behind the design
Designed by Tinker Hatfield in 1991, the Air Jordan VI was his fourth model with Michael. It was initially available in 5-colourways: infrared in two accents, Carmine, Sports Blue, and Maroon. When creating the shoe, Tinker's designs took both a functional and aesthetic view with the heel tab, for example, taking its inspiration from a Porsche's wing spoiler. Some of its features are borrowed from its predecessors, such as the sculpted midsole, Air heel cushioning, and translucent outsole.
myth of the Carmine
Although the Air Jordan VI is associated with MJs first Championship season in 1991, the Carmine's didn't see any game time till the following '91-92 season and was his colourway of choice for the first half of that season. Like many of Jordans iconic retros, this specific colourway was popular off-court, but its scarcity helped reinforce its coveted status. This release is the first time the Nike Air branding returns to the heel since its initial release.
end of an era
Although MJs career went into high gear with his first win in the AJ VI’s, several changes to the Jordan line helped immortalize all the silhouettes before them. The AJ VI was the last Air Jordan to have the Nike branding as Tinker and MJ moved towards promoting the Jumpman logo. The VI's were also the last Jordan’s to have a prominently visible Air bubble and were the last to be featured with Spike Lee's Mars Blackmon.