After the complete and utter game-changer that was the Air Jordan I, Nike designer Bruce Kilgore was tabbed with the unenviable job of coming up with an equally successful sequel. This time, the emphasis would be on quality and fashion rather than just purely basketball, and the result was a sneaker that took its inspiration from Italian dress boots and straddled the line between high fashion and basketball functionality.
The result was the Air Jordan II. Although it debuted in 1986-87, the II has seen a limited run in the sneaker world since its first retro in 1995. It has nevertheless been visible in both the NBA and popular culture, being worn by everyone from Carmelo Anthony with the Nuggets to Bill Murray with the Toon Squad in Space Jam. Even now, NBA stars like DeMarcus Cousins routinely take the floor sporting the sneaker that redefined quality in the Air Jordan line.
There have been several interesting Air Jordan II releases in recent years, and tomorrow there will be another as the Air Jordan II “Radio Raheem” will drop at Champs Sports. This latest release pays tribute to the famous character from Spike Lee’s iconic Do the Right Thing, a movie that contains one of the most famous sneaker scenes in cinematic history. The “Radio Raheem” is one of several Jordan releases centered around the film that are expected to drop in 2016, but while you wait to cop this first release, here’s a look at 10 Things You Don’t Know About the Air Jordan 2.
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