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Retro 6: The First Champoinship
There is no question that historic significance is a big factor when it comes to the popularity of various Jordan Retro sneakers. While many iconic shoes are tied to iconic moments, the Jordan Retro 6 is special because it was on Michael Jordan’s feet when he took home is first championship in 1991.
Michael Jordan would go on to win five more titles and he still has new signature shoes releasing to this day, but it is hard to compete with the very first title. In addition championship, MJ also took home a scoring title and his second MVP award to cap off a legendary season that basketball fans still reflect on.
The Jordan Retro 6 featured a few new innovations like a reinforced toe box, two holes in the tongue for easy on and off, and a molded heel tab on the back of the shoe to protect the Achilles tendon. In keeping with the Retro 5, this new shoe also featured an icy outsole. The shoe is famous among sneakerheads for being the last Air Jordan to feature the Nike Air logo. The shoe featured a pull tab inspired by a sports car as a nod to Jordan’s love of motorsports racing. It was also the first Jordan to feature an inner bootie.
Like plenty of other Jordan Retro shoes, the Retro 6 crept into mainstream pop culture. It was featured in a few different influential films of the time and remains a part of mainstream pop culture today with appearances in movies, music videos, and more.
The technical innovations drove the original Air Jordan 6’s popularity, but the history associated with the shoe is what keeps sneakerheads coming back to the Retro 6 today. Originally released in 1991, the shoe has been frequently retro’ed over the years. Popular Retro 6 colorways include the OG models – ‘Infrared,’ ‘Maroon,’ ‘Sport Blue,’ ‘Carmine’ – as well as a number of new colorway released over the years.
They are always popular and in high demand, so when you get the chance, don’t hesitate to pick up a piece of basketball, sneaker, and pop culture history.
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