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.
Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 6 ‘Black Infrared’ on February 16th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.
With 2019 off and rolling, we’ve seen Jordan Brand bring some classics back out and some new colorways that we haven’t seen before. Like they do every year for the NBA All-Star game, Jordan is coming for everyones pockets with all their drops that can’t be turned down. One of the many kicks they will be debuting is this new look Air Jordan Retro 1 High OG that is made new with weathered suede overlaying traditional tumbled leather with “SP 19 Air Jordan 1 Retro High” labeled across the lateral paneling. Dressed in a Tubro Green, White, Light Smoke Grey and Sail color scheme. This Air Jordan 1 comes in a pre-worn look that we haven’t seen on a Retro 1 before. Its Green and White upper with Yellow Nike Air tongue labels atop a Sail midsole and Grey rubber outsole completes the design. The UNC-esque color scheme is perfect for the release as they build off the hype of the All-Star game being in Charlotte.
Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 1 High OG ‘Flight Nostalgia’ on February 15th at Finishline.com. Raffle winners may pick up their pair from the store they picked for the reservation at a later date due to a delay in store inventory.
The 2019 NBA All-Star Game is going to held in Charlotte, North Carolina, and an Air Jordan Retro 9 inspired by Michael Jordan’s Carolina beginnings will be releasing just in time for the celebratory weekend. Usually when it comes to nods to MJ’s alma mater, that familiar shade of Carolina Blue takes center stage, but this time around it is Midnight Navy that is responsible for the most of this offering’s real estate. It’s only right that Jordan Brand pays homage to MJ’s history in the state with the classic colorways that honor his time in a Tar-heels jersey.
The sneaker’s textured leather upper is shaded in the clean hue, while glossy leather in dark navy is used to cover the rest of the style. Hits of light blue are also seen on the branded areas across the tongue and heel area, followed by a white outsole to top it all off. This Air Jordan 9 Retro dons a colorway that mixes a Tar Heel friendly palette of White, University Blue, and Midnight Navy with patent leather accents that are reminiscent of the 2002 release of the Air Jordan 9 Low ‘Pearl Blue’. That memorable low-top release is fondly remembered because of its clean look but you always need a high top to compliment the low top.
Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 9 ‘Pearl Blue’ on February 9th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.
Jordan Brand is no stranger to celebrating the Chinese New Year with signature kicks. Over the years we’ve seen JB give us some dope sneakers that honor the zodiac animal sign for that year. Zodiac themed Jordan’s are nothing new, we’ve seen Retros; team Jordan’s, and even special packs that honored the Chinese New Year. Some of the most notoriously known colorways are the Year of the Rabbit, Year of the Dragon, Year of the Snake and this year, we get the Year Of the Pig. Like last year, Jordan Brand is using the Retro 12 model to bring to life the storytelling practice of ancient Chinese patchwork and quilting (also known as 百家衣 / baijiayi). For centuries, Chinese patchwork has been given to children as a symbol of prosperity, strength and appreciation. Quilt pieces are sourced from multiple families in a community, which earned the patchwork a nickname, the “Hundred-families” robe.
This celebrated iteration of the shoe features a Black satin upper with White textured overlays atop a matching White rubber sole. Metallic Gold detailing and multicolored pattern on the inner lining, which could be a nod to the celebration of CNY, completes the design. One of the key embellishments featured on this year’s Air Jordan 12 ‘Chinese New Year’ design is its Black, fabric upper that is meant to either fade away with wear or be purposely removed to reveal a hidden layer of traditional Chinese Bai Jia Yi quilting. Underneath the fabric upper is an aforementioned colorful, eye-catching pattern that boasts vibrant combinations of Blue, Red, Yellow, and much more.
Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 12 ‘CNY’ on February 5th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.
We all know the story of Michael Jordan being cut from his high school varsity team when he was just an underdeveloped sophomore. We also know that devastating blow was what initially willed Jordan to become the greatest basketball player of all time. Both those defining moments took place at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. Back in 2000, Jordan Brand honored Jordan’s high school with an Air Jordan 5. The shoe has grown to become one of the best non-OG Air Jordan 5s, and was retroed for the first time back in 2013. Now, Jordan Brand is starting 2019 by opening a new chapter for the Laney series.
While previous Laney Air Jordan 5’s used a White leather as a base, this new color scheme dons a full-on varsity experience. Now, this new makeup has Blue nubuck being served as the base color for the upper, while a speckled Grey midsole offers contrast. A Yellow chenille material, similar to what you’d see on a letterman jacket’s patches appears on the tongue’s Jumpman, heel “23” logo and the sockliner, and the look is rounded out by a translucent outsole with more Yellow and Blue detailing.
Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 5 JSP ‘Laney’ on February 2nd at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.
For its 30th Anniversary, Jordan Brand will be celebrating the Air Jordan 4 by releasing a new and original retro colorways. Last week we saw the Women’s Retro 4 ‘Hot Punch’ start the year and the next one scheduled to kick off 2019 is the Air Jordan 4 SE Black Gum iteration. Dressing up the 1989 original model three separate times in its history, one in celebration of the brand’s 25th anniversary, the all-over pattern seamlessly fits along the upper of the mesh-infused model.
In the illustrious history of the Air Jordan 4 one of its most revered aesthetics is inarguably ‘Laser’. Now, this pair is coming dressed in a Black, White, and Gum Light Brown color scheme. This Air Jordan Retro 4 features a Black leather upper with 3M laser graphics. Red hits are seen on the “Flight” of the tongue and Jumpman logo on the outsole, while having White Jumpman logos on the tongue label and heel. A White midsole and Gum rubber outsole completes the design.
Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 4 SE ‘Black Laser’ on January 19th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.
Jordan Brand bodied 2018 like MJ on Muggsy Bogues in the ’90s and now they’re taking it up a notch to start 2019. When it comes to the sneaker world, some colorways get passed over for not having the “MJ effect”, which is the tie of Jordan wearing them in an important game or making a memorable play that people will never forget. Most people think of the Retro 13 when they hear a Jordan Retro in the ‘Flint’ color scheme. JB has never shied away from adding old color schemes to new silhouettes in its storied history and that’s just what we get on the next Air Jordan Retro 6.
Being one of the more popular non-original colorways from Jordan Brand is the ‘Flint’ color blocking, which was made famous on the Air Jordan 7, and later used on the Air Jordan 9, and Air Jordan 13. This Retro 6 gets done up with Grey suede covers the shoe’s underlay in a weathered-looking material while White leather is utilized on the rest of the upper. Black details break up the look, while hits of Indigo and Infrared add pop at the heel, tongue, and sole. Also unique to this colorway is a new branding tab on the lateral side that we’ve never seen on this model.
Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 6 ‘Flight Nostalgia’ on January 12th at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.
Premium is front and center on the latest collaboration by Aleali May and Jordan Brand. Taking the iconic Air Jordan 1 High OG and using rich, vibrant shades to color block, is making this release a beautiful one for the sneaker world. Bordeaux, Sunset Tint-Rush, Red-Light, and Armory Blue make up the upper and contrasts wonderfully.
Inside is a leather lining and diamond-quilted leather insoles with Aleali’s signature. Finishing the unique design are removable faux fur tongues, making this look versatile and perfect for the season.
Get your pair of the GORGEOUS Aleali May x Air Jordan 1 High OG ‘Viotech’ Saturday 12/22 at finishline.com.
2018 has been a big year for Jordan Brand. Dropping classic pairs from the archives, collaborating with an international soccer club, continuing the Jordan signature line to 33, breaking the record for the largest single sneaker drop in industry history and much more. Now, as the year comes to an end, the Jumpman is looking to keep that energy rolling in to 2019. While so many classic colorways got released this year, we also saw a flurry of new ones inspired by Jordans history and others that commemorate JB athletes and friends of the brand.
The upper is constructed almost entirely of a Light Navy/Slate Grey suede and leather, with complimenting accents of bold Royal Blue hits on the midsole, heel tab, and throat’s neoprene cover. A Grey midsole and icy translucent outsole then round off the look. Made of premium leather with nubuck accents, the bold and simple style is topped off with an icy translucent outsole.
Grab your pair of the Air Jordan Retro 6 ‘Diffused Blue’ on December 22nd at Finishline.com. Make sure you check with your local store for more release details.