2024 has finally arrived and Chinese culture is also about to celebrate the usual New Year which takes place every year on a day from January 21st to February 29th and is associated with a real or mythological animal.
This year the Chinese New Year will be celebrated from February 10th and for the following two weeks, in which public and private parties will be organized to mark the arrival of this new year, in which the dragon is the protagonist.
In oriental culture and in particular the Chinese one, the dragon does not have a negative meaning of destruction as it might have in our culture, on the contrary it is considered the embodiment of the concept of yang, the fruitful and creative spirit, bringer of rain and nourishment for the crops. Furthermore, according to tradition, the dragon reproduces by fertilizing a pearl which in depictions they often keep in their mouth and which will give birth to a new dragon.
This Nike Air Jordan 1 Low Year of the Dragon (2024) (W) features a Sail leather base and Dark Team Red overlays, completed with metallic gold Swoosh logos. The design of the sneaker pays homage to the mythical and cultural significance of the Year of the Dragon. Luxury and celebration meet with gold embroidery on the tongues and heels, along with coordinating patterns on the insoles. The package comes complete with special ornamental tags and a red Jordan-branded envelope, a nod to Chinese New Year traditions.
The Nike Dunk Low LX Year of the Dragon (2024) (W) comes in a color mix of Sail, Dusty Cactus, Vapor Green and Dragon Red. The sneaker has a Sail leather base with textured Dusty Cactus suede overlays on the mudguard, eyelets and heels. The Swooshes and heel tabs also sport this suede in Sail. Unique touches distinguish this version which includes a hologram dragon claw charm, a mini Swoosh decorating the midfoot and the "Just Do It" slogan on the tongue labels. Another noteworthy detail is a label at the end of the Swoosh, with an extravagant cloud-shaped graphic.
The Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro Low OG Year of the Dragon (2024) blends Sail, Cedar, Oil Green, Light Pumice and Dark Team Red. The base of the shoe is crafted from smooth leather while the rest of the upper is adorned with green scaled leather overlays that pay homage to the revered dragon. Adding contrast to the sneaker we find dark red accents gracing the Swooshes, an embroidered Wings logo on the gold heel tabs, “Nike Air” tongue tags, and a set of laces. Inside we find a refined gray satin lining atop a white midsole and a green rubber outsole. The design is completed by a special Year of the Dragon themed box.
Among the releases for this eagerly awaited year we also have a GS version, the Nike Dunk Low Year Of The Dragon (GS), which features a white base with grayscale overlays and bright red accents in the inner lining, on the heel tabs and on the insoles. To celebrate the theme we have extravagant cartoon themed graphics. However, the main feature is the Velcro Swooshes on the side, which showcase an embroidered dragon to celebrate The Year of the Dragon. The design of the sneaker is completed with a white midsole and a black rubber outsole.