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A Look Back at Sneaker “Color Flips”

June 12th, 2013 by / 12

Last week’s Sneaker News “Beauty Shots” of the Air Jordan V “Black Grape” was probably the final nail in the coffin in regards to your response to the release. Those who were “on the fence” were likely pushed over with great force into another Saturday sneaker purchase, while those who already considered these a must-have only found the wait tougher to endure. The original Air Jordan V “Grape” – one of the most revered OGs in the entire Air Jordan catalog – was already met with a great response when it re-released one month ago, and we figure the Black Grapes will experience the same simply because it tightly grasps that heralded “Grape” motif while embodying a whole new identity.

The “reversal” of colorways is hardly a new concept with sneakers as “Reverse” and “Un-” prefixes have been thrown around with sneakers for years. The mere replacement of yin for yang has been in use in basketball sneakers for decades with the idea of “Home” and “Away”, but other releases, like the Grape/Black Grape, have employed the exterior color-flip either arbitrarily or as part of a deeper concept. With the Black Grape finally releasing this weekend, we decided to look back at some of the best “Color Flips” of the past, so check out the gallery below and let us know which of these duets you enjoyed the most.

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black and white 4's?
dmp 6 and gmp 6?
taxis and playoff 12?
he got games and playoff 13's?


Nice article . The 12's playoffs/taxi's would have been another example. Plus all the flips we've seen on the 1's and other Jordan PE's


Always wanted them quais, especially the white ones. Those were super clean.


They forgot the dmp n gmp 6


pretty cool. just hand over both quai pair and im GOOD!


something about the back of that quai 54 ff doesnt look right


the 3s hands down. i liked them all. but some didnt seem like flips.


@dopeman978  i woulda thought they should have out the white cement 3s and black cement 3s.. kinda a similar concept as they had with the grapes..

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