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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