The Origin of the Air Jordan 2 “UNC” PE

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Following Monday night’s victory over Gonzaga, Carolina blue fever spread all over social media with Jordan Brand representatives Frank Cooke and Don C posting pics of an Air Jordan 2 “UNC” PE — not an official nickname by the way, just our best take — and matching Just Don shorts. The MJ tagging and powder blue placement was classic Carolina, but the red heel hits and outsole tagging was a tad peculiar.

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Upon some research and an inside scoop from our main man @airlessjordan, it’s clear this newly produced pair — which will hopefully release at retail — is derivative of an OG sample made for Mike to wear during an alumni game.

Michael Jordan in his Air Jordan 2 “UNC” PE (photo via Brannock)

Unearthed some years ago by our homie Todd Krevanchi and covered by our friends at Kicks On Fire and Complex, this pair certainly serves as one of the first Air Jordan PEs ever made, joining the likes of Mike’s ankle-brace toting 1s and the now retail released 1.5.

Take a closer look at the OGs below and let us know if you’re hoping these get the proper retro release in 2017.

Air Jordan 2 “UNC” PE (photo via Kicks On Fire)

In hindsight, should these have made our Tar Heel Heat feature?

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