Jordan 6 Rings History
The sneaker game would not be complete without the legendary Air Jordan line. In fact, it is said that it was Jordan’s career as a basketball player not to mention the controversies and the marketing stunts involved in promoting his kicks that prompted the rise of the sneakerhead culture.
Its history began in 1984 during one of Nike’s all-time lows. To regain the business’ strength in the market, they sought the help of then-rookie Michael Jordan. The company reportedly offered him an unprecedented deal that couldn’t be matched by his preferred brands. The result was an endorsement contract and countless Jordan designs.
The classic Air Jordan 1, which was designed by Peter Moore in 1985, was definitely a game-changer as it spawned millions of fanatics. The shoes that followed, though, also had its own amusing stories. Michael Jordan’s crowning moments in his career, however, is summed up in one shoe, the Jordan 6 Rings.
The 6-rings franchise
But before dwelling further in the 6 Rings Jordan nitty-gritty, it should be imperative to take a stroll back in history and look back at the models that put Micheal at the top. These quintessential pieces of his legacy became a part of a ripple that shaped the whole basketball timeline and had entitled Michael, to some as others suppose, as the G-O-A-T. Before the Jordan Brand franchise grew to what it is now, there were a few sneaker iterations that rest closer to his heart. And it starts with the Air Jordan VI.
Every man or woman’s first time, undoubtedly, is memorable whether one has bad disorientation or whatnot. For our humble superstar, it surely was. And what was Jordan wearing when he snagged the victory away from his arch nemesis Magic Johnson? Yes, it was the Air Jordan VI in a Black/Infrared colorway.
At its first unveiling, the Air Jordan VI can be purchased in five colorways mainly the Carmine, Sport Blue, Maroon, and two versions of the Infrared. But above all, the devirginizing sneaker was one of the prestigious creations of Tinker Hatfield, the designer who brought back the dying flame that Moore started. Nevertheless, a historical sneaker like the AJ VI also has its downfalls like it was the last shoe to showcase the visible Air bubble and the Nike branding as the franchise was getting ready to separate from its mother brand.
The retro Air Jordan VII was a heralding follow-up to the VI given that Michael Jordan kept his promise to Chicago fans that he holds the Championship trophy at his home court. The AJ VII redistributes the majesty of the Huarache’s neoprene material and gives it a Jordan touch by utilizing it for its inner bootie construction.
The AJ VIII was the silhouette in the JB franchise which witnessed Mike’s retirement, eventually his first. After a brief hiatus in the basketball court, Jordan returned in 1995 with much more passion for helping his former team achieve the lost trophy it truly deserves. Unfortunately, they were beaten down by the Magic as spearheaded by the Penny and Shaq combo.
With a burning desire to take the title and a lot of things going on in the back of his head, Jordan came back in 1996 stronger than ever. In line with this, a shoe with a complete set of features for success must be his sidekick in reaching his endeavor. Then came the Air Jordan XI and the basketball, or better yet, the sneaker world was shaken permanently.
In terms of design and sales, the Air Jordan XI was the cream of the crop. Not only did it bring beauty into the footwear table but it also employed a good heap of technological feats that make it “stand out” of the Jordan franchise crowd. Nonetheless, it was relatively Mike’s favorite model as he was seen wearing it in the majority of the 1995-1996 NBA Season up to the Playoffs.
Following the branch out of the Jordan Brand from its mothership was the Air Jordan XII which is now famously known as the “Flu Game” shoe. Rocking the same technological advancement of a carbon fiber shank from its predecessor, the XII also introduced us to an eccentric nomenclature such as the TWO 3 at the tongue. But most of all, the sneaker gained the most hype as it was worn by Michael Jordan during Game 5 of the 1997 Finals while having a bad case of sickness.
Deemed as the most comfortable Jordan of them all, the Air Jordan XIII was one the most memorable iterations in the Jordan anthology. Thanks to the head-turning panther-paw tooling, the sneaker continued to bring something new to the collection. It shared the same limelight in Mike’s last season as a Bull with the Air Jordan XIV which brought us the Jumpman emblem on the base of the laces.
A collation of trophies
The Jordan 6 Rings was a sneaker that combined all the shoes MJ used at the peak of his career. Launched in 2008, 20 years after his retirement as a Chicago Bulls player, the Jordan 6 Rings release date celebrated his and his team’s NBA championship triumphs in the year 1991-1993 and 1996-1998.
Air Jordan enthusiasts will readily detect the Jordan XI’s and XIII’s influence in the design of this shoe. The former sharing its classy look with the addition of patent leather and ribbed mesh upper while the latter gives it a somewhat aggressive appearance with its sole that resembled a panther’s paw.
The detailing borrowed from other AJ models, although subtle, made this shoe even more attractive. Its lace locks and heel loops were acquired from the VI; the Huarache style sockliner was taken from the VII while its fuzzy tongue logo, Phylon Zoom Air, and Velcro strap all came from the VIII. To complete its look, it also adopted the XII’s “TWO3 logo” stitching on the tongue as well as the XIV’s “Jumpman” insignia at the bottom of the tongue.