Air Jordan 22 was released on Michael Jordan's 44th birthday, February 17, 2007. This is the 22nd model in the Air Jordan series which dates back to Michael Jordan's rookie season in 1985. Like prior Air Jordans, the design of the Air Jordans 22 was inspired by a work of art off of the court. Previous models were designed after such things as Michael's own Ferrari, the X-15 fighter jet, and even the P-51 Mustang. The Air Jordan XX2 took inspiration from one of the most advanced fighter jets in the world - the F-22 Raptor. The first thing one will notice about the Air Jordan Retro 22 is how translucent the clear part of the sole is. The clear sole sticks to the court making it possible to make cuts and stops like no other. With a podular like outsole, one can make moves on the court better than ever before.