Released in 1986, the 2nd retro within the Air Jordan lineage was designed by Peter Moore – who previously designed its predecessor – and Bruce Kilgore, designer of the iconic Air Force 1.
It was the first Air Jordan silhouette without the Swoosh and was also the first sneaker to combine luxury detailing to peak sport performance. Made in Italy, the AJII featured a faux Lizard skin alongside premium leather.
Over the years, the AJII has seen a handful of retros and collaborations such as the AJII x Don C from 2015 and Vashtie Kola, who was the first woman to collaborate on an Air Jordan.
In 2021, consumers see Virgil Abloh to the fore once again on the Air Jordan models. With choosing the AJII, Abloh’s inspiration was paying homage to the heritage and impact of the silhouette. By asking the question of how an Air Jordan II would look like pulled directly from a time capsule? So, for the first time in Nike’s history, a sneaker was reverse-engineered from an original pair in the DNA Archive using three-dimensional scans of an exact pair MJ had laced up. The design process yielded unique results: because no two sneakers crumble the same way, the left and right pair of each Air Jordan 2 x Off-White™ has a different cracked midsole for accurate representation.
2 pairs created side by side, one dons the original colours of white/red whilst the other is of a black/royal contrast. White leather with red detailing along the upper, heel and Wings logo on the tongue. The midsole features a sail hue while the standout feature is of the crumbling aesthetic to give off the archival look. The black pair is predominately of a monochrome dressing with royal hits on the tongue, heel, upper and laces. Signature Off-White™ branding on the medial side as well as a yellow cable tie. Lastly, also including the crumbling design on the midsole for the aged look.
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