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Air Jordan 6

Year Released: 1990
Designer: Tinker Hatfield
Most Popular Colorways: White/Infrared, Black/Infrared, Carmine, Olympic, Defining Moments
First Retroed: 2000  

The Jordan II was luxury and the Jordan VI was inspired by MJ's personal luxury. Aside from the heel tab that was designed after Michael Jordan’s Porsche, this Jordan makeup was more of a Tinker Hatfield showcase including something from most of his designs—translucent soles, "Visible Air" in the sole, and it wouldn’t be a Jordan without new additions like the two-hole pull on the tongue which allowed for an easier entry of the foot borrowed by many kicks since. 

The Jordan VI again was just as important off-the-court as it was on the hardwood—it popped up in various television shows and also made its way to the big screen. Even today it's a staple in your favorite rapper's sneaker rotation, especially Yeezus. With rumors about the classic "Carmine" colorway coming back in 2014, it doesn't look like the Jordan VI is going to fade from sneaker culture anytime soon.

In '91 the Magic versus Jordan hype trumped anything going on in the league today, even without social media. Jordan finally led the Bulls past the Bad Boys of Auburn Hills for a match-up against the Lakers in the NBA Finals. MJ suffered an injury to his foot in the second game of the series. When asked if he wanted a special shoe to help protect the injury or his usual VIs — Michael simply responded to the training staff, "give me the pain." MJ took the Lake Show down in five games, making it clear he wore the crown in the NBA.