Celebrate the Year of the Ox with the Air Jordan 5 Retro Low ‘CNY’
Lunar New Year is the festival celebrating the arrival of a new year on the traditional Chinese lunar calendar.
This year the first day of the Lunar New Year falls on February 12, marking the beginning of the Year of the Ox according to the Chinese zodiac.
In Chinese mythology, there was a great race involving 12 animals vying to have the years of the calendar named after them in order of how they crossed the finish line.
Racers had to cross a river, and a crafty rat climbed onto the back of an ox to negotiate the water. As the ox came ashore, the rat leapt from the ox’s back, winning the race and relegating the ox to second place.
Feel like you’ve learned something today? Good. Let’s move on.
Since 2002, Nike has celebrated Lunar New Year festivities with special footwear and apparel collections inspired by the colors, materials and festivities of the Chinese zodiac.
This time around, for the Year of the Ox, the Swoosh has divided its releases into three themes: the explosive firecracker, the artisanal Chinese knot and the naturalistic spring blossom.
The whole collection is visually stunning, and I’d recommend you check it out.
From the firecracker assortment, the Air Jordan 5 Retro Low ‘CNY’ will be releasing in Men’s sizing at Finish Line on 1/23.
The 1990 Jumpman silhouette we all know and love has appeared in plenty of different looks and materials over the years, but this edition may be among the most unique we’ve seen in some time.
Coming out of the box you’ll see the low-cut shoe dressed in familiar Sail with Chile Red highlights and black tongues. The heels boast embroidery featuring the Jumpman logo and the Chinese characters for “23.”
But beauty isn’t just skin-deep here. Jordan Brand eschewed the traditional leather uppers for something less…permanent. Canvas panels will wear away to reveal a whole new design intended to replicate fireworks packaging and giving the wearer the opportunity to customize the sneaker the way they want it.
So celebrate the Year of the Ox your way with a new pair of kicks when the Air Jordan 5 Retro Low ‘CNY’ releases at finishline.com on 1/23.
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