Jordan Brand‘s Air Jordan 6 is set to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2021, so the Jumpman has announced that the seminal silhouette will release in its OG “Carmine” colorway as part of the festivities. The “Carmine” first retroed in 2008 as part of an iconic CDP pack alongside an Air Jordan 17 and last dropped in 2014, but this 30th anniversary model differentiates itself from its two retro predecessors in one major way: it’s the first pair since the 1991 original to feature Nike Air branding on the heel.
Worn by Michael Jordan on the path to his first ever NBA Championship, the “Carmine” serves up a signature mixture of white and red on its upper: the former appears on the collar, heel, midfoot overlays and throat while the latter graces toeboxes, quarters, neoprene throat shrouds and plastic lace toggles. Black also gets into the mix, adorning the cut-out tongue, collar lining and heel tab. The heel’s Nike Air hit is done up in red as well, with further branded embellishments appearing on the aforementioned throat shroud, lace toggle and tongue. Down below, midsoles mix black and white with a clear heel Air Max unit, icy blue pieces and a large Jumpman on the outsole to complete the look, one that — according to Jordan Brand — is true to original specifications.
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