The Nike Air Force 1 'Year of the Dragon' Celebrates the Chinese Holiday

 - Jan 5, 2012
References: bbs.hoopchina & freshnessmag
A preview of the Nike Air Force 1 'Year of the Dragon' has recently made its way on the web just in time for the new year.

Compared to what New Balance and Converse have brought to their zodiac-inspired sneakers, the Nike Air Force 1 'Year of the Dragon' is a lot more subtle. It's harder to make out the details, but the intricate designs are there. Inspiration was drawn from the Amur River, which coincidentally, is also known as the Black Dragon river. Artistic elements from ancient Chinese art such as the swirling tides have been incorporated into the upper part of the shoe. The tongue also features the image of a dragon while the inner sole boasts a water design as a nod to the river. The swoosh has been given a reptilian pattern in homage to the dragon.

There's no release date yet, but these are available through a few retailers in Asia.