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Worn during Michael Jordan's first back-to-back NBA championship and first Finals MVP, the Jordan 6 was designed by the legendary Tinker Hatfield. The low version is released 11 years later, and it features a richly overlaid upper, Nike Air units within the polyurethane midsole, and a tacky outsole.
Cushion. Nike Air units are embedded in the forefoot and heel areas of the shoe’s dense Polyurethane midsole. The foam is low to the ground and adds a good amount of court feel.
Traction. The outsole has a combination of solid and clear rubber. The transparent areas are a bit tacky and may attract dust and debris. When kept clean, the outsole performs well. As for the shoe’s tread pattern, the whole plane is filled with holes of varying sizes.
Length and Width. Wearers with pudgy feet will appreciate the extra room. As for users with regular-sized feet, they can go with their standard basketball shoe sizes and just lace the shoes up tighter than usual. One tester suggests inserting a thicker insole. Doing this greatly improved the fit for him.
Lockdown. The shoe’s secure fit comes from its traditional lacing system, nothing more and nothing less. It is important to note, however, that the Retro Low model has an extra tongue feature that alters the way the shoe is laced at the top.
Depending on the colorway, the upper may be made of full-on nubuck, synthetic leather, or both. Versions that utilize both materials make the best of both worlds as the stiff leather is placed in key areas that need support while the softer nubuck is in areas that need some give such as the toe area. The shoe is peppered with perforations on both medial and lateral sides, increasing the Jordan 6's breathability.
Detailings such as the TPU pull tab on the heel and the plastic lace lock on the forefoot give the shoe a touch of functionality. The pull tab, in particular, allows for easy wearing.
The shoe's polyurethane midsole houses two Nike Air units: one in the forefoot and another under the heel. The foam is quite dense, and it absorbs impact well. Lastly, the outsole uses a mix of clear and solid rubber compounds.
Compared to the Jordan 5, the 6 Retro Low sports a cleaner look that is free from accented detailing. The sewn overlays give the shoe depth and texture. The shoe’s tip is also removed as per MJ’s instructions. The Jumpman logo can be found in 3 areas of the shoe: the tongue, heel, and outsole.
Originally released in 2002, the Jordan 6 Low debuted in three colorways: the Black/Metallic Silver colorway, White/Carolina Blue and White/Metallic Silver/Pink.