This article was published on April 9 and updated on December 17

Highsnobiety aims to provide our readers with the latest updates in the sneaker world. However, we cannot verify the reliability of any unauthorized leaks or rumors unless this information is provided directly by the brands themselves.

You know what, I'm going to say it: 2022 is the year of the Air Jordan 2.

Every time I'm scrolling through sneaker releases, my fingers stumble across another Air Jordan 2 model. And, honestly, I'm not mad at it — it's time about time AJ2's got the appreciation it deserves, especially with its game-changing history.

The famous Air Jordan 1 was a tough act to follow, churning out immense success and becoming one of the most coveted Jordan Brand models to date.

Air Jordan 2 designers Peter Moore and Bruce Kilgore took a considerable risk with the new model, going with a sporty-luxe, Swoosh-free design that was nothing like AJ1. But that was point.

Nike wanted the Air Jordan 2 to be unique and exclusive from the jump, crafting it in Italy using premium materials like faux lizard skin. It also featured a soft polyurethane midsole, making it one of the first basketball shoes to do so.

Your Highsnobiety privacy settings have blocked this YouTube video.

The Air Jordan 2 wouldn't reach Air Jordan 1 status, but the Jordan Brand's underrated sneaker proved to be just as vital to Michael Jordan's historical basketball career.

Laced up in both the Air Jordan 2 mid and low models, Jordan would go on to make NBA All-Star and become the first-ever NBA player with 200 steals and 100 blocks during the 1986-87 season.

Your Highsnobiety privacy settings have blocked this Instagram post.

With such a revolutionary design and underdog status at hand, it's no wonder the Air Jordan 2 caught the attention of a few Jordan Brand collaborators, with Off-White™ setting the tone for the wave to come in with its collaborative Air Jordan 2 Lows in November 2021.

Union LA leads the Spring 2022 season with its floral and butterflies-flocked Air Jordan 2s in "Grey Fog" and "Rattan," set to drop on April 15.

Your Highsnobiety privacy settings have blocked this Instagram post.

Artist Nina Chanel Abney, luxury boutique A Ma Maniere, Latin musician J Balvin, and Paris-based boutique Maison Château Rouge also offered spins on the Air Jordan 2 this year.

Closing out the year, the Air Jordan 2 "Chicago" is slated to return in the OG colorway on December 30, despite murmurs of an October release.

Your Highsnobiety privacy settings have blocked this Instagram post.

There have been other recent Jordan 2 releases like "Melo" and "Multicolor", but nothing like what's on the way. With the help of some of its heavy-hitting partners matched with OG schemes, the Air Jordan 2 is going from underdog to top dog this year.

To stay updated on everything happening in the sneaker world, follow @highsnobietysneakers on Instagram, check our sneaker release date calendar, and subscribe to our sneaker chatbot on Facebook to receive lightning-quick updates to your inbox.

We Recommend
  • WSR main feb week 3
    From Mizuno to Nike, Browse This Week’s Best Sneaker Releases
    • Sneakers
  • jordan 4 bred reimagined
    Actually, The Bred 4s Aren't Half Bad in Leather
    • Sneakers
  • air jordan 2 low christmas
    The Jordan 2 Lows Are in the Christmas Spirit (Kind of)
    • Sneakers
  • air jordan 3 off noir
    “Oreo” or “Off Noir”? Either Way, the Latest Jordan 3 Is Quite Tasteful
    • Sneakers
  • jordan 1 royal reimagined satin bred
    What’s Up With the Royal Reimagined 1s?
    • Sneakers
  • Image on Highsnobiety
What To Read Next
  • Image on Highsnobiety
    MM6 Is Arguably More Margiela Than the Maison
    • Style
  • CDG Play's Spring/Summer 2024 collection of cardigans, sweaters, shirts, and K-Way jackets
    Can You Have Too Much CDG Play?
    • Style
  • Diesel's FW24 milan fashion week runway show
    Diesel's Y2K Vision Has Melted Away
    • Style
  • adidas YEEZY Slides, YEEZY Foam Runners & YEEZY BOOST 500 sneakers in adidas' March 2024 restock
    adidas YEEZY's March 2024 Drop: Everything to Know
    • Sneakers
  • hot wheels
    Generational Speed: the History of Hot Wheels and Its Racing Origins
    • Design
    • sponsored
  • Sha'Carri Richardson holding Jacquemus' black leather Nike Swoosh handbag
    Jacquemus' Latest Nike Collab Is Swoosh Genius
    • Style
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titel Media GmbH (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titel Media GmbH strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titel Media GmbH tests, remediates and maintains the Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.