D’Wayne Edwards (former Footwear Design Director for Jordan Brand) created the XX2 in basketball leather in response to a direct request from Michael Jordan. Rather than typical orange basketball leather, Edwards chose a leather closer in color and texture to that of early basketballs. Jordan loved the design, and the XX2 became the first Air Jordan to feature his signature. A basketball in the same leather was also released.
Jordan Brand / Air Jordan XX2, 2007 / Collection of D’Wayne Edwards