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Air Jordan VI, Air Jordan 6

Air Jordan VI, Air Jordan 6

The Air Jordan 6 was released during the 1990-1991 NBA season, the best ever for the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. The Bulls won against the LA Lakers in the finals and won the NBA Championship and Jordan got his second Most Valuable Player award.

After loosing the first game, they won four straight games and people realized that the Bulls were the strongest team in the NBA in a long time.

The Air Jordan VI sneaker was designed, once again, by Tinker Hatfield. This time, Michael Jordan got more involved and specifically ordered to have clean toes. As a result, this was the first air Jordan to have reinforcement around the toe.

Also, on past models, Michael Jordan complained that he had troubles when putting the shoe on, so this time Hatfield added two holes on the top of the tongue and a loop (or a “spoiler”) on the back. He used the concept of clear rubber soles and lace locks from the Air Jordan 5, but the look and the feel of the new shoe were completely different.

Air Jordan VI Olympic

Air Jordan VI Olympic

The Air Jordan 6 was the second model to have the clear rubber sole. Many parent complained that the soles of the previous air Jordan 5 were collecting dust and making the shoe slippery, many of the kids ending up on the floor. The Air Jordan 6 got this problem solved with a much more solid rubber.

Michael also made sure to specify that he wanted the heel tab to have a design that would make it not hit his Achilles tendon. Thus, the Jordan 6 was the first shoe to have the structure of the back molded on the foot of the player.

Another design element that was incorporated the number Michael’s player number. If you looked from different angles, you could distinguish the number 23.

Air Jordan 6 Retro

Before an Air Jordan 6 Retro was ever released, Nike published a few designs of the black/black-infra-red model with reversed midsole colors. Collectors all over the world immediately started complaining, claiming that Nike butchered a classic.

Nike took notice of this and released an Air Jordan 6 Retro that looked just like the original. The “butchered” were still released, but in a much smaller number and are now sold for over five times the price of the regular retros.

For the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Nike released a special Air Jordan VI Retro in Olympic colorways. There were only 3000 pairs ever made and they were sold for a fortune.

In 2005, Nike released a special Black/Gold Air Jordan 6 Retro, together with a White/Black/Gold Jordan 11 in a “Defining Moments Package”, to celebrate the defining moment of Michael Jordan’s first championship.

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