If you asked around the sneaker community, most sneakerheads would agree that the Air Jordan ‘Black Infrared’ 6s are high in the ranks as one of the best shoes of all time. Not only are these beautifully designed, but they have some serious history behind them. Jordan won his first championship in these in 1991 when the Bulls defeated the Lakers. But many forget that these historic sneakers made their presence known well before that Championship series even started. Jordan debuted the Air Jordan 6 ‘Black Infrared’ to the world back in February of 1991 when he stepped out on the court in Charlotte in front of his home state to play in the NBA All-Star game. Debuting a shoe to the world was very different back then. There weren’t any debut events or fuzzy pictures taken on a flip phone to leak the shoe to the world.
The shoes were designed by the legend, Tinker Hatfield after MJ’s favorite German sports car. While the silhouette is simplistic and perfect to most, it’s grown to have a reputation off the court as a favorite of many celebrities and influential people over the years. The ‘Infrared’ color has become so popular over the years that Jordan Brand decided to rename it to “Infrared23.” The color isn’t just for the 6s anymore, it is now featured on multiple other Jordan Brand models.
While it hasn’t been that long since we last saw a release of this popular shoe, we are now getting it with classic touches like ‘Nike Air’ on the heel. Back in 2014 when they last dropped, people had said the ‘Infrared’ color was too pink and not enough like the original, but Jordan Brand nailed every detail on this years release. The 2019 version brings back the 1991 feel, with ‘Nike Air’ on the heel and the Jumpman x Nike lace lock and ‘Infrared’ accents. It also maintains the reflective heel detailing and nubuck of the original. Crafted to mirror the original iteration, the 2019 Air Jordan VI also features a PU molded sockliner.