First released in November 1986, the AIR JORDAN 2 had a rough time. Not only was he the successor of the AJ1, Jordan himself just came back from a difficult injury. Already in the third game of the 85/86 season the Bulls saw themself lose their main man with a broken foot, making him miss 64 games. Even though he returned before the regular season ended, he couldn't survive the first round of the playoffs – losing to the future champions, the Celtics. Therefore a new beginning was bound to take place. Made out of a high-quality leather upper, the Air Jordan started to transition towards fashion and even decided to go without the iconic Nike swoosh. Instead, the second coming granted the popular Wings emblem a unique place on the tongue's highest point. Due to Michael's foot injury Nike designer Bruce Kilgore made sure an enhanced wearing comfort was ensured. For that reason the Nike Air-unit received more space to operate, combined with the high-top design stability had been achieved. With 'His Airness' only being the second player ever to score over 3000 points – Wilt Chamberlain being the first – in a single season, the shoes definitely played a big part. Furthermore he even won the Slam Dunk Contest in 1987. Some season, isn't it? 37.1 points per game combined with being the best dunker in the NBA – that's vintage MJ for you.
Nevertheless the AJ2 is still regarded as a underdog in between the Jordan collection. Maybe because the second version of the original Air Jordan Low has been available in merely two different colorways. But that's uncertain. However it is certain that the sneaker is celebrating its comeback. Resembling one of the initial AJ2s almost right down to the last detail, the AIR JORDAN 2 RETRO LOW UNC pays tribute to Michael Jordan's roots – especially his college-time at 'his' University of North Carolina. MJ sure knows how to reminisce!Therefore the sneaker turns into a walking UNC homage and wears its colors proudly: a white upper combined with navy and university blue accents – fitting isn't it?