Adrian Crawford

Three decades on, the Air Jordan 6 Retro ‘Carmine’ remains a must-have


Q: What are an OG Air Jordan fan’s two favorite words?

A: “Nike Air.”

This may not be scientifically accurate, but you can study the Instagram feed and Twitter replies all day long and confirm it for yourself.

There’s little denying the extra heat that surrounds a retro release incorporating the original “Nike Air” branding on the classic Jordan models that dropped before the brand’s spun off from the Swoosh in 1997.

In 2020 alone, we saw the Air Jordan 3 Retro SE ‘Denim,’ the Air Jordan 4 Retro ‘Fire Red’ and the Air Jordan 5 Retro ‘Fire Red’ all reappear in OG form boasting not the Jumpman, but those seven characters at the heel.

Those pairs were all snapped up like hotcakes (much like every Jordan retro release of 2020, if we’re being honest) and the talk of the ‘gram and the sneaker blog world was all about that “Nike Air.”

And longtime fans and lovers of those original details are in luck, with a forthcoming Jumpman release bringing the same branding back on another classic silhouette and colorway.

An original 1991 colorway back for its third retro appearance, the Air Jordan 6 Retro ‘Carmine’ returns to mark the silhouette’s 30th anniversary in resplendent OG form.

Featuring Carmine red suede on the underlays and toebox contrasting against crisp white leather overlays, black detailing and translucent blue outsoles, it’s the perfect way to pay tribute to three decades of an iconic entry in the Jordan lineage.

SLAM Magazine’s Abe Schwadron even goes so far as to say that, before its 2008 retro release, “the ‘Carmines’ were among the most talked-about rare sneakers on the re-sale market” and join the ‘Infrared’ AJ6 among the top 10 Jordan colorways. Whew.

See for yourself when the Air Jordan 6 Retro ‘Carmine’ arrives in full family sizing on 2/13 at and in stores via mobile app reservation.

How to Purchase

– Available at or in select stores via mobile app reservation on 2/13.

– To enter for a reservation of the Air Jordan 6 Retro ‘Carmine’ in Men’s or Grade School sizing head to our mobile app on Monday, 2/8 at 3pm EST. Reservations will close on Tuesday2/9 at 10am EST.

– Reserved pairs can be picked up in store.

– STATUS members, redeem your points for more entries.

– No pairs will be sold in stores on 2/13, only at

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