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Air Jordan 6 Retro "Maroon"

The sixth Air Jordan holds a special place in the Jordan brand’s history. Michael Jordan wore these sneakers during a few firsts. They were worn during the MJ’s first NBA title, and when he won his first NBA Finals MVP.

During the ’91 Finals, the Bulls were playing the Lakers, and Jordan injured his foot during the second game. After suffering the injury, the training staff asked MJ if he wanted a special shoe to protect his foot or his AJ 6’s, and he responded with, “give me the pain.” His Airness and the Bulls took down the Lakers in five games, dismissing any doubt who was the king of the court.

Jordan told designer Tinker Hatfield to be sure the AJ 6 had a clean toe, so Tinker reinforced the area around the toe to deliver on Jordan’s order. MJ also did not want a heel tab to touch his Achilles tendon, so the silhouette was designed with a molded heel tab and two holes in the tongue to assist in putting on the sneaker. The AJ 6 also saw the return of a solid rubber outsole, due to complaints of the AJ 5 having a slippery sole. Along with a perforated upper, Tinker had a stylized “23” stitched on as the overlays on this silhouette.

The Jordan Brand is dropping a lot of classic silhouettes during the holiday season, and this week it’s the Air Jordan 6’s turn. Dressed in one of the original colorways for the AJ 6, the Air Jordan 6 Maroon is a classic.

Constructed with an all-leather, off white upper, the AJ 6 sports maroon accents on the tongue, lace lock, heel tab, midsole, and Jordan Branding. This retro also has the Nike Air logo on the heel. Tinker Hatfield designed the midsole with a Visible Air unit, and both, midsole and outsole, have grey accents.

The Air Jordan 6 Retro “Maroon” will be available on Saturday, Dec. 5th, in stores only, so check with your local City Gear for details. They will be in Men’s for $220, grade schoolers’ for $160, preschoolers’ for $80, and toddlers’ for $60. Cop this classic sneaker for a taste of Jordan history.