Best Air Jordan 2 Colorways Ever

  • 10. “Vashtie Kola”

    A limited release in the fall of 2010, this collaboration between JB and Vashtie represented the very first opportunity for a female to design a pair of Jordans. Mix in the A-1 packaging and the overall aesthetic–the purple colorway is inspired by her fashion collection–and this is a shoe that appeals to both genders. I know a few dudes that would have no qualms with rocking these.

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  • 9. Black/Chrome

    Amazingly, the Jordan II is the only sneaker Mike ever played in that didn’t include an original black-based colorway. No one knows why that is, either–chalk it up to a truly unique rollout. But in the second retro run of 2004, Jordan came correct with a Black/Chrome colorway that was about as hard as it gets. Try to tell me people wouldn’t love these had they first dropped in 2016.

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    8. “Eminem”

    Only 313 pairs of this special collaboration were made in 2008–anyone who’s ever seen 8 Mile knows the significance–and now if you’re lucky to own a pair just know you could be selling these joints for over $6,000 on eBay. What a time to be alive. The original release coincided with Em’s book, The Way I Am.

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  • Air Jordan 2 x Don C Bright Blue

    7. Don C “Bright Blue”

    A favorite among NBA players over the past year, the luxurious “Bright Blue” shoe from Don C came correct with a custom red and gold Jordan box, as well as suede hits and premium quilted leather. Though a new Don C colorway just dropped, this version hit hard in its own right–it felt like half of the NBA was stunting in them on Instagram.

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  • 6. “Doernbecher”

    Yet another first for the Jordan II is this edition of the “Doernbecher” series, designed by hospital patient Sheridan Brenton. Released in 2007, this is one of the cleaner editions in the series and by representing Brenton’s school colors while also going down for a good cause, these had to make the list.

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    5. Low White/Black-Varsity Red

    Jordan broke these out while the Bulls were getting swept by the Celtics during the ’87 Playoffs. They are undoubtedly one of the best low-top sneakers the line has ever produced, though they haven’t been seen since 1994.

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    4. Don C “Beach”

    This luxurious Don C collab–officially dubbed the “Just Don”–dropped at the end of January and will likely go down as one of 2016’s most hyped sneaker releases. It featured premium quilted leather and suede overlays. Releasing with custom packaging and a bright University Red hat, this second collaboration between JB and the Chicago designer was even more premium than the first.

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  • Air Jordan 2 Melo PE

    3. “Melo”

    An extremely memorable release for a few reasons. First, this was the first retro Jordan made into PEs that was available for the public to buy. In his early Denver days, Carmelo Anthony was blessed with some incredible player exclusives. And second, since first releasing as a limited edition in April of 2004, perhaps no colorway of this model has been more hyped. (Outside of maybe the latest Don C collabs.)

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    2. White/Red-Grey

    This was the sneaker Jordan wore in the 1987 NBA All-Star Game, a forgotten midseason classic that MJ was involved in. His rookie year was the notorious “Freeze-Out” game. He missed ’86 due to injury. And ’88 saw him drop 40 points and win the MVP.

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    1. White/Black-Red

    One of the original colorways and also a sneaker worn by MJ during his brilliant 1986-87 season. This particular colorway is perhaps best known for the 1987 Slam Dunk Contest. You know the one, when Mike took off from the foul line for the first time to defeat a field headlined by names like Clyde Drexler, Tom Chambers, and future teammate Ron Harper.

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In an age where sneakerheads clamor for the most limited sneakers and the most luxurious materials, I think it’s safe to say the Air Jordan II was officially ahead of its time. Yeah, we’ve all heard that mantra over and over again throughout the years as a way to justify why the Jordan II seemed like a step back from the iconic original. But it’s never been more true.

Give Jordan Brand and designer Bruce Kilgore credit here, at least. Instead of staying the course and building off the Jordan I, they decided to test their wings and branch out, removing the Swoosh logo, taking the design to Italy, including a faux lizard skin print, and creating a sneaker that took its inspiration from a few weird places. The result was something Michael Jordan wasn’t in love with, but in the end it helped set a precedent: the Jordan signature series wasn’t going to be stagnant. It would innovative. (That continues today. Tinker Hatfield actually admitted he hoped people didn’t like the Jordan XXX specifically because that almost always means the public isn’t quite ready for how far ahead JB is pushing it.)

The Jordan II has a lot of memorable retro releases over the years and coming today at Champs Sports is the “Alternate ’87” model, one that takes the iconic Chicago Bulls colorway to show what sneakers Jordan could’ve been wearing back in the day if there had been player exclusives.

It’s a great colorway, but what are the greatest Jordan II silos ever? Find out below with the Best Air Jordan 2 Colorways Ever.

The Air Jordan II has been perennially underrated by sneakerheads for a variety of reasons. However, that doesn’t mean some of the colorways that have been released over the years aren’t amazing.

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