The collection is spearheaded by the men’s Air Jordan 12 in a familiar look. The colorway blends a white upper with textured black overlays and gold and red accents, a nod to the original “Taxi” Air Jordan 12 colorway from 1996.
Unlike its inspiration, this “Chinese New Year” Air Jordan 12 does not feature a leather upper, instead opting for a reflective material that shines under direct light. Other differences include a new textured pattern on the black overlays, a matte woodgrain look on the gold accents, translucent outsole details, and the addition of Chinese characters translating to the number 12 at the tongue.
Jordan Brand didn’t forget about sneakerheads with small feet, either. The Air Jordan 12 “Chinese New Year” will be offered in grade-school sizing in a cream colorway accented with red and gold.
The shoes are set for release exclusively in China on Jan. 7; this “Chinese New Year” collection is expected to see a wider release from select Jordan Brand stockists on Jan. 28. The men’s size is priced at $250, while the GS version comes in at $160. The retro sneakers will be accompanied by the release of a similarly themed Air Jordan XXXI.