Profile of the Air Jordan 2 Retro Low

The Air Jordan 2 Retro Low is a luxury-inspired sneaker. What sets it apart from other Jordan models is that it does not carry the Nike Swoosh and the Jumpman logo. While the Air Jordan 1 is made in Asia, the Air Jordan 2 Retro Low is beautifully handmade in Italy with faux lizard skin. The Air Jordan 2 was used by Michael Jordan in his second season with the NBA.

The signature low-top shoe carries a polyurethane foam midsole and a thick Ortholite insole for optimum comfort all day long. The conventional traction pattern protects wearers from floor slippage as they navigate in linear and lateral directions on various court floors. The Air Jordan 2 Retro Low offers a secure lockdown with its rubber heel counter and standard lacing system.


Cushion. The comfort and responsiveness of the Air Jordan 2 Retro Low comes from the polyurethane foam midsole. The impact protection provided by the midsole keeps the leg muscles and joints from experiencing stress and fatigue.  

Traction. The traction pattern on the Air Jordan 2 Retro Low is hailed by many reviewers and testers as one of the best in the Jordan line. They say it functions as effectively as herringbone. Because the outsole is made of a thick and durable rubber compound, the Air Jordan 2 Retro Low can be used both indoors and outdoors.


Length and Width. The Air Jordan 2 Retro Low comes in the average length and width. Reviewers recommend that new buyers choose their true Jordan size.

Lockdown. The Air Jordan 2 Retro Low comes with a rubber heel counter and thick padding inside the shoe to provide foot containment and prevent side-to-side movements. The tightness of the shoelaces and the position of the tongue can be adjusted for a secure lockdown.


Inspired by luxury, the Air Jordan 2 Retro Low features a premium leather upper. Depending on the colorway, the upper can also be made of suede, tumbled leather, or quilted leather. The shoe model is manufactured by hand in Italy, hence the $160 price.


The low-top silhouette of the Air Jordan 2 Retro Low comes in numerous colorways. The classic and stylish design of the signature shoe makes it look expensive and formal that it becomes a challenge to bring it on the court to get dirty. These sneakers look fantastic with jogger pants, khakis, and skinny jeans along with a button down shirt or a fitted long sleeve top. The White/Red and White/Red-Black colorways even match well with tuxedos.

Like other Jordan basketball sneakers, the Air Jordan 2 Retro Low has callouts on it. The “JORDAN” and “NIKE” callouts are found on the outsole. The “AIR JORDAN” callout and the winged ball logo are displayed at the top of the tongue.

Special Colorways of the Air Jordan 2 Retro Low

The Air Jordan 2 Retro Low is not called a luxury shoe without its magnificent colorways. From the classic white and black combination to the pastels, this low-top signature shoe surely a hit both on and off courts. Listed below are the colorways available:

White/Red. The first of its kind, the white and red colorway was released in 1987 at $100.

White/Red-Black. In 1994, the Air Jordan 2 Low was re-released for the first time, and it was in the White/Red-Black colorway.

Gym Red/University Red-Hyper Turquoise. In 2016, the signature low-top shoe was released in an all-red upper with a hint of turquoise at the outsole.

White/Midnight Navy-Infrared 23 - University Blue. The white and midnight navy colorway was released on December 11, 2004.

White/Metallic Silver-Varsity Maize. The white and metallic silver colorway was released on May 21, 2005.


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