Bruce Kilgore and Peter Moore designed the second Air Jordan for the 1986–87 basketball season. It was the first Nike shoe to forego the iconic Swoosh and, like the Air Jordan I, signaled with its sleek silhouette, faux lizard skin, and Italian manufacture that basketball shoes were changing. The Air Jordan IIs came in both high- and low-top versions. Jordan wore the lows when he was recuperating from a broken foot; an additional full-length Air unit was added to the sole to ensure comfort while he healed.
Nike / Air Jordan II, 1986 / Kosow Sneaker Museum (Electric Purple Chameleon, LLC) / Photo: Kathy Tarantola