The University of North Carolina, the university where Michael Jordan studied and technically began his basketball career, has always been a leading source of inspiration for Air Jordan colorways. Back in 2015, when the Air Jordan 1 High OG “UNC” was set to arrive at retailers, everyone was fairly certain that the sneaker would not remain on the shelves for long. This was indeed the case, especially since the colorway had made its first comeback ever since Jordan Brand originally dropped it in 1985. The Air Jordan releases 2017 already included a UNC-themed release, but now it seems that there is going to be another one next month.
The UNC-inspired colorway that Jordan Brand dropped earlier this year was actually a re-release, and it was the Air Jordan 11 Low “Columbia/University Blue.” Originally, the colorway had made its retail debut back in 2001 and sixteen years later, Jordan Brand decided to release the sneaker once again. For this re-release, retro version though, Jordan Brand ended up utilizing premium leather instead of ballistic mesh for the uppers. The UNC-inspired University Blue hue covered the sneaker’s glossy patent leather mudguards. The Air Jordan 11 Low “Columbia/University Blue” had retailed in both adult and GS sizes in April 2017 at prices of $175 and $130, respectively.
The upcoming UNC-themed colorway from Jordan Brand that is scheduled to arrive is the Air Jordan 6 “UNC.” The first photo of the sneaker was leaked back in June of this year. Contrary to early reports and rumors, it was revealed early in November that the sneaker was actually going to be joining December’s Air Jordan releases 2017. For this iteration, Jordan Brand has utilized nubuck for the uppers, which are predominantly sleek Black-colored. Giving it a classic UNC-look, University Blue-colored detailing can be spotted throughout. The midsoles and outsoles sport a combination of Black, University Blue and White, with some translucence as well.
Sneakerheads can keep their fingers crossed and hope that Jordan Brand does not further push up the release date of this sneaker. As of now, it is somewhat confirmed that the Air Jordan 6 “UNC” will hit the shelves on December 2nd, 2017 and will retail for $190.
Air Jordan 6 “UNC”
Release Date: December 2nd, 2017
384664-006 | $190