The Complete Colorway Ranking Of The Air Jordan 6


Making its debut back in 1991 with five original makeups, we present the complete colorway ranking of the Air Jordan 6 signature.

The VI will always remain a classic model in the Jordan catalog, not just for its standout design and plethora of quality colorways, but because it was THE Air Jordan in which MJ captured his first NBA Championship as the Bulls knocked off the Lakers in five games.

For big fans of the 6 model, 2014 has been a great year for releases and it only gets better with the imminent drop of the black/infrared Jordan 6 Retro once again. Not since 2010 have Jordan 6 enthusiasts had so many chances to add more pairs of this model to their collection.

But in all fairness, which pair ranks number one for you? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below!

26: Olympic Patent

Year(s) Released: 2008

Why you ask? Because they had a theme to them. Themes don’t always work, as is the case with 2008s ‘Olympic’ Air Jordan 6 Retro. The embroidered design on the toe, patent leather upper and multi-color accents didn’t help this pair out. When you think of Olympics, you don’t think of these colors.

25: Pistons

Year(s) Released: 2010

When you think of the ‘worst’ colorways of the Air Jordan 6 Retro, it’s pretty clear what’s at the bottom of the barrel. This “Pistons” edition is definitely there. The colorway is actually not bad, its the use of various materials on the upper that made people stray away from these when they dropped in 2010, and still do today.

24: Low Women's White/Coral Rose

Year(s) Released: 2002

While there’s nothing wrong with the women’s Air Jordan 6 Retro Low, when you put it up against other colorways of the AJ6, it just doesn’t compare. Nice and well executed, but they are a women’s colorway, after all.

23: Lakers

Year(s) Released: 2010

The “Lakers” edition of the Air Jordan 6 Retro featured a mixture of leather and reflective 3M throughout the upper, with multi-color contrast stitching. While some think its unique, some think there’s too much going on with these. Maybe if they featured a slightly different look, people would view them differently…us included.

22: Low White/University Blue

Year(s) Released: 2002

Like the black and metallic silver AJ6 Retro Low, this pair was also done in a colorway you couldn’t dislike. If you preferred black, you went with those. If not, you tried to get these. A perfect summer shoe.

21: Champagne

Year(s) Released: 2014

While this pair was executed perfectly, many people felt that the “Cigar” pair was better. While we can’t argue that statement, this colorway still did its job, with its on-point design. The glow-in-the-dark detailing was a nice touch too.

20: Brazil

Year(s) Released: 2014

The “Brazil” Air Jordan 6 Retro was one of those pairs that had they dropped solo, people would have been more excited for them. The fact they were very limited, came in a $500 pack and alongside a CP3.VII AE model people didn’t really want, hurt the appeal of this pair.

19: Cigar

Year(s) Released: 2014

While most ‘unique’ colorways of Air Jordan’s are a hit or miss with fans, the “Cigar” edition was one of those pairs people hated to love. The design executed the inspiration perfectly, and didn’t go too far to ‘OD’ it either.

18: Oreo

Year(s) Released: 2010

The “Oreo” theme made its way onto the Air Jordan 6 Retro in 2010. The clean white and black colorway featured a speckled midsole and back heel pull tab to add a little more flavor to this pair.

17: GMP

Year(s) Released: 2012

Originally an early sample of the “DMP” edition, this Air Jordan 6 Retro features a white-based upper with gold accents. A part of the “Golden Moments” Pack alongside an Air Jordan 7 Retro, they fit the theme perfectly and are certainly a clean colorway.

16: Off White/New Maroon

Year(s) Released: 1991

The final OG Air Jordan VI that has yet to be retro’ed. While there are some who have been begging for these to release, others weren’t too big a fan of the off white/maroon color combo, and our guess is JB might not be either. However, when they do finally come back, they shouldn’t have an issue selling out.

15: Motorsports

Year(s) Released: 2010

After a few exclusives, Jordan Brand blessed us in 2010 with a “Motorsports” Air Jordan Retro. The clean white upper with black accents, elephant print liner, Motorsports branding and smokey pieces on the outsole made for a perfect all-around makeup. And that leather, too dope.

14: Spiz'ike

Year(s) Released: 2014

Made to pay homage to the OG Spiz’ike, this Air Jordan 6 Retro took the accent colorways and applied them as the main colors. The all-red upper with white accents and subtle hits of green and black made for another nice red-based AJ6.

13: Slam Dunk

Year(s) Released: 2014

All-red AJ6s have become some of the most popular retros of this model, instantly. This recently released “Slam Dunk” edition was well-received with its attention to detail, clear accents and full translucent outsole.

12: White/Navy

Year(s) Released: 2000

One of the first Air Jordan 6 Retros released. The white and midnight navy makeup kept the OG color blocking, replacing the traditional red with navy blue. A perfect replacement in our judgement and a pair very sought after these days.

11: White/Varsity Red

Year(s) Released: 2010

Much like the black/varsity red pair, the white/varsity red release of 2010 was a nice pair to rock for those who couldn’t get their hands on the limited ‘Infrared’ Pack. And this came at a time when no white/infrared retro had released prior.

10: Low Black/Metallic Silver

Year(s) Released: 2002

The AJ6 went low for the first time in 2002. While there are plenty out there that hate it, mainly because they originally were only in high top, many others were a fan of these. The fact they were limited at the time and came in a colorway people enjoyed, helped open people’s eyes to an AJ6 Low.

9: Black/Varsity Red

Year(s) Released: 2010

While the shade of red and material are really the only difference, 9-out-of-10 people prefer ‘Infrared’ over ‘Varsity Red.’ However, at a time when there wasn’t an Infrared retro in sight, the varsity red 2010 release did its due diligence.

8: Doernbecher

Year(s) Released: 2009

The third Jordan x Doernbecher collaboration, the Air Jordan 6 Retro DB was released in 2009. They were the first AJ6 to feature a full translucent outsole. The navy blue-based suede upper with gold and red accents really helped tie in the creator’s design and was well-received by fans.

7: Sport Blue

Year(s) Released: 1991, 2014

One of the final OG Air Jordan VIs to retro, the ‘Sport Blue’ edition was the only pair to feature blue accents. If you like blue or wanted a pair of Jordans in something other than red, this was a perfect iteration for you. When retro’ed in 2014, they were well-received, and appeased the masses.

6: Infrared 23

Year(s) Released: 2014

When the ‘Infrared 23′ Air Jordan 6 Retro was released in 2014, it instantly became one of the best colorways, and the absolute best for some people. The bright red/pink upper with black accents and blue translucent pieces on the outsole were a perfect mix.

5: Olympic

Year(s) Released: 2000, 2012

These were originally worn by Ray Allen during the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, and a very limited release that year. The “Olympic” Air Jordan 6 Retro+ has been held in high regard since they were first seen. Even after a GR re-release in 2012, people still consider this retro one of the best ‘new’ colorways of the AJ6 to date.

4: White/Infrared

Year(s) Released: 1991, 2010, 2014

Classics since day one. If you prefer white kicks to black ones, you probably like these better than the black/infrared. On the other hand, if you prefer black kicks or the look of the black/infrared pair, this pair is just a little less savored.

3: DMP

Year(s) Released: 2006

While the “DMP” AJ6 isn’t an original colorway, it was so popular that it can hold its own as one of the very best. The clean black-based upper is simply classic. Gold accents just add to the flare of this pair.

2: Carmine

Year(s) Released: 1991, 2008, 2014

Classic, by all means. The ‘Carmine’ 6 sits as a very close second to the top spot. The unique color blocking and drift away from the simple black/red and white/red colorways made for one amazing shoe.

1: Black/Infrared

Year(s) Released: 1991, 2000, 2010, 2014

Our pick for the best Jordan 6 colorway and definitely a favorite of many, hands down. The first Air Jordan to feature the beloved ‘Infrared’ hue, you could find MJ wearing these during the 1991 NBA Finals en route to his first championship with the Bulls. The black-based upper with infrared detailing made them an instant classic. Even with a number of re-releases, including an all-new retro drop for Black Friday 2014, they still remain in high regard by Jordan fans everywhere.


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