Air Jordan 1, which had come out the previous year. Even though it’s one of the most controversial Jordan Brand shoe types, no one can deny how important the Air Jordan 2 was to Michael Jordan’s basketball career. 

Because the first shoe was so famous, Nike took a huge risk by making major changes to the Air Jordan design. Michael Jordan kept setting NBA records while wearing the Air Jordan 2. This was a big turning point for the Jordan Brand. 

Looking forward to the Air Jordan coming back in stores 2 “Chicago” on Friday, December 30th, let’s look back at this iconic sneaker that upended what the world believed to be basketball sneakers at the time, and how Nike’s efforts to put a spin on footwear set the stage for the brand’s future risk-taking along with the Jordan Brand as a whole.

Following his success in the 1985–1986 NBA season and the attention the release of the Air Jordan 1 got, Michael Jordan, then 23 years old, wore Air Jordan 2s to start the next season. Michael Jordan raised his game when he wore Air Jordan 2s. 

In his first game of the season, Michael Jordan broke the Madison Square Garden record for most points scored by an opponent by scoring a famous 50 points against the New York Knicks. Jordan had a career-best scoring average of 37.1 points per game during this season. He made history by becoming the first player in NBA history to have 100 blocks and 200 steals in the same season. 

Jordan wore Air Jordan 2s when he made the All-NBA First Team and was named an NBA All-Star. He also won first place in the Seattle Slam Dunk Contest with his famous foul-line dunk. Fans of movies and TV shows were also interested in the Air Jordan 2 because Bill Murray wore them in Space Jam.

When the Air Jordan 2 first came out, Nike wanted people to think of it as a more mature style than the Air Jordan 1. The sneaker’s main feature is that it doesn’t have the Nike Swoosh. This was done so that it would be useful on the court and stylish for daily wear. 

The normal Nike logo was taken off the shoe to make room for the Jordan Wings logo, which made everyone wonder where the Swoosh had gone. The silhouette’s first shade was a classic White/Red mix. They came out in three more colors in 1987. The Air Jordan 2 was made by Bruce Kilgore and Peter Moore, two famous shoe designers. 

All of the first Air Jordan 2 types were made in Italy, which showed how expensive and high-tech this basketball shoe was. . 

The Air Jordan 2 was re-released as the Air Jordan 2 Highs and Air Jordan 2 Lows in 1995, eight years later. 

Nike wanted to make a unique sneaker using premium materials, and they succeeded in doing so by using premium leather at the upper for improved support. The Air Jordan 2s didn’t need to be broken in, and the artificial reptile skin gave the silhouette more depth. The majority of the sneaker’s mid-cut and low-cut colors are white. Its extended polyurethane heel counter provided makeshift stability during the maneuvers the basketball court required, and its speed lacing mechanism allowed for quick and even adjustability. 

Maximum cushioning was also provided by the Nike Air unit in the heel and the recognizable polyurethane midsole. According to rumors, the original Air Jordan 2 models were destroyed, therefore in 1995, the first’retro-ed’ versions of the shoe appeared. Although they weren’t exact replicas of the originals, these throwback styles came in mid-top and low-top variations, and their additional colorways drew the attention of sneaker fans all over the world. 

Include “Chicago” (White/Varsity Red/Black), “Grey Fog,” “UNC,” “Wing It,” “University Blue,” “Gym Red,” “Detroit,” and many more. They are featured on models including the Air Jordan 2 Retro Low and Air Jordan 2 OG. Along with famous hues, the sneaker’s silhouette has also featured partnerships with brands including Off-White, A Ma Maniére, and Maison Château Rouge.The Air Jordan 2 was not merely the second shoe in what would grow to be a renowned empire of sneakers. The Air Jordan 2 combines sport and elevation into a single design, and it also symbolizes a great period of Michael Jordan’s career.

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Celebrate the 35th anniversary of the AJ2 with this immaculate retro edition. Made to the same specs as the original, you get all the iconic details like faux lizard, no Swoosh, and the classic Nike Air and Wings logos. Fresh enough to wear to a wedding, fly enough to wear courtside—the only real question is what you’re gonna pair them with.

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Bruce Kilgore, the designer of the Air Force 1, should have been smarter than presenting the second model as if it were an accident as it was purposefully designed after the Air Jordan 1. The Jordan 1 silhouette was, and continues to be, a top game because of its reputation for being high cut and basketball-inspired. After the Jordan OG, wagering on the Air Jordan 2 was a risky endeavor. And possibly the greatest Jordan shoe. 

There’s a Cause for “Made in Italy”

Tinker Hatfield ought to have sent Kilgore and Peter Moore a warning pigeon or something to make them see sense. But maybe that’s all that actually happened. Faux lizard skin was originally used to create the Air Jordan 2 in 1987 in Italy. Which, now that I think about it, was perhaps a plan to get away from the sporty American scene. The design team was aware that trying to replicate the initial model would probably end in failure. Instead, they made a big, bold move. Evidently all the way to Italy. with the goal of giving the Jordan brand elegance and a chic history. We don’t have anything against self-fulfillment, but why was the Swoosh taken off?

Astonishing Much, Air Jordan 2?

Swoop, gone. Without the bandage, it would be a scam, yet we’re still here. We’re keeping an open mind and remembering that Air Jordan is not just the characteristics of the Jordan 1. But to be completely honest, the Air Jordan 2 is as disjointed as a pirate on a disco ball. The modern line features the scream “aye aye captain.” Additionally, the glitzy colors of vintage sneakers like Nightshade and Iron Purple match in perfectly with That ’70s Show. However, the 1987 low/high OGs lacked the same glitz. Despite having a completely unique design, they were recognized as Jordans. What exactly went wrong over time, then?

After 1994, Air Jordan 2 was destroyed.

The OG versions of the Air Jordan 2 went missing between 1994 and 2001. Or, according to rumors, demolished. the same thing that occurred with the Brooks brand. However, it was established in 1914 and capitalized on various shoe categories, including baseball cleats and kid’s shoes. Therefore, it is understandable how some elements of the brand may fade over time.he improbable accident happened shortly after the first pair of OG Retros were released in 1994. The Air Jordan 2 then lived in constant anxiety about failing to produce another throwback. However, the ability of the brand to locate the model by 2004 raises the possibility that it was destroyed rather than lost. To the amazement of the crowd, the Jordan 2 High OG throwback model debuted that year. 2020 resale price of up to $600. 

What Ultimately Ruined the Air Jordan 2

Despite the fact that the Air Jordan 2 was released after 2004, you can see a jump from 2004 to 2015 on the official Jordan page. And as we all know, odd time gaps are bad for any brand. The inconsistent performance dashed fans’ hopes. And even though the Air Jordan 2 and Don C partnered in 2015 and came in extremely limited colorways, the hype stopped there. Despite the fact that the Arctic Orange and Blue hues are being sold for $1,358 and $630, respectively.

Over the years, the model was unable to improve its reputation and image. A perpetual flame, the AJ1. Animal instinct is clearly present in the AJ3. A collaborative magnet, the AJ4. The AJ5 is a classic Retro loop as well. How often have sneakerheads lusted over classic versions in the Fire Red, Grape, and Metallic colorways? Clearly made, yes? The list keeps on. 

Review of the Air Jordan 2

The Air Jordan 2 silhouette has long been the subject of conflicting opinions in the sneaker community.Jordan Brand, which will mark its 35th anniversary in 2022, aimed to revive excitement for the second Jordan signature sneaker with partnerships with Off-White, J Balvin, A Ma Maniere, Maison Château Rouge, and Union LA.The original ‘Chicago’ colorway of the Air Jordan 2 is back for its final year. Nike decided to try something different after the enormous success of the Air Jordan 1 High, which was first introduced in 1986.Peter Moore and Bruce Kilgore created the Air Jordan 2 with the intention of taking it beyond the basketball court and drawing inspiration from formal shoes.

This 2022 re-edition closely resembles the original, with features like premium leather (which was made in Italy in the past), faux lizard skin, and sleek lines.

– OG – No swoosh Air Jordan Wings emblem on the top of the box design

A brochure that details the Nike-Air technology and all the benefits of the shoe is also included in the box.The sizing is accurate, therefore we suggest ordering your typical Jordan or Nike size.These have really high quality and decent comfort for a throwback Jordan shoe.

When Michael Jordan won the NBA All-Star Dunk Contest in 1987, the Air Jordan 2 Retro ‘Chicago’ was already making history on its feet.This release will be a no-brainer if you are a fan of Michael Jackson, particularly of the colorways that he actually wore throughout his career.

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Considering You Need One, a Conclusion

We can tell that the Air Jordan 2 was destined for greatness. It was created in the opulent center of Italy with the best leather and padding available. The silhouette wouldn’t have experienced middle child trauma if it had been treated with the respect it deserved. However, being destroyed or “lost” for ten years and then failing to put out the necessary effort after its resurrection makes hype all but impossible. Given that its siblings are also reaching for the heavens. Although it wasn’t the sneaker’s fault, we can’t also expect it to be a fan favorite. It might have a function to be somewhat confined to other Jordan retros. We would like to anticipate an auction for this underutilized model. Or ask Eminem to join you on another project. The title could possibly be “The Way You Are” this time. 

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