The first run of retro Air Jordans dropped in 1994, during that brief period when Michael Jordan had turned in the sneakers for baseball cleats. Nike executives were so over the whole Jordan thing that they even ordered Tinker Hatfield to stop working on new shoes. Though initial reactions were stale–the shoes sat for so long on shelves that people were eventually copping them for $20–it wasn’t long before retro releases picked up steam. Eventually, they became the definitive aspect of the Jordan Brand’s release calendar.
Over the years, we’ve seen the release of just about every original colorway ever, especially among the first 14 signature sneakers. But one original that has miraculously stayed sheathed is the maroon and white version of the Air Jordan VI.
Twenty-four years after the shoe first dropped, the “Maroon” Air Jordan VI is making a return today at Champs Sports. A quickstrike release, this one includes the original color scheme on the midsole, tongue, and heel, as well as the iconic Nike Air on the heel. (It’s been 15 years since a release of the Jordan VI included this aspect.)
The VI played a huge role in Jordan’s career. It was the sneaker he wore when he won his first NBA championship in 1991, and was involved in some memorable sneaker commercials with Spike Lee. Some of the more iconic colorways have been involved in everything from rap videos to movies, and the “Bred” version of the VI is considered one of the greatest Jordans ever.
For its part, the “Maroon” colorway of the Air Jordan VI is extremely unique. It’s one of the few original colors for MJ’s shoes that hasn’t been retroed yet. That alone makes it a classic. Don’t sleep.