Nike looked to duplicate the massive success of the Air Jordan 1 with the sequel – albeit with a lot less red and a lot less green lost in fines. Designed once again by Peter Moore with assistance from Bruce Kilgore (the man behind the Air Force 1), the Air Jordan 2 provided a luxurious feel with Italian leather and faux lizard skin panels. To give the Jordan line its own identity, the signature Nike swoosh is notably absent, replaced by the new wings logo on the tongue.
Michael Jordan rocked the AJ2 throughout the 1985-87 season, although his 85-86 was plagued by injuries that limited him to just 18 games. The shoes were notably worn during the 1987 Slam Dunk contest, the first that Jordan would win.
The AJ2 originally dropped in two colorways, with minimal amounts of red in favor of a predominantly white upper for both. This shoe would later regain prominence in 2015, with a collaboration from designer Don C that featured a premium quilted leather that had Jordan fans pining for the Air Jordan 2.