The idea of the “b-side” sneaker design has been around for a while, also coming in the form of “flip” or “un” or “remix” editions, wherein an original colorway is reworked into an opposite or alternate version. Sometimes it can be as straightforward as reversing the shoe’s colorblocking, while others can be more conceptual sequels. There’s also no set formula for the timing of when the initial yin shoe gets its homage-paying yang follow-up. In most cases, these b-side editions came about as tributes to classic colorways, but nowadays it’s not unheard of that they can be designed right alongside the originals to set things up in advance for a premeditated one-two punch.
The danger in doing things that way is that your Part 1 installment needs to make a pretty immediate impact for your Part 2 to have the desired effect. Luckily for Packer Shoes and their duo of 1996 All-Star Game-inspired Reebok Kamikaze IIs, that shouldn’t be a problem. There was a great response to the first go-around and still plenty of nostalgia left in the air when it comes to ’90s basketball and the Reebok models of that era. With the ’96 All-Star Weekend taking place in San Antonio, the players’ uniforms featured a hot pink chili pepper graphic as a nod to the prized crop of the host city, so the Packer crew took that idea and ran with it as their core theme across two different colorways of Shawn Kemp’s beloved Kamikaze II model.