Chinese New Year celebrations are kicking off around the world today.
It’s the Year of the Rooster, and the footwear industry is paying homage with some pretty cool, zodiac-themed styles for both adults and kids. The sneaker world is well represented, with many of the major brands offering new year-themed capsules.
Jordan Brand is serving up two limited-edition Air Jordan 12 styles, both featuring gold accents and Chinese characters on the tongue that translate to the number 12. A white-and-black version is available in adult sizes, while a cream-and-red version is available in kids’ sizes. The brand also is releasing the Air Jordan 31 CNY, featuring a Flyweave upper and bamboo trim on the heel.
Air Jordan 12 CNY sneaker, $250; nike.com
Air Jordan 31 CNY sneaker, $200; nike.com
Nike is celebrating the rooster by offering a special NikeiD custom option for its Air Force 1 Low sneaker. The design features a bold red upper overlaid with gold Chinese graphics.
Nike Air Force 1 Low Premium Lunar New Year iD sneaker, $160; nike.com
Vans collaborated with Shanghai-based designer Kim Kiroic to create a fun, punk rock-influenced capsule featuring styles that draw inspiration from a rooster’s life cycle, from an egg to an adult. Standouts include a yellow flannel version of the Authentic Platform, meant to resemble a baby chick, and a white leather Slip-On with a colorful kiltie on the vamp reminiscent of a rooster’s feathers.
Dr. Martens took its iconic lace-up combat boot and gave it the Chinese New Year treatment, laser-etching an intricate rooster motif onto the boot’s sleek, cherry-red leather surface. The limited-edition style retails for $150.
Dr. Martens 1460 Year of the Rooster boot, $150; drmartens.com
One-for-one brand Toms created a mommy-and-me capsule featuring a colorful, rooster-print Classic Alpargata style for women and a tiny, Velcro-strap style for infants that has a rooster embroidery on the toe. The shoes are available exclusively through the brand’s website and retail shops.
Tiny Toms Year of the Rooster Crib Alpargatas, $34; toms.com
Even high-end designer labels are getting in on the holiday action. Dolce & Gabbana updated its London slip-on sneaker for men with a colorful rooster emblem on the vamp and side panels.
Dolce & Gabbana London leather slip-on sneaker, $695; dolcegabbana.com
To see all of our Chinese New Year celebration styles, click through the gallery here.