The Air Jordan 22 was originally released in 2007 and designed by D’Wayne Edwards. Specifically, the first colorway of the Jordan 22 was released on February 17th, 2007, which was Michael Jordan’s 44th birthday. Various renditions were available, including a low-cut version known as “5/8” and special “PE” colorways.

Air Jordan 22 XX2 2007

Air Jordan 22 (XX2) History

The F-22 Raptor Strike Fighter inspired the Air Jordan 22; when you look at the F-22 Raptor, you see the light camo spots sharp aerodynamic cuts that can cut through the air like ice. Some of the characteristics of the F-22 can be seen on the Air Jordan 22.

Jordan Brand used the Independent Podular Suspension (IPS) on the Air Jordan XX1, and with success, they have also used it on the Air Jordan XX2. Unlike the past model using IPS, the pods were a little difficult to remove, so on the Air Jordan XX2, the pods are square with a little tongue to pull them out. Also, the interchangeable Zoom Air pod is double-stacked, which reduces the cushioning hardness.

Early samples of the Air Jordan XX2 had vents on the heel, stitching starting at the heel and running almost through the toe box. Select samples also had a removable strap, but Michael did not like the look, so this was dropped. The shank plate is made from thermoplastic urethane coated with metallic titanium paint.

Air Jordan 22 Breakdown


Soaring Design Lines: The XX2 swooping aggressive lines mirror the unique flight pattern of the F-22 Raptor.

Full-Grain Upper: The Air Jordan XX2 is crafted from elegant full-grain leather for an unmatched level of lasting sophistication.

Radar Stitching: Defiant zigzag stitching reflects both the F-22’s ability to disrupt enemy radar and Air Jordan’s heritage of delivering the unexpected.

Jumpman Heel Cover: The distinct heel of the XX2 only reveals the Jumpman logo at certain angles, a reflective jet fighter cockpit.

Jordan Camouflage: A unique Jordan camouflage pattern is printed in reflective 3M for a daring look that changes in different light conditions.


Titanium Shank Plate: With its incomparable strength-to-weight ratio and atomic number 22,” tensegrity” patterned titanium provides the ultimate mid-foot and arch support.

Performance Heel: The XX2 is both lightweight and supportive. Thanks to an efficient sculpted design and ultra-stable extended heel counter.

Molded Vents: Like the technology hidden beneath the wings of the F-22, molded TPU vents dissipate heat and follow the contours of your ankle for a better fit.

Next-Level Lacing: The variable speed lacing system on the XX2 features durable titanium-coated eyelets and a remarkably effective lace lock.

Protective Toe Cap: A silver cap bearing the world’s most famous number shield, the toe of the XX2.


Quilted Collar & Bootie: The triangular quilted pattern on the foam-backed collar and integrated, seamless bootie maximizes comfort and breathability.

Superior Sock Liner: Even the XX2’s sock liner is hi-tech with its shock-absorbing heel pad and midfoot vent cutouts.

Breathable Tongue: A special triangular ventilation pattern and red woven metallic mesh help maximize airflow.


Translucent Outsole: Crafted from the clearest rubber available, the XX2’s outsole redefines sticky while permitting more natural foot movement with its saw-toothed edges.

Enhanced Traction Pattern: Based on a sergeant’s stripes, the XX2’s innovative outsole offers the most effective multi-directional Jordan traction ever.

Cushioning Pods: Strategically mapped pods offer the last word in tuned cushioning performance by utilizing varying densities of foam and Air and IPS technologies.


Variable Independent Podular Suspension: IPS cushioning technology has evolved into a color-coded, visible, interchangeable pillar with responsive double-stacked zoom air or shock-absorbing encapsulated air.

Low Profile Midsole: The phylon midsole provides a responsive stance that works seamlessly with the XX2’s formidable cushioning firepower.

When the Air Jordan XX2 head designer, D’Wayne Edwards, knew the XX1 was heavy, he made the XX2 lighter. This caused the cutting of foam and midsole material from using a TPU composite shank plate.

Air Jordan 22 XX2 Basketball Alpha
Air Jordan 22 “Basketball” & “Alpha”

The retail price for the Air Jordan 22 is $175, while a special Air Jordan XX2 made of Basketball Leather sold at $179.99. At the 2007 All-Star game in Las Vegas, you can see NBA Players wearing the Air Jordan XX2, such as Rip Hamilton and Ray Allen.

Jordan Brand would eventually release special “PE” editions of the Jordan 22. Five pairs with the respective city skyline embroidered and lasered on the side. This special release represented NBA teams of Team Jordan players, including Denver for Carmelo Anthony, Detro for Rip Hamilton, Seattle for Ray Allen, Atlanta for Joe Johnson, and Dallas for Josh Howard. The Air Jordan 22 was made in specific All-Star colors for teams East and West.

Original Air Jordan 22 Colorways

Air Jordan 22 (XX2) White / Metallic Silver – Varsity Red
Air Jordan 22 (XX2) Black / Amber Basketball Leather
Air Jordan 22 (XX2) Black / Varsity Red – Metallic Silver
Air Jordan 22 (XX2) Omega White / Varsity Red – Black
Air Jordan 22 (XX2) 5/8 White / University Blue – Orange Blaze
Air Jordan 22 (XX2) 5/8 Black / Varsity Red – White
Air Jordan 22 (XX2) PE Chicago Black/Metallic Silver-Varsity Red
Air Jordan 22 (XX2) PE Seattle White / Forest Green – Varsity Maize
Air Jordan 22 (XX2) PE Detroit White/Varsity Royal-Varsity Red
Air Jordan 22 (XX2) PE Atlanta White/Varsity Red
Air Jordan 22 (XX2) PE Dallas White/Metallic Silver-Midnight Navy
Air Jordan 22 (XX2) PE Denver White/University Blue-Varsity Maize
Air Jordan 22 (XX2) PE White/Metallic Silver-Varsity Red
Air Jordan 22 (XX2) PE East Black/Silver/Dark Charcoal/Varsity Royal
Air Jordan 22 (XX2) PE West Black/Varsity Maize

Retro Air Jordan 22 Colorways

Air Jordan 22 “Countdown Pack”

Frequently Asked Questions

When was the Air Jordan 22 released?

The first colorway of the Air Jordan 22 was released on February 17, 2007, for Michael Jordan’s 44th birthday.

Who designed the Jordan 22?

D’Wayne Edwards.

What is the retail price?

The retail price is $175, while the “Basketball” edition retailed for $180.

How many original Air Jordan 22 colorways were released?

15 original colorways of the Jordan 22 were released. In 2008, Jordan Brand retrod the Air Jordan 22 as part of the “Countdown Pack.”

Did Michael Jordan wear the Jordan 22 on-court?

Unfortunately no. He was retired from the NBA when the shoes were released. However, various All-Star players like Ray Allen and Rip Hamilton wore the shoes. 

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