Can you believe we're already half way through 2019? June is indeed here, and that means it's time to continue our calendar-year-long celebration of Air Jordans. For the sixth month, we're on to the Air Jordan 6 for a look at its legendary style and history.
The Jordan 6 from 1991 is not only one of the most celebrated basketball shoes ever for its design, it's also one of the most historically important models to the entire Air Jordan franchise. That is, of course, because it was the shoe Michael Jordan wore when he won his first NBA Championship. The Jordan 6 was on MJ's feet throughout the 1990-91 NBA season en route to the Chicago Bulls' title, after finally getting the better of the Detroit Pistons "Bad Boy" era squad in the Eastern Conference and then beating the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals. Tinker Hatfield's fourth Air Jordan masterpiece in a row, the shoe featured familiar design elements — clear rubber on the outsole, visible Air, oversized tongue, lace lock, etc. — but presented them in a fresh and sleek new way. With the inclusion of a heel tab "spoiler," the 6 was the first of many Air Jordans that took obvious inspiration from Jordan's love of luxury sports cars.
Like everyone else, we here at Stadium Goods love the Jordan 6. Picking only six versions of the model to showcase below was no easy task, but we think we got it down to the perfect blend of the most iconic, most coveted, and best looking versions of the Air Jordan 6 in our inventory. See if you agree.
There's only one place to start when it comes to talking about the best Air Jordan 6s. The most famous and most historic colorway of the silhouette is the original "Black/Infrared." Debuted on court by Jordan in the 1991 NBA All-Star Game, this was also the colorway he wore throughout the playoffs that year, and the shoe on his feet when he clutched his first Larry O'Brien trophy. The "Infrared" colorway returned in glorious OG form this February, perfectly timed with the All-Star Game returning to Charlotte.
The boldest OG colorway of the Jordan 6 is this "Carmine" edition, featuring a high-contrast white and red upper with black accents. Jordan wore these throughout most of the regular season in '90-91, when he wasn't wearing his "White/Infrared" pairs. The Carmine 6s were one of the most highly anticipated releases from the epic Countdown Pack collection in 2008, which was the first time the colorway ever retroed. Pictured here is its second return from 2014.
One of the most celebrated of all the many releases from Nike's annual Doernbecher Freestyle collection benefiting the Portland, Oregon children's hospital is the Air Jordan 6 from 2009. The design by then-patient Jordan Dark features an all-suede upper embossed with stripes and graphics, including “06/08” and “04/09,” which are references to the dates of his first and last days of chemotherapy treatment during his battle with cancer. The colorway was re-issued this year to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Doernbecher Freestyle collection, and it once again dropped in very limited quantities. Now 21 years old, Dark is fully recovered from cancer, which adds a bonus feel-good story to the outstanding colorway.
The formula for this colorway from 2014 was simple, and very effective: take the iconic "Infrared" Jordan 6 and flip it. The result was the loudest edition of the silhouette ever.
Michael Jordan's two most iconic sponsors finally joined forces in 2017 for the Jordan Brand x Gatorade collaboration. The highlight of the entire project was this Air Jordan 6 in a striking green suede upper with orange accents, modeled after Gatorade's signature colors. They still won't make you play like Mike, but they certainly do look nice.
The year of Air Jordan 6 releases in 2019 started out hot with this unique colorway by Aleali May, who has been quickly building a portfolio of impressive Jordan Brand collaborations. The women's-exclusive look featured a pastel pink shade dubbed "Millennial Pink" by May across the nubuck upper with Bright Crimson accents. Just like the green suede "Gatorade" colorway above, May's colorway succeeds by bringing a fresh new color and premium materials to the always-perfect "Infrared" color block.