The 23rd anniversary of the Air Jordan 6 continues to roll on with yet another creative release courtesy of Jordan Brand. The newest AJVI to reveal itself is this anime-inspired 'Slam Dunk' which draws inspiration from the Japanese cartoon and its main character Hanamichi Sakuragi, who traditionally rocks the 'White/Infrared' Jordan 6.
Now that that's out of the way, on to the kicks. The all-red Js feature a hidden, graphically printed, reflective upper which reveals itself when hit with the right amount of lighting. The animated characrer Sakuragi's #10 is stiched onto the lower ankle. Furthermore, the 6s will be releasing alongside a similarly styled Jordan Super.Fly 3 as part of a 'Slam Dunk' Collection, though the kicks will be sold separately.
Interested? The 'Slam Dunk' 6s are officially scheduled to drop on November 1st, for upwards of $250, possibly $300. Cop or Not?
During the ‘90s, the game of basketball experienced rapid globalization. Basketball fans around the world tuned in to watch the top talent in the game. Michael Jordan became the face of the basketball surge, rising to global super-stardom and inspiring a legion of fans — including Japanese manga artist, Takehiko Inoue.
In 1990, Inoue introduced the world to the fictional Hanamichi Sakuragi – the protagonist in his popular “Slam Dunk” manga series. Sakuragi began as an outcast at his high school with a reputation for causing trouble. After a girl rejected him, he tried out for the basketball team, where he showcased his natural athleticism and helped turn his previously unknown high school team into an all-star contender in Japan.
“I have been hugely inspired by Michael Jordan’s game, as well as his attitude. It’s been a great honor to have this opportunity,” said Inoue. “At first, he was someone from a different planet — he could stay in the air longer than anybody else. Then I began to see him as someone who always encourages you to set a vision and challenge yourself to achieve it.”