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It’s hard to imagine an Air Jordan sneaker that isn’t synonymous with a Bulls championship that would inevitably lead to an annual summer parade in Grant Park and a T-shirt with each member of the squad depicted as a smiling cartoon character. But in 1990, Michael Jordan was faced with a familiar roadblock that would once again snuff out his championship aspirations: the Bad Boy of Detroit.

Set to release this Saturday, June 15, we take a look at the latest drop from Jordan Brand which is a retro reminder of the days when Jordan was still pining for his first ring. The “Black Grape” V Retro offer a flip of the iconic “Grape” V, which made its original debut in the season prior to Michael taking on Magic in the finals. Donning an all-black upper, the kicks feature customary hits of purple and turquoise, with clear outsoles and Jumpman branding. Look for this instant classic through select Jordan Brand accounts, priced at $160 USD.

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