The history of the Nike Air Jordan VI begins in 1991. Although Michael Jordan had been playing in the NBA since 1985, he had yet to win a single ring. He had been MVP of the season in 1988 and was undoubtedly the best in the next two, although he did not win the individual grand prize, but the Detroit Pistons ended his hopes of victory. The fortunes of the giant born in New York changed forever when he won his first title with the Chicago Bulls after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in the final. That glorious season, Jordan wore the Air Jordan VI on his feet. From that moment the hype around the sneaker started growing immensly.
Originally released in 1991, the Air Jordan 6 definitely presents one of the most successful Jordan sneakears ever. Designed by Tinker Hatfield, the sneakers updated their predecessors in the best possible way. The original Air Jordan 6 went on sale in 1991 with a price of $125. They were available in five colors, among which were the black ones with red soles called ‘Infrared’ with which Jordan played the finals against the Lakers. In 2000, three models of the Air Jordan 6 were re-released, selling for $120. And in 2002 three lower versions came out that sold for $105.
In 2005, Nike and Jordan Brand released a special bundle called the ‘Defining Moments Package’, which included the Air Jordan 6 and Air Jordan 11. And as of 2014, Nike has continuously released different colors of the Air Jordan 6, with some as bold as pine green or gold. The reason? Without a doubt, its success among lovers of streetwear and rappers. One of them, Travis Scott, has contributed to creating his own version of it, whose main novelty is a mini exterior pocket.
Air Jordan 6 Design
For the Air Jordan 6, Jordan gave direct orders to designers to protect his toes. Tinker Hatfield, also the author of the Nike Air Jodan 3 and designer of the shoe, took note and made sure that the Air Jordan 6 had a reinforcement around the toe box, thus making the Air Jordan 6 the first basketball model to have that extra piece. Additionally, Tinker included two holes at the top of the tongue and a loop at the back, calling it “the spoiler,” not because it revealed any plots or gave away any secrets, but because it resembles the aero piece that can help slow you down. And isn’t Michael Jordan a magnificent flying object?
In addition, the Air Jordan 6 was the second model to have a transparent rubber sole. In this area, Nike used a material that was less slippery than in the Air Jordan 5, which had problems gripping when the ground was wet. Along with the reinforcement in the frontal area, Michael Jordan also asked Nike to make a shoe that did not bother his Achilles heel, since the Air Jordan 5 did not fit correctly in that area. To solve this problem, Nike included a special molded cushion to secure both the tendon and the heel of the Air Jordans. The result? Much more comfort when jumping and no strange movement.
Air Jordan 6 ‘Georgetown’ Design
For the ‘Georgetown’ retro model, designers introduced the signature colors of the Hoyas, teh team that lost to Michael Jordan’s North Carolina Tar Heels in the 1982 NCAA championship game. The iconic silhouette features a grey suede upper with perforated detailing and Huarache-like inner sleeve. Mixing with the neutral greys is the navy blue accents which can be seen on the heel tab, lace locks and Junpman branding embroided on the tongue and back heel. The two-tone polyurethane midsole features a visibile Air-sole unit and a translucent rubber outsole underfoot. This retro release will be available from September 3rd at selected retailers for the price of 200$.
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