The Air Jordans numbered series has come a long way since New Jordans it originally released as a Nike Basketball shoe. On the way to the top, it transcended the shoe industry as well as the game itself. Preceding the initial Air Jordan 1 (I), basketball shoes were typically white, and Michael, as well as his shoes, were frowned upon for rocking colorways that did not go along with NBA rules. In fact, MJ was fined for wearing the classic black / red colorway in the shoe.
As each new AJ model released, the brand grew even more, and each year, something special was created. Michael New Jordans Shoes came together with some unique designers, the most famous being Tinker Hatfield, who designed a wide range of AJ silhouettes including the Air Jordan 3 (III) through Air Jordan 15 (XV), the twentieth anniversary Air Jordan 20 (XX), the final numbered Air Jordan, the 23 (XXIII), and the 2010 (XXV). With all of the success that the two have combined for, we wouldn't be surprised if they collaborated again.
With word surfacing about the Air Jordan 23 (XXIII) being the last numbered silhouette, fanatics wondered what was next. In 2005, Jordan Brand got creative, as they started releasing fusion models. Initially, they combined components of one single classic Air Jordan with those of the timeless Nike Air Force 1. Later on, they started creating hybrids that fused together elements of different Air Jordans.
The company continues to keep old fans, New Air Jordans all the while drawing in new ones. The combination of their hybrids, Team Jordans, and retroing of classic colorways from the AJ numbered series has created a formula for success that is unmatched. Check out Kixify's Sneaker Marketplace for a chance to grab your own piece of history.
The Jordan 6 Rings (aka Jordan Six Rings) is a combination of the seven Air Jordan shoes that Michael Jordan wore during his 6 Championship seasons New Retro Jordans. That includes the Air Jordan 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13 and 14. The Jordan Brand company released the "6 Rings" shoes starting in September 2008.
The Jordan Brand released colorways representative of each team that the Chicago Bulls defeated in each of their six championship seasons during the 1990s. The Cheap Air Jordans colorways include colors borrowed from the following teams: the L.A. Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, the former Seattle SuperSonics, and Utah Jazz, each shoe of which includes laser-etched graphics detailing specific aspects about that particular championship series, the city of the competing team and so forth. Many other colorways exist and Jordan Brand continues to release additional colors that pay tribute to different Jordan and Nike shoes along with new colorways specific to 6 Rings shoes.
There even exists a "winterized 6 rings" which are a modified 6 Rings shoe turned into a durable boot designed for the outdoors which changes some of the design and placement of the inspired pieces and parts from the Air Jordans the shoe pays tribute.
Of particular note, there is an Olympic colorway, a Nelly version apparently inspired by the rap artist Nelly and a shoe that combines the colors of all the teams that the Bulls defeated in the NBA Finals, acting as the 'sixth shoe' since only five separate teams were defeated for the Bulls to win six championships; the Utah Jazz was defeated twice, in 1997 and 1998