Air Jordan XXII: The Jordan Fighter Jet Sets Flight

Name: Air Jordan XXII

Release: 2007

Designer: D’Wayne Edwards


To have to create another Air Jordan sneaker by this time would just seem like an impossible task, but just like Michael Jordan demonstrated time and again with his basketball performances…NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE! 2007 introduced us to the Air Jordan XXII, a sleek new creation from the mind of D’Wayne Edwards for a second year in a row.

With his second opportunity to design a signature Air Jordan sneaker, Edwards used yet another influence from a vehicle which was the F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet.  For this sneaker he modeled the sneaker’s upper section after the sharp maneuverability of the F-22. The lightweight and supportive features of this sneaker were mainly credited to the sculpted design and a stable extended heel counter. The sneaker had a triangular quilted pattern on the collar and a seamless bootie that helped to maximize comfort and breathability. Zigzag stitching was utilizing emphasize the look of the fighter jet as well.  When one would combine all these features it very apparent how influential the F-22 Fighter Jet was to the design of this sneaker.

For more traction on the sneaker a chevron pattern was introduced.

One of the very remarkable things about this sneaker is that it contained super-strong and lightweight titanium that was used for the lace eyelets as well as the mid foot support system. The Air Jordan XXII also utilized the Independent Podular Suspension system that was used in the Air Jordan XXI. This version was updated from the previous one to improve on items that were considered to be somewhat faulty. The removable pods for this sneaker were now square in shape with a little tongue to pull them out making it much easier to interchange them. The Zoom Air were also double stacked, which helped to reduce the cushioning hardness. For more traction on the sneaker a chevron pattern was introduced.

This is a break down of the Air Jordan XXII from the official Jordan Brand website when the sneaker was released:


  • 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 leathers 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 in 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 not only dissipate heat but 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 both 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 maximizes air flow.


  • 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 along with Air and IPS technologies.


  • Variable Independent Podular Suspension: IPS cushioning technology has evolved to a colour coded visible, interchangeable pillar, with either 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.

Special Moments:

One of the most special moments for this sneaker was the date that it was released to the masses. The Air Jordan XXII was debuted on February 17, 2007 during NBA All Star weekend for Michael Jordan’s 44th birthday. In 2007, the Jordan brand made a big move by opening the first Jordan only stores in Shanghai, Shenyen, Guangzhou and Beijing. To commemorate this occasion the Jordan brand released its first products that was geared for a non US-based market with the XQ Collection, which means “celebration” in Mandarin.

During this year the Jordan brand also released the Spiz’ikes which was a sneaker to pay homage to film director Spike Lee. The sneaker was a blend between the Air Jordan III, IV, V, VI, IX and XX…these were all the commercials that were done by Lee. Like everything else that sported the Jordan brand seal of approval these sneakers were very popular within the sneaker community and sold very well.

  • old swagg

    never really liked any J past 17’s…

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