words // Brandon Richard
images // Jessica Huebner
The Air Jordan 2 has the distinction of being the model in the series that was produced in the least amount of original colorways. Seemingly on a mission to make up for that, the Jordan Brand is releasing Michael Jordan’s second signature shoe in a variety of new styles this year.
This weekend, the classic sneaker arrives in an all-new colorway dubbed ‘Nightshade.’ Borrowing elements from the 1986 original, this shoe adds an eye-catching greenish-blue hue to the upper, with embossed leather panels wrapping the toe and collar. The laces, heel and midsole feature a darker ice black and pure platinum. Volt adds pop to the logos, side panel trim, laces and midsole speckle.
Add ‘Nightshade’ to your summer rotation when these Jordan shoes release at Eastbay for $150 this Saturday, May 17 at 8:00 a.m. EST / 7:00 a.m. CST. Follow @Eastbay on Twitter and @OfficialEastbay on Instagram for all release information and updates.
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If you didn’t satisfy your sweet tooth on Halloween this past Sunday, the Jordan Brand has you covered. Dropping tonight are three colorful looks of the Air Jordan Retro 2 collectively known as the “Candy Pack.” Also dubbed the “M&M” Pack, each shoe in the group features a vibrantly colored nubuck and leather upper, complimented by black accenting and a white outsole. Colorways include Del Sol, Varsity Red and Classic Green. Look for the “Candy Pack” to drop at 12:00 a.m. EST tonight here at Eastbay.
Available Tonight: Air Jordan Retro 2 “Candy Pack”
images via Jumpman23
Michael Jordan missed nearly the entire 1985-1986 NBA season, suffering a broken foot early in the year. However, he returned in 1986-1987 with what was statistically the best scoring year of his career. Averaging an amazing 37.1 points per game, Michael became the first player to post 3,000 points in a season since Wilt Chamberlain. His footwear weapon of choice for that season? The Bruce Kilgore designed Air Jordan II.
The Jordan II was famously constructed in Italy with premium Italian leather. Both low and high cuts were released in late 1986 and 1987. Interestingly, none of the pairs featured a black base, marking the only time that happened in any of the original runs of the Air Jordan line. Of course, that changed with retro colorways in the 2000s, including a pair that is set to drop here at Eastbay next weekend.
To celebrate the upcoming Air Jordan Retro 2 release, Sole Shots has decided to showcase some of the best Air Jordan 2 photography from the Sole Collector forum and beyond. While the most popular shoe to shoot was undoubtedly the original White/Varsity Red-Black colorway, we also get a look at the “Eminem,” “Doernbecher Charity,” and “Bin23 Premio” pairs as well.
Remember, the Black/White Air Jordan Retro 2 will be available here at Eastbay next Saturday, October 23.
Supa aka flowrida, Teaneck, New Jersey
Chris Morris aka G2c Designs, Wallingford, Connecticut
Ryan Ramkissoon aka Ryan., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Luca Tony, Portsmouth, Virginia
tr_thegreat, Richmond, Virginia
miniair23, San Francisco, California
Air Butchie Productions, Pasadena, California
mexikicks38, Brooklyn, New York
Randy aka RaNdZ4937, Vallejo, California
kicksRus, New York City
If you’re interested in submitting your photos for Sole Shots, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and location with your submissions. You also have the option of providing us with a link to your online photo album or website to link back to when we post your work. You do not have to be a registered member of Sole Collector to participate.
The original colorway of the Air Jordan 2 hits tonight at 11pm CST, Midnight EST. Originally released in 1987, this Bruce Kilgore design is the follow up to the timeless original Air Jordan. This color scheme was brought back in 1994 and again in 2004 and now this weekend you can grab a shoe similar to the ones MJ wore when he won his first Slam Dunk title at the 1987 All Star weekend.
Check out the Jordan 2 at Eastbay.com here.
Air Jordan Retro 2
395709-101 White/Black-Varsity Red