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Air Jordan Release Dates 2014: AJ 6 'Slam Dunk' Out Nov. 1; Price & Where to Buy

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Michael Jordan and Hanamichi Sakuragi are intertwined believe it or not, and the Jordan Brand wants its loyalists to know that through its shoes come Nov. 1.

With the newest iteration of the Jordan X "Slam Dunk" collection, footwear brand Nike revisited the global growth of basketball in the last decade of the 20th century, by meshing that time's unmistakable icon, Jordan, and the mind of fan Takehiko Inoue, the Japanese who made the basketball series possible.

Gemo Wong, Energy Director for Jordan Brand, told Nike.com: "Using a legacy shoe like the iconic Air Jordan VI, as well as our latest performance model in the Jordan Super.Fly 3, served as the perfect vehicle to highlight the past and present — both in the product and the manga storyline."

The limited-edition Air Jordan VI will be $250 a pair, with a primarily red skin printed with throwbacks to memorable moments of the 31-volume manga, the report said. It will be available with the predominantly black-and-white performance model Super.Fly 3, sold at $185, which features illustrations on what happened to Sakuragi after he was injured in the last issue in 1996.

On the Air Jordan VI, the heel tab is translucent, the outsoles, tongue and heel tab rendered like ice. There are white accents on the tongue and midsole, and the Jumpman is on the tongue and the number 10, instead of 23, is placed on the sides as an ode to Sakuragi's jersey number.

The Source adds that tonal 3M accents were used for the illustrations.

According to Latinos Post, the "Slam Dunk Collection" will be sold at Nike.com, Foot Locker, Eastbay.com and House of Hoops by Foot Locker. Nike.com added that the models will be available at 8:00 a.m. EDT, with a limit of one pair per customer. These are unavailable for those ordering by phone.

"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," Inoue admitted of his deal with the Jordan Brand, as quoted by Nike.com.

He added: "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 achieving it."

Nike.com explained the plot of "Slam Dunk":  Sakuragi, a troublemaker in his high school, set his eyes on the basketball team because of a heartbreak. As the story progressed, he showed exceptional athleticism and slowly familiarized himself with the tricks of the trade, finally helping his high school team rise from obscurity to a strong squad in Japan.

The inspiration is very apparent, the Sole Collector explained. The Shōhoku High School team sported Bulls-style uniforms and Air Jordan sneakers. Latinos Post added that there were overwhelming parallelisms between key Shohoku players and the Bulls.

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