August 26, 2011 BY John Kim / 59
Last week Sneaker News gave you a look at a vintage piece of Nike print history – a Basketball catalog from 1990. On the cover was Michael Jordan and the Air Jordan V, which was released in special colorways like the ‘Grape’, which came with accompanying apparel. Here we have a look at the catalog from Spring 1991, which, as expected, features the Air Jordan VI, as well as other Nike Basketball athletes like David ‘The Admiral’ Robinson and Gerald Wilkins. It was the era of the Nike Force, with shoes like the Command Force, Air Force Five, and Ultra Force dominating the game with its high-cut and durable design. It’s a far cry from today’s Nike Basketball line-up, highlighted by two flagship models in the Hyperdunk and Hyperfuse and complemented by another of signature lines and other take-down options. Continue reading for a complete look at this sweet piece of Nike history and let us know which sneaker in the catalog stands out to you the most! via CK.
Never get tired of seeing these. They need to retro the Air Force V and 180 Pump. I'm lucky enough to own the originals but I want a pair to wear...
I had that catalog in middle school. Out of that one I had the VIs the Air Flight Low, and the Force Ultra Highs. I loved shoes in the 90s
I have both Nike Challenge Court Collection books from 90 and 91. Agassi is on the front cover of both. Plus I have an Air 180 fold out advertisement for the ultramarine runner.
i still have this along with the flight club booklets from the og V's and the next nike basketball booklet.
Ahhh man thus makes me feel old lol I wish I known about the vi during this time I was in 2nd grade and ain't know crap about kicks not until 5th grade. That's when I got onto Jordan and sir Charles. Earliest j I remember was the aquas
Ahhh, the pre-hypebeast days. Where everyone wasnt tryin to emmulate their favorite rappers. Jordans were for the select few who cared and could "afford" em. When you could walk into any sneaker store in any mall a day or two, or even a week after the release date and find any size without a problem...And if your first time coppin a Jordan 1-11 is a retro, then im talkin to you!
Youngers, the person who appeared in 2nd page first pic is Gerald Wilkins who could shut down Kobe any given night. He was known as one of the best defenders in the golden days.
Why is everyone acting so surprised at those Jordan prices?? I know the older generation remembered these prices, but for you young guys, did you think Js always cost $150+
1991, high school sophomore, the good ole' days...scooped my Blk/Inf VI's at Lackland AFB and the Command Forces in Burbank at the Glendale Galleria on clearance ($99?) when visiting fam (Spur fan in Laker country) and now all you kids can see what REAL High Tops look like, not the AF1 Mid's that you uneducatedly call hi-tops...hahahaha I miss being young and oblivious...
Keep these "memory lanes" coming SN! Those Command forces and Air Force five's are smoking! LOL @ Gerald Wilkins pushing the Sidney Deans!
Excellent, I love the exploded views of the Sj vi and command force, wish you could see that more often, I bought sole provider the book hoping it would be full of tech info but its just scoop Jackson spouting guff. Wish they would retro the command forces, those are dope. If it was cost effective back then and if they can release foamposite tech I dont see why their would be a problem recreateting the pressure system.
look how much taller da tongue was back then.. dam i missed late 80 & 90 kicks.. i remember havin those 6's, plus those ultra lows AND those Air Force 5's (VERY UNDERRATED SHOE)... classic shit right there
Dude, you sound like a bitter old man, lol. (old man voice) Back in my day, Jordans were only $125. They had a taller tongue too and Naughty by Nature sang about OPP. I still don't know what that means.
I bought my first pair of Jordan 9s last September because I (me, myself, and I) liked them. Does that make me a hypebeast like you are talking about? My bad that I was only 2 when they came out originally, let me go tell my parents off real quick... I get sneakers that I like, not because there is hype around them and I want to "emulate my favorite rapper". Don't put every "kid" in the same category.
For the 'select' few? Air Jordans weren't the most expensive Nike shoes. The Air Jordan VI isn't even the most expensive shoe in that Spring catalog. Shoot, Air Max 95s cost more than Air Jordan XIs back then. Also, this 'emulation' you seem to shake your head at is what made Jordans so popular back then. We all wanted to be like Mike - even rappers. As much as you deride 'hypebeasts', the same notion exists for sneaker elitists. Just celebrate the fact that the Air Jordan legacy has been passed on to younger generations.
the white/varsity red ones are in abundance in the outlets. you can def phone order your size. not b-grades either. call nike and have them do a search and they'll give you all the numbers to the outlets that have your size.
I loved my air force 5's they were our aau team shoe back in the 9th grade. Damn I'm old...smh. I skipped school to pick up the Black infareds at foot locker, I only got one day of in school suspension, the juice was worth the squeeze tho.
They were durabuck. Which is a short nap material. Nubuck as seen on the current retros such as the metallic V's and Varsity VI's and flu game XII is a longer nap material. Durabuck>Nubuck IMO.
Agree to disagree. Jordans, to my knowledge were the fist $100+ sneaker, and the elite Nike shoe. So while its convienient to compare prices to 95' models, this catalog is in reference to 91', after other sneakers had 5 prior J's to cach up in pricepoint. Price btw does not determine nor dictate my point. This POS Duncan about to drop for $225 is a prime example, but I digress. To each his own. Your next retort is easily refuted as well, as I stated as well as you, that is was wanting to be like Mike, not the latest rapper. So while I love the fact that we all share the common bond of loving a classic sneaker, it meant much more to own a pair back in the day. Time moves on, and so shall I
@Dave-O Dang, that's tight man. I'm 13, and AAU teams just get those new Hyperdunks or whatever. I want something real fresh to ball in like that. My mom would've shot me in the head if I skipped school for some kicks lol.
The Air Jordan was the 'luxury' shoe - that much in itself is obvious when the AJ2 released. It didn't sell well not because people couldn't afford them, but there was no justification in buying a $100 basketball sneaker. It has less to do with status and more to do with being smart with money I suppose, which is why the Air Jordan line almost didn't happen beyond the AJ2. Thank the sneaker gods for Tinker. In any case, price doesn't determine nor dictate your point, but you still used it to prove it. Sneakers may or may not have meant a lot more back then, but comparing that era to now is a bit unfair. And yes, $225 for the Duncans is atrocious, but that has more to do with Nike Inc, not fans of the brand.
I skipped school three years in a row to get the new Jordans when they came out on Fridays. I was the reason that they changed release dates. My moms was cool and let me skip to do it and I would be back by lunch at school as the only kid rockin the new J's cause everybody had em by Monday...
hahaha she was pissed. In school suspension was easy. My mom and pops punishment for skippin school just to spend $125 on shoes.... Not so easy...
the OG XII's MJ wore when he had a flu are leather , while the XII's retroed named after that game is nubuck.