From Grape to Aqua Air Jordan V Custom by Rudnes Custom Kicks


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The purple and turquoise colorway was first seen on the original Air Jordan V in 1990 and again on the original Air Jordan VIII  in 1993. Except Nike used fancy color names such as: Grape/New-Emerald for the V and Concord/Aqua for the VIII.  In what appears to be a way to give a used pair of Jordans new life, Paris, France shoe customizer Rudnes Custom Kicks gave this pair of “Grape” V retros from 2006 an all black out treatment. The upper of these were entirely white with the only addition besides black being the purple and turquoise painted on the plastic eyelets. So they started as the V “Grape” retro and moved on to looking closer to the mostly black “Aqua” VIIIs. Do you think people would line up if this was an actual Air Jordan release?

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Brandon Laskowski
I began customizing sneakers around in 2000 and have enjoyed watching the art grow from a handful of people posting online to countless people all over the world. In 2009 I founded to be THE source for anyone interested in customizing sneakers. So please enjoy the photos, share your thoughts, and feel to send me a message: [email protected]


  1. […] So an Air Jordan V ‘Grape’ and an Air Jordan VIII ‘Aqua’ walk into a bar. At least we’d like to think that’s how this crazy custom from Rudnes was conceived, serving as the aesthetic middle ground between to of the most beloved non-Bulls OG colorways. The model of choice is the Air Jordan V ‘Grape’, whose leather upper is upgraded with a blackout effect to mimic the darker palette of the ‘Aquas’. Click through to get a better look at the Air Jordan V Grape to Aqua customs and let us know what you think. Photos: Paint or Thread […]


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