Jordan Brand Celebrates the Chinese New Year With Limited-Edition Air Jordan 12s

Although it’s still more than a month away, Jordan Brand’s 2017 Chinese New Year collection already looks promising.

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.

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The tongue of the Air Jordan 12 "Chinese New Year" features Chinese characters that translate to the number 12.
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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.

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The white upper of the Air Jordan 12 "Chinese New Year" features a reflective treatment that shines under light.
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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.

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The GS iteration of the "Chinese New Year" Air Jordan 12.
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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.

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The GS version of the "Chinese New Year" Air Jordan 12 includes red and gold accents.
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The colorway of the Air Jordan 12 "Chinese New Year" is inspired by the original "Taxi" makeup from 1996.
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Gold accents are found throughout the upper of the Air Jordan 12 "Chinese New Year."
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The heel of the Air Jordan 12 "Chinese New Year" features a textured overlay also seen at the mudguard.
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The outsole of the Air Jordan 12 "Chinese New Year" features translucent details.
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The Air Jordan 12 GS "Chinese New Year" is priced at $160.
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The Air Jordan 12 GS "Chinese New Year" releases in January.
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The Air Jordan 12 GS "Chinese New Year" features a cream-colored upper.
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The outsole of the Air Jordan 12 GS "Chinese New Year."
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