Air Jordan 2

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The Air Jordan II was Nike’s first foray into luxury sneakers. Crafted in Italy from premium leather with faux lizard texture, Bruce Kilgore’s sleek design was a radical departure from the first Jordan. As a signifier of MJ’s rising stature and independence, the Swoosh was controversially removed from the shoe. However, MJ wasn’t the biggest fan of his sophomore sneaker. The sole unit was apparently a tad stiff and he wasn’t convinced by the nouveau styling. Despite his personal misgivings, the Air Jordan II carried Mike to a 3000-point season that still stands as the highest average points per game of any player in the modern era. With a hefty $100 price tag back in 1986 – almost double the price of the AJ1 – the AJII struggled to find a loyal following. To this day, it is still regarded with bemusement by Jordanheads.