The concept of working with Jordan’s infamous number 23 for marketing purposes has already resulted in 2008’s Countdown packages, each of which featured one pair of a given release that equaled 23. That was the last time the Air Jordan VI (6) “Carmine” saw the light on retail shelves. Jordan Brand appears to have renewed the hybrid spirit yet again for this release, which fuses signature elements of each sneaker. The Air Jordan VI is evident in the midfoot panels and the raised section of the perforated collar. The heel tab shape of the rear midsole also bears the marks of the Air Jordan VI. The Air Jordan XVII’s influence is seen on the side of the midsole, where there is a solid black section with no air bubble on the outside of the shoe, as well as in the diamond shaped lacelocks. The tongue of the Air Jordan VI is maybe one of the most famous of the entire collection, but here that is replaced by the tongue from the Air Jordan XVII. This model, love it or hate it, will be available very soon, on January 8th at Jordan retailers.