Nike's New Kicks for Year of the Pig

Nike's New Kicks for Year of the Pig

As we welcome the New Year of the Pig, so does the Swoosh with a limited-edition Chinese New Year collection that brings together traditional patterns symbolic of the 12 zodiac signs with the classic Nike, Jordan Brand and Converses silhouettes. Indeed, it certainly is an East-meets-West concept which embodies and harmonizes the traditional Chinese Patchwork Bai Jia Yi and material elements with modern-styled trainers.

There are two primary graphic styles that are used to represent the Bai Jia Yi in the collection: the first is a traditional geometric quilt pattern that is influenced by the zodiac signs while the other is a mosaic-inspired pattern.


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Featuring the geometric Bai Jia Yi (quilt) pattern, the Nike KYRIE 5 CNY takes it off with a vibrant and eye-popping color scheme. With splashes of warm amber, cool purple, and striking red on the soles, these multi-colored shoes are definitely an eye-catcher in which its black and white base balances the loud colors. Maintaining its sleek and classic high-ankle frame, the traditional pattern on the shoe’s heel panel and the Flytrap-inspired overlay takes an abstract twist to the usual series.

NIKE Zoom Pegasus Turbo CNY

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On the other hand, the Nike Zoom Pegasus Turbo CNY showcases a subtle embellishment of a tiger-fur inspired mosaic pattern on its mesh upper. This shoe consists of a simpler color scheme of red and gold that is symbolic of prosperity in Chinese culture. It comes in either a black or white base color of your choice. The symbol on the midsole references the Bao Quan, also known as fist-wrapping, a traditional Chinese salute performed by one’s hand.

Striking a balance between tradition and modernity, this shoe is perfect in being subtle yet unique.


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Moving on, Nike debut an extravagant and opulent Nike Air Max 98 CNY that features up to 6 material styles inspired by the new quilted pattern as well as previous patterns from the last 12 years of Nike CNY footwear.

Seen in three examples, this shoe was inspired by the patent leather on the heel of the 2009 Nike Air Max 1 “Year of the Ox” which appears on the tongue of this year’s version. The faux-snakeskin material on the 2013 Nike Air Force 1 “Year of the Snake” is applied to different components of the new upper. Lastly, colors such as crimson, metallic gold and Amarillo yellow color scheme was inspired by the regalia of traditional Chinese Emperorship.

With a wild combination of snakeskin, patent leather, fur, nubuck, traditional Chinese artwork of a woman and traditional colors in the upper, this limited-edition release sums up as a big oriental shoe feast for buyers.

For the bold, this is the perfect pair of shoes to take home this new year.


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Lastly, not forgetting the ladies, the women’s Nike Air Max 98 CNY is up for grabs this festive season. Inspired by a similar iridescent material from the Nike Air Force 1 Low “Year of the Dragon” collection, it is used in the heel tag of the current version. Flashing in peach pink and tiny pink polka-dotted laces, it appears chic and modern even with traditional elements.

The pastel-colored shoes are subtle and a sight for sore eyes from the usual loud and abstract patterns. Minimalistic and sporty, stay pretty in pink.


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