Countless iconic Air Jordan silhouettes don’t need any assistance in being repopularized, but that clearly hasn’t stopped Off-White over the past few years. Virgil Abloh’s renowned Italian fashion house boasts an eye-popping sum of collaborations with the emblematic Nike subsidiary, and they’re pushing that trend forward with their latest joint effort tackling one of the basketball legend’s more polarizing pairs in the Air Jordan 2 Low.
Initially released in 1987, the follow-up to MJ’s first shoe was designed in Italy, as they looked to lavishly separate themselves from the pack of generic basketball shoes released at the time. Decades later, it only makes sense to have them recrafted in the same place where it all began. As opposed to Off-White’s collection of re-imagined 1s and 4s, the new pair of 2 Lows were treated with a state-of-the-art approach from Nike, having completely reverse-engineered a game-worn, archived, and, years later, 3D-scanned pair of OGs. Ultimately, this assisted in the shoe’s authentic detailing, with both the left and right pair of these 2’s midsoles donning individual cracks. Each pair of shoes features Off White’s signature zip-tie and Helvetica font, while also being uniquely embellished with a printed Jordan autograph, evoking the sporadic fashion in which he would sign kids’ shoes postgame.
Love them or hate them, the Air Jordan 2 was Nike’s first attempt at a luxury offering, and its legacy has surely garnered that respect in the long run. Needless to say, these kicks are going to be bewilderingly exclusive, but they will be available for purchase through Nike in a pair of classic colorways for $250 on November 12th.