Air Jordan VI. His Airness. 23. 1/6. The Air Jordan was released as the 6th silhouette in the Jordan line for the 90/91 season.
- Nike Air Jordan
- Durabuck™ Upper
- Perforated Sidewall Holes
- Absence of Nike Swoosh
- Translucent Ridged Midsole
- Air Window Unit + Air Cushioning
- Stretch Lace Pocket with Jumpman Logo
- Exoskeletal Synthetic Mould Heel Tab
Excellence Personified. The Infared colouway has become synonymous with MJ's dominant first ring finals performance. Dressed in black Durabuck (newer versions utilise suede), the heel counter features the Jumpman logo whilst the perforated sidewall holes are decorated with 3M detailing, giving the staple a glimmer in UV light. Red accents are present on the midsole and heel tab whilst the Jumpman on the stretch lace pocket also comes in red. One of the final Jordan's to feature an Air unit, the VI boasts Air cushioning in the sole for that familiar shock absorption, whilst the remaining portion of the lower midsole is icy translucent.
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Silhouette Explored — History
The beginning of a dynasty. 1/6. 6/1.
The Air Jordan VI was introduced for the 1990/91 season. It became the shoe that Michael Jordan picked up his first ring in. A record-setting year, MJ individually and collectively took home a number of awards, he averaged 31.5 points on the way to a scoring title, All NBA First (& Defensive 1st) team and the regular season MVP, whilst winning 61 games (a franchise record at the time), sweeping the Detroit Pistons in the ECF and then beating the Magic Johnson led Lakers on his way to a Finals MVP. Michael Jordan took to the '91 All Star Game in the Infared VI, a colour series popularised by the Air Max 90 a year before.
The Jordan VI was designed by Tinker Hatfield, the highlights of the silhouette being the ridged PU midsole, translucent sole and exposed Air unit. The VI was the first to introduce a reinforced toebox, as MJ found getting into the prior models difficult. The synthetic Durabuck™ upper featured perforated air holes, the heel counter was embroidered with Nike Air branding rather than the more modern Jumpman logo and the heel tab and tongue tab area were open and constructed of a moulded material via die-cut, an early ode to the design of the exoskeletal Air Huarache, which added flexibility and took design cues from the rear spoiler of the Porsche 911. The lace area (termed a stretch lace pocket) was partially covered with a Jumpman patch and the laces arrived with a fastener. Mystically, the Jordan VI became a foreseer of the future, he won his first wearing the VI and went on to win 6 rings - coincidence, we think not.
Notable Games & Events featuring the Jordan VI