The Swoosh-less second shoe that set a new standard in footwear luxury.
Nike followed up its successful Air Jordan 1 by rebooting the design process. Designer Bruce Kilgore led the charge in creating Air Jordan II, opting for a multi-layered yet clean upper layout. The Swoosh and bold colorblocking of the first shoe were gone. Instead, Italian leather, faux iguana skin leather overlays, a red ribbed heel wrap, and a simple, small “NIKE” heel swatch combined for a decidedly upscale look.
Air Jordan II arrived in November 1986 in White/Black-Red and White/Red colorways, High-Tops and Lows in each. Michael Jordan’s 1986-87 season with 37.1 points per game in Air Jordan II would mark his career high average.
Click through the pages below for a look back at Michael Jordan in the Air Jordan II.