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Air Jordan VI

Design story

Air Jordan 6 Porsche

Michael Jordan's personal car

Inspiration for the The Air Jordan VI’s design came from Michael Jordan’s slant nosed Porsche 911 Turbo and featured various design innovations. The influence can be seen in the fact that the shoe lacked a tip, or extra piece of material around the toe for durability. The clean toe look would become a staple of the line and basketball shoes in general. The large molded heel tab also mimicked the immense spoiler seen on the Porsche.

Other innovative features were the rubber tongue with finger holes which worked in conjunction with the large molded heel tab to make it easier for MJ to put the shoe on. Another design feature that would debut on the Air Jordan VI and would continue to be used in the Air Jordan line was the inner bootie sleeve which enhanced comfort and fit.

The Air Jordan VI carried over various design elements from its predecessor, such as the translucent sole, the visible Air-Sole unit, lace locks, and the use of 3M material which could be seen underneath the perforations on the shoe’s upper.

Original colorways

1991

White/Infra Red-Black

Black/Black-Infra Red

White/September Blue-Black

Off White-NW Maroon

White/Carmine-Black

Retro colorways

2000

Midnight Navy/Varsity Red-White

White/Midnight Navy

Black/Deep Infra Red

2002

Black/Metallic Silver - Low

White/University Blue - low

White/Coral Rose - Wmns low

2006

Black/Metallic Gold - “DMP”

2008

White/Carmine-Black

White/Varsity Red-Green Bean-New Blue

2009

Midnight Navy/White-Varsity Red-Metallic Gold

2010

Black/Varsity Red

White/Black - “Premium 'Motorsports”

White/Black - “Oreo”

Black/Varsity Red-True Blue-Light Graphite

Black/Varsity Purple-White-Varsity Maize

White/Varsity Red-Black

White/White-Infrared

Black/Black-Infrared

2012

White/Midnight Navy-Varsity Red

White/Metallic Gold-Gym Red

2014

White/Infrared-Black

Infrared 23/Black-Infrared 23

White/Carmine-Black

Raw Umber/Chilling Red-Team Red-Metallic Gold

Pure Green/Metallic Gold-Chilling Red-Black

Black/Light Lucid Green-Tour Yellow

Varsity Red/Classic Green-Black-White

White/Sport Blue-Black

Varsity Red/Varsity Red-White

Black/Infrared 23-Black

2015

White/Infrared 23-Black

Black/Metallic Silver-White

White/Ghost Green-Insignia Blue

Did you know, did you know, did you know?

  • The upper of the Air Jordan VI was designed to depict the number 23.
  • Singer Little Richard starred in a Nike commercial for the Air Jordan 6 as a genie who grants Mars Blackmon his wish to become Michael Jordan.
    Batman Air Jordan VI 2
  • Jordan won his first NBA title and Finals MVP by averaging 31.2 points, 11.4 assists, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game.
  • A boot version of the Air Jordan VI was designed by Tinker Hatfield for the 1992 Warner Bros. movie “Batman Returns”.

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