The Year of the Dragon is here!
The new year has officially began, and we’re gassed for everything that Nike has in-store. Since 2020, the Swoosh has been sure to honour the Chinese New Year with a flurry of cold themed releases. 2024 is no different, with several iterations of our favourite silhouettes due to celebrate the event. All sneakers will be landing on 24TH JANUARY 2024, so make sure you’re prepped and ready to get your hands on these special edition drops. Happy New Year!
The Year of the Dragon is truly alive within the Air Jordan 1 Low OG. Kicking things off, the upper sports a ‘Sail’ leather base, complimenting ‘Oil Green’ scale overlays that span from the mudguard to the heel counter. A shimmery red Swoosh accentuates the laces, tongue tag and the embroidered Wings logo within the heel. Injecting an element of royalty into the silhouette, a gold hue chimes in at the heel tab and tongue branding, whilst silver adorns the lining and semi-translucent outsole.
The Air Jordan 1 Low SE is next up to receive a Chinese Zodiac-coded reimagining. Embracing Michael Jordan’s low-top icon, this iteration showcases an entirely leather build. The canvas starts as a pristine all-white, captivatingly offset by layers upon layers of vibrant red. Symbolising luck, joy, and happiness in Chinese culture, the deeply hued panels add a nice depth to the design. The crowning jewel to this solid silhouette? A textured gold Swoosh that gracefully glides along the lateral and medial sides, exuding a royal steez. Amidst symbolism of wealth (which the Year of the Dragon welcomes), the metallic shade extends its influence to Jumpman iconography within the tongue and heel.
Over the past year, the Air Jordan 2 has a been popular silhouette for new offerings. Following the same design formula, this low-top retro embraces a pristine colour palette while paying overt homage to the celebration through distinctive detailing. A clean white canvas dominates the upper, deviating from Bruce Kilgore’s 1980s blueprint. Instead, a dragon-inspired scale pattern adorns the panel wrapping around the mid-foot. Adding a touch of opulence, golden piping near the mid-foot and the ‘Wings’ tongue emblem complete the sneaker, symbolically nodding to the dragon-centred festivities.
There’s nothing better than well executed artistry and unparalleled craftsmanship. And that’s exactly what the Air Jordan 38 CNY is serving up. Boasting a rich cedar tone, a symphony of suede, textile, and neoprene converges on the upper. The consistency of the hue allows us to really appreciate the intricacy of the embroidered textile, elevating the visual design. Bringing a refreshing contrast to the silhouette, invigorating green hits adorn the laces and tongue lining. Elevating performance, the Air Jordan 38’s midsole integrates the cushioning Zoom Strobel and Cushlon 3.0, and an X-Plate for responsive agility on the court.
Having made its debut in 2023, the Stadium 90 has steadily introduced a range of general release essentials. However, the fact that Jumpman has chosen to incorporate this new model into its Chinese New Year celebrations might just hint at its enduring presence throughout 2024. This sneaker harmonises with the colour and design aesthetics of its peers, showcasing a sail-coloured suede on the toe and foxing, and a scaled Swoosh. Embracing an iconic feature borrowed from the Jordan 5, the shark-tooth pattern on the quarter overlay is meticulously debossed into the suede. The luxe aesthetic speaks for itself.
Next up, it’s the Jordan Spizike Low. This hybrid silhouette takes its stance against a pristine white canvas, claiming a commanding presence across the majority of the upper. The olive-treated mudguards, strategically placed at the toe and heel, pulse with vitality through a dragon scale texture. Subtle wisps of blue gently embrace the quarter tabs and the mid-foot window, adding to the allure. AJ4 inspired wings and an AJ6 reminiscent tongue construction dress in a dark burgundy and ‘Team Red’ treatment, mirroring the underfoot hue. What’s not to love?!
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