Last month we wrote an article about the perfect sneakers to wear for Chinese New Year, and since then more CNY-themed kicks have appeared on our radars. If you’re looking to impress your relatives while staying fresh at the same time, here are three more sneakers that you might want to keep an eye on.
adidas Originals “Year of the Rooster” Pack
While Yeezy’s, NMD’s and Ultra Boosts have been dominating the sneaker game lately, Adidas is showing some love to their more basic models with the new “Year of the Rooster” collection. Available in Stan Smith, Superstar and Tubular Radial silhouettes, each shoe features a premium black leather upper, oh-so subtle feathered heels, and colourful rooster embroidery that screams “yes, this is a Chinese New Year shoe”. The best part? Mahjong-inspired insoles that you can proudly flex when you take your kicks off during house visits.
Nike Air Force 1 “Nai Ke Jade”
Jade is traditionally given to commemorate a couple’s 35th anniversary, so it’s rather fitting that Nike is kicking off the 35th anniversary of its Air Force 1 sneaker with the release of a jade collection (oh, and it just so happens to be Chinese New Year too). Consisting of the Air Force 1 Low Ultra and women’s Air Force 1 Upstep models, Nike mostly retains the iconic white look of the sneaker, opting to only add jade green and gold accents on the heel tab, tongue and signature lace locks. The Ultra rounds out the overall aesthetic with a jade green sole, while the Upstep opts for a more translucent finish. Finally, a pair of shoes that grandma will approve of.
Converse Chuck Taylor 2 “Year of the Rooster” Pack
Sure, you could wear regular Chuck Taylor’s as foolproof sneaker option, but Converse is providing a much more festive alternative with their “Year of the Rooster” collection (brands need to start getting more creative with their names). Available in both the high and low-top versions, the high-top iteration features a “midnight blue rooster” colourway adorned with subtle feather graphics, while the low-top presents a similar pattern in a more striking hue.