The two holes in the tongue and loop on the back were designed by Tinker so MJ could get the shoe on easier.
One of the only qualms MJ reportedly had with Jordan’s 1-5 was the difficulty in putting on each respective shoe. For the 6, Tinker Hatfield added two large holes to the tongue and a loop on the back — which he called a “spoiler” — to make the sneaker easier to put on. Not only did the new features aid in being able to slip the kicks on, they added a unique flair that makes the 6 standout amongst the other models in the line.
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One of MJ’s most famous shots happened while he was wearing the AJ6.
The amount of big shots and dunks Jordan had during his career is endless. At the top of the list, though, are only three that can be considered the true top three of all time: The jumper over Craig Ehlo in the 1989 Playoffs; the stepback jumper against the Jazz in the 1998 Finals; and the “I’m gonna go up for a dunk, oh shoot, there’s Sam Perkins, let me switch hands in mid-air” layup against the Lakers in the ‘91 Finals. The acrobatic layup goes down as one of Jordan’s most impressive baskets ever and he did it while wearing the 6, further adding to the legacy of the underrated sneaker.
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The 1990-1991 season marked a turning point in Michael Jordan’s career. While he had been racking up individual accolades, MJ had not yet won his first NBA title and the clock was ticking. To put an end to all talk of him not being able to get over the hump, Jordan put together one of the best seasons of his career and led the Bulls to the franchise’s first NBA championship over Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers. The FInals victory began Jordan’s first three-peat with the Bulls and launched his career to new heights.
BUY NOW: Champs Sports
Twenty-three years later, the Jordan Brand is releasing the “Sport Blue” OG retro version of the Jordan 6 at Champs Sports — the shoes MJ wore on his feet when he won his first ring. Though not as mainstream as some of the other sneakers in the Jordan line, the 6 is as important as any other sneaker MJ ever wore due to the milestones he reached in 1991. To celebrate the release of the Sport Blue 6, here are a few facts, quirks, and eccentricities about the Air Jordan 6 that you probably didn’t know.
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