Every year for more than a decade, Nike has introduced a new colorway to honor the Chinese Zodiac. Since this week marks the dawn of the Year of the Dragon, the luckiest year in the Chinese calendar, Nike is going all out with cool new takes on classics such as the Air Force 1 and the Air Jordan. Here are some of the notable shoes in the company's new Year of the Dragon lineup.
Air Jordan 2012
The dragon theme offers a first look at the Air Jordan 2012, but the bright blue and yellow color scheme is only part of the shoe's appeal. The new Air Jordans come in elaborate packaging with swappable booties, insoles and laces so you can kind of customize your kicks.
Zoom KD IV
2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon, and the Zoom KD IV features a water theme. A close look at the shoe reveals water ripples, a wave pattern on the tongue and a water dragon surrounding the KD logo.
Air Force 1 Supreme Low
Although not as loud as other options in series, the new Air Force 1 makes quite an impression. The black silk texture of the sides and upper features an intricate dragon pattern that looks really sharp in contrast with the white soles.
Zoom Kobe VII
The standout design of the Kobe VII takes inspiration from both Kobe's Italian heritage and his love for Kung Fu. The tongue also features the Kobe golden logo, a statement of invincibility.
Trainer 1.3 Low
The most understated shoe in the pack, the Trainer 1.3 may also offer the most versatility. Equally ideal for a day at the gym or a night on the town, these trainers are mostly white, with a black border on the bottom that fades to red near the sole. The lining, laces and tongue are all black, and the Year of the Dragon emblem is embossed on the front of the shoe.
Nike's Year of the Dragon shoes will start dropping soon. Lace them up and—who knows?—some of the dragon's luck might rub off on your game.
For more info, head over to nike.com.
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