The Air Jordan 2 is slowly making its return, with pairs from Union and A Ma Maniere already out in the wild. This week, we have a look at the premium ‘Craft’ pack, rumored to arrive next year.
Originally released in 1986, the Air Jordan 2 was the first ‘premium’ sneaker from the then-fledgling Jordan franchise. As requested by Michael himself, the high-top court shoe was constructed through a factory in Italy to mimic his Airness’ favorite off-court footwear. Designed by legendary footwear designers Bruce Kilgore (Air Force 1), and Peter Moore (AJ1, adidas EQT), the AJ2 came with a relatively high price tag of $105, though they did not sell well, like their predecessor. Rumor has it that after the original release, the mold for the shoe was either lost or destroyed (or stolen), leaving Nike to dissect an OG pair to recreate them. Now, with their design locked in, the Jordan 2 is gearing up for a comeback, celebrating its original Italian roots with the ‘Craft’ pack. Shared in mock-up images by SoleRetriever earlier this week, the two-piece pack includes both low and high versions of the shoes, both dressed mainly in white with varying shades of brown accents for a premium look.
AIR JORDAN 2 ‘CRAFT’ PACK RELEASE INFORMATION
The Air Jordan 2 ‘Craft’ pack has not been officially announced for release, and is unlikely to release until Spring 2023, a full year from now. The upscale take on both the high and low versions will likely be available from both Nike and select retailers, with price tags of $185 and $150, respectively. Check out the teaser from SoleRetriever below for a better look, and stay tuned to JustFreshKicks for more Air Jordan release news.
Air Jordan 2 Low “Craft”
Release Date: Spring 2023
Color: Sail/Melon Tint-Light Curry-Cobblestone-Muslin
Style Code: DV9956-118
Air Jordan 2 WMNS “Craft”
Release Date: February 22nd, 2023
Color: Sail/Desert-Sunset Haze-Light Steel Grey
Style Code: DX4400-118
UPDATE 2/5/23: Jordan Brand unveiled the AJ2 craft during their Spring 2023 preview, giving us a few of the official images in the process. After a slight delay, pairs are expected to land in stores on February 22nd, 2023.
UPDATE 10/19: On-Foot images of the Air Jordan 12 are here via YankeeKicks. Stay tuned for more updates.
UPDATE 10/12/22: PRVT.Selection has obtained an early pair of next year’s Air Jordan 2 Craft, currently rumored to release early next year in January 2023. Featuring premium materials and an OG construction, these are expected to come in women’s sizing with a price tag of $185.
UPDATE 7/27/22: According to a new leak, the Air Jordan 2 WMNS ‘Craft’ colorway has been scheduled to release early next year, on January 26th, 2022. While little information regarding this release is available, a new mock-up from ZSneakerheads has surfaced alongside it, showing some material changes and slight variations in color from the original mock-up we saw back in Spring.