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A Look Back At the Six Different Infrared 6s

November 25th, 2014 by / 62


This Friday’s release of the Air Jordan VI “Infrared” caps off one of the most aggressive and ambitious celebrations of Air Jordan milestones. 2014 marked the 23rd year of the VI, and Jordan Brand was relentless in reminding you of this Tinker Hatfield-designed model, using enticing Retro releases in OG and new form. The first-ever Sport Blue Retro made its way onto store shelves, and some sick materials were presented to us in Cigar and Champagne form, but the magnus opus of the 6 is clearly what the brand had saved for last.




This sneaker is known as the shoe that MJ rocked en route to his first ring, and over the years we’ve seen several iterations of this iconic shoe. After the OG is five different installments, which include true-to-detail Retro releases, unreleased samples, Packs, and controversial changes that left the shoes collecting dust on store shelves. Without further ado, take a look back at the six different Infrared 6s of the past and stay tuned for this Friday’s release at Jordan retailers worldwide

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1991 OG Release

The unparalleled history of the Air Jordan VI starts in 1991 when Tinker put pen to paper and designed what would be one of the most transcendent creations in the Jordan line. Worn by Michael en route to his first champion and a most valuable player award, the model instantly became iconic. The proof is in that 23 years later we’re still talking about them, whether they are up for grabs via general release or otherwise. 


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2000 Retro with Nike Air

Nine years and multiple championships and MVP trophies later, the “Infrareds” finally made their triumphant return. They settled into a matured sneaker community that knew its history and more importantly, valued the style that shaped the culture in which they so eagerly participate. Releasing in August of 2000, their retail price of $120 came quite close to mimicking the coveted OG pair. 


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1999/2000 Reverse Sole Sample

A gem not often seen and discussed even less, the reverse sole sample of the Infrareds surfaced in 1999 slightly predating the shoes first retro. It differed by way of its full-length infrared paneling above the midsole paired with vibrant Nike Air script on the heel. Said to be considered the 2000 retro at some point, they never were, and rest only in our minds. Well, there and on eBay.

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2010 Varsity Red

Some prefer Varsity Red, others opt for Infrared. Its solely personal preference and you’d be hardest pressed to hear us disagree with either stance. 2010?s Varsity Red drop switched things up in a way that only sneaker purist would recognize. It’s an endearing release that adds yet another layer to the celebrated history of the VI’s, although the change in red tone didn’t sit well with some Jordan fans.

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2010 Infrared Pack

Once thought to be a Asia-Exclusive, the 2010 Infrared Pack finally made its way stateside in June of 2010. The pack retailed for $310, which was similar to the pricing structure for the Countdown Pack(s) back in 2008. But even more critical, this is one of the last times infrared looked as it did in years past. This two-pair set was a bit of a headscratcher because prior to the Pack hitting retail, the two Varsity Red versions were made available. Why did Jordan Brand release two different black/red Jordan 6s in one year? Nobody will ever know.

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2014 Black Friday Retro

We arrive 23 years after the original release of the Air Jordan 6 “Infrared”. It closes out a long year of awesome bringbacks like the “Sport Blue” and fresh concepts that honor MJ’s legacy like the “Cigar” and “Champagne” release. Despite what Jordan Brand offered this year, the Black/Infrared Air Jordan 6 is without question the pick of the litter – and we’re open to debate your counterpoint. Cop these this Friday at Jordan retailers.




FERGUSON, Missouri — When Londrelle Hall and Ray Mills heard about the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, they decided they wanted to do something not only to pay tribute, but also to change the image of African-American men. That’s when the pair decided that they would run more than 540 miles from Atlanta to Ferguson, Missouri, in hope of making a difference.

Neither of the men considers himself a runner; in fact, both have full-time jobs — Mills, 29, running a credit repair company in Atlanta and Burbank, California, and Hall, 28, as a videographer and artist. But when they heard about the killing, Hall said, it gave them a reason to run.

“I had a reason to run, not to run from my problems, but to run towards a problem and run for the problems of the world and the problems of America and what’s going on now.” he said.

The two men took a few weeks to train before embarking on a journey that took them through five states in rain, sleet, hail and snow, over 20 days, running and walking about 35 miles per day, leading them to the Michael Brown memorial in Ferguson where the teen was shot.

“You look at the news on TV for so long, then you make the decision to come, to run, and then you finally get here, and it’s like, ‘Wow,’” Mills said. “It really took the breath out of me. I was at a loss for words finally arriving.

“While Brown was the inspiration for Mills and Hall to “run for justice,” their mission became about more than just the Ferguson teen.

“Statistically, it seems like in our community we [black men] are incarcerated or doing nothing. We want to go against the grain and not be another statistic, and we wanted to inspire other people to do the same.” Mills said. Hall agreed, adding, “We want to show that people who look like us can be doing something positive.”

The run wasn’t always easy for the Atlanta natives, but along the way, they gained a following on social media that kept them going. Together, they got 50 to 60 inspirational texts from their followers per day.


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