Nike has already released an abundance of sneakers to celebrate the Chinese New Year as part of its annual tradition, but a newly revealed pair of Air Force 1s not only stand out among this year’s collection, but are among the most ornate the company has ever made for the holiday.
An Air Force 1 Low “Year of the Dragon” featuring intricate gold embroidery is priced at a whopping $365 and will exclusively release in China. The premium rendition of the classic sneaker takes on the appearance of traditional Chinese silk textiles across the upper and midsole featuring flowers, ducks, fish and more.
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Embroidery atop the pattern brings even further detailing, including a dragon winding its way atop the Swoosh on one shoe’s lateral side and a phoenix on the other. The “Xi Xi” emblem is also embroidered onto the heel while symbolizing the concept of “Double Happiness.” Attention to details even extends to the packaging, as the box’s interior features a graphic of peanuts, aka “longevity nuts,” in various forms representing the holiday snack.
Given the quality involved and the ties to the country, neither the price tag nor the China exclusivity should come as a surprise. The design also shares a lot in common with those of Clot, which collaborated with Nike on silk sneakers a number of times before switching allegiances to Adidas last year.
The Air Force 1 Low “Year of the Dragon” will release Feb. 14 exclusively via the Snkrs app in China. Pricing is set at 2599 Chinese Yuan, which is roughly $365.
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