It goes without saying that the Air Jordan line is the most historic series of sneakers ever. Now up to 33 flagship models that each have their own unique story, the Air Jordan franchise obviously has some models that are more important than others — there's no debating that the Air Jordan 4 is more important than the Air Jordan 2010, for instance — and few more significant than the one we're here to talk about today, the Air Jordan 6 in its original "Black/Infrared" colorway.
There are a number of important firsts in the Air Jordan line. Just to name a few: The Air Jordan 3 is the first to feature the Jumpman logo and visible Air. The Air Jordan 5 introduced translucent rubber on the outsole. And the Air Jordan 7 was the first to feature no Nike branding on the exterior design. One of the biggest firsts of the Air Jordan line is not related to the design of the shoe, but what Michael Jordan achieved on the court while wearing them. The Air Jordan 6 was the model Jordan won his first NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls in. And more specifically, the "Black/Infrared" colorway was the one he raised his first Larry O'Brien trophy and earned his first Finals MVP honors in. With the NBA currently in Playoffs mode, we thought it would be as good a time as ever to look at this sneaker that's crucially linked to the league's most exciting time of the year.
The "Black/Infrared" Jordan 6 was there all along the way to Bulls' first title, worn by Jordan throughout the 1991 Playoffs before facing off against Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers to easily take the series in five games. During the series came one of MJ's earliest iconic Playoffs moments, the layup where he switched the ball from one hand to the other while suspended in the air. "A spectacular move by Michael Jordan!"
The impeccable look of the Air Jordan 6 "Black/Infrared" surely didn't need any help becoming one of the best Jordans ever. Its historic importance is just icing on the cake. Today it stands indisputably as an icon of not only Jordan Brand, but of all basketball sneaker history. To the delight of all Air Jordan fans, the colorway returned in February in its true-to-OG form, complete with Nike Air branding on the heel. The best retro of the colorway yet, it's also Jordan Brand's biggest release of the year to date. If you haven't already secured yours, pick up a pair here at Stadium Goods.