The Chinese zodiac designated 2013 as the year of the snake therefore, Zhijun Wang created the AF1 Year of the Snake custom kicks as a commemorative piece.
Wang describes that his design is inspired by the "Chinese Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches Calendar" and the "Gui Si." According to Wang "Gui belongs to water in The Five Elements." Therefore, the sneakers incorporate a laser printed design that depict flowing waves. The lines of the water are etched in the sneakers like a curving crawling serpent.
The AF1 Year of the Snake shoes also include the Chinese characters for snake on the outside of the heel. There are also Chinese characters for two and zero and then for one and three on either side of the tongue.