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Made in ’86: The 10 Best Air Jordan II Releases in History

May 29th, 2014 by / 21

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The Air Jordan line is all about evolution, but there was potential for it to come to a complete stop at the Air Jordan II. Arguably the most overlooked of the heralded Chicago Bulls era of MJ’s Nike sneakers, the Air Jordan II could have forced a parallel universe of sorts; prior to signing a sneaker deal, the then young MJ was very keen to adidas and it appeared that the German brand had decisive leverage in the Jordan sweepstakes. But Michael, who took his parent’s opinions to heart, chose the Beaverton brand at the direction of his father and the Air Jordan was born. However, it seemed that Michael wasn’t particularly happy with the direction of his shoes after two completed models, and the Bulls superstar was ready to fulfill his original decision. Because of this interesting tidbit of info in the Air Jordan timeline, the AJ2 is sometimes seen as a black sheep of sorts; it was particularly under-appreciated by the man himself, and more importantly, it could have been the sneaker to end the Nike Air Jordan line for good.

These days it seems that the Air Jordan II is still on a different wavelength than the rest of the Retros; it is consistently priced below the rest of the Air Jordan Retros (with the exception of the Air Jordan 1), and despite the clean craftsmanship inspired by Italian methods, the AJ2 hardly conjures up the excitement that other models do. Is it too far out to say the AJ2 is the least popular Air Jordan of the Bulls era? Probably not, but there have been some incredible releases in the past – some that command dollar figures in the higher end of the what-are-Jordans-worth scale. As we approach the release of the OG White/Red/Grey release next week, we looked back at what we believe to be the ten best Air Jordan 2s to date. Agree or disagree? See our selections below (in no particular order) and let us know where the Air Jordan II falls in your personal list of “Best Air Jordans of All-time”.

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SimplyAmazing
SimplyAmazing

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2cstrong
2cstrong

when and where FIRE RED M10 ??
 and why not xx8, kobe & melo in the Brazil Pack ??

JMBasquiat
JMBasquiat

Never owned a pair of 2s. Need to cop a pair this year.

Biga173rd
Biga173rd

#1 for me always is my all time fav AJ 2. 

StRoKiN_Ur_MoM
StRoKiN_Ur_MoM

I have the Yellow/Candy Pack 2's in a size 8. I hardly ever wear them since I have thunder 4's

_DeLi_
_DeLi_

Those black stingray ones are still so beautiful. Having said that, they do not age well :/

DocBill1
DocBill1

The white black and red mid and lows are the best ones. The all whit and red are good as well. They need to make a true bred colorway. 

HGK87
HGK87

what release is that in the first pic? every other II is big and ugly but that one has to be one of the nicest jordans ever. 

Bigga23
Bigga23

Well Damn, that Yellow Candy Pack tho, WOW!!

greghall024
greghall024

the red candy pack tops the infrared ones easily

agentace24
agentace24

Nike needs to release the black/chrome 2s already. The black are the best 2s without any doubt.

DugLast
DugLast

The original white/black/red and the Melos have been my favorites for a while. And JB needs to hurry up and retro some II lows.

cru33
cru33

Agree with most. I still hate the Infrared release.  

TommyPritchett
TommyPritchett

yea u know my Em had to be on here! Shouldve been number one!

oxfuzz
oxfuzz

II`s are my fav.

TheJordanVault
TheJordanVault

@oxfuzz Agreed! Most innovative design at the time, changing all the rules. Faux iguana skin, no swoosh, molded heel cup and the first to have a full polyurethane midsole to make it more lightweight. Designed for flight.


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