It isn’t uncommon for Air Jordan designers to draw inspiration from engineering marvels such as luxury sports cars and aircraft. Brand designers are able to create a parallelism between the machine and Michael’s on-court persona.
D’Wayne Edwards was once again called upon to create the 22nd installment of Michael Jordan’s legendary sneaker line. This time around, he looked to the skies and took inspiration from the iconic F-22 Raptor fighter jet.
The F-22’s lethal speed and agility make it an offensive and defensive threat, just like Michael whenever he takes the court. The Air Jordan XXII perfectly captures these qualities with its deadly design and powerful performance.
These performance-loaded Air Jordan basketball shoes feature a titanium shank plate, customizable Independent Podular Suspension (IPS) cushioning technology, and a fresh chevron traction pattern.
Even though Michael has decided to stay permanently grounded, his Air Jordan line continues to soar to new heights.
Cushion. Similar to the Air Jordan XXI, the Air Jordan XX2 has a low-profile Phylon midsole that works seamlessly with the customizable IPS cushioning technology.
However, the IPS technology of AJ 22 has evolved. It now features a visible, color-coded pillar with either double-stacked Zoom Air or Encapsulated Air.
Depending on their preference, players can modify the cushioning by interchanging the pods. They can choose between the shock absorbing Encapsulated Air pillar or the responsive double-stacked Zoom Air pillar.
Traction. The Air Jordan 22 has a clear rubber outsole with herringbone tread for traction. It also features strategically placed solid rubber pods with a chevron-shaped traction pattern that enhances multidirectional grip.
Length and Width. Since very little is known regarding how the Air Jordan XXII fits, buyers are advised to order their actual size when ordering online.
Lockdown. The Air Jordan XX2 has a variable-speed lacing system with titanium-coated eyelets and a durable titanium lace lock that firmly holds the foot in place. A lightweight diamond-shaped heel counter offers extended support and prevents heel rolls.
The most innovative feature of the AJ 22 is the use of a high-strength and low-density lustrous transition metal (Atomic number 22).
Instead of carbon fiber, Jordan Brand designers built the first-ever titanium shank. The titanium shank plate is engineered to provide ultimate arch support and midfoot stability.
The Air Jordan 22 has a full-grain leather upper for support and durability while molded TPU vents and a breathable tongue help dissipate heat.
For enhanced breathability and comfort, these basketball shoes also feature a seamless cleatie construction with a foam-backed collar and triangular quilting on the tongue.
Inspired by the F-22 Raptor’s maneuverability, the Air Jordan XXII’s design incorporates aggressive lines that mimic the fighter jet’s flight pattern. A reflective camouflage and radar-inspired stitching complete the shoe’s battle-ready look.
Other signature details include a visible Jumpman logo on the tongue and a hidden Jumpman logo on the heel cover that can only be seen at certain angles.
The Air Jordan XX2 (high-top) only had four original colorways.
- Original Basketball Leather/Game Shoes Edition (Black/Black)
- Original Omega (White/Varsity Red – Black)
- Original Black/Varsity Red – Metallic Silver
- Original White/Varsity Red – Black
A year later, a retro colorway was released as part of the Countdown Pack (CDP).
- Air Jordan 22 (XX2 or XXII) Retro – Countdown Package – Black / White
Team Jordan Athletes kept Michael’s name alive on the court with their greatness. During the 2007-2008 season, these Air Jordan basketball shoes were worn by Carmelo Anthony, Josh Howard, Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, and Joe Johnson. Colors featuring the skyline of their respective teams were also created.
Ray Allen and Richard Hamilton also donned Player Exclusive colorways at the 2007 NBA All-Star game held at Las Vegas.