In celebration of the Chinese zodiac's Year of the Dragon, Jordan Brand is set to release a Jordan 1 low that pays homage to the mighty celestial creature. The Air Jordan 1 Low OG "YOTD" is not just a sneaker; it's a symbol of growth, success, prosperity, happiness, and abundance, embodying the powerful traits associated with the dragon.
The Air Jordan 1 Low "YOTD" features a captivating palette that weaves together a Sail midsole and an upper filled with Cedar, Oil Green, Light Pumice, and Dark Red hues. The shoe's foundation is crafted from Sail leather, serving as a canvas for the Green scaled leather overlays that gracefully nod to the revered wood dragon. The intricate detailing pays homage to the dragon's majestic presence in Chinese culture. To add the dragon’s auspiciousness the Dark Red accents adorn the Swooshes, embroidered Wings logo on the Golden heel tabs, "Nike Air" tongue labels, and a set of laces. These carefully chosen colors enhance the visual appeal and symbolize the prosperity and good fortune associated with the Year of the Dragon.
Choosing a pristine sail midsole goes further than creating a clean and classic look that complements the overall design. It is supposed to symbolize traditional Chinese milk sweets given around Holiday festivities. The Green rubber outsole adds a vibrant touch while ensuring durability and traction. As a final touch to this extraordinary release, the Air Jordan 1 Low "YOTD" comes packaged in a specially designed Year of the Dragon-themed box including a traditional Chinese Red Envelope or Yasui.
Inside, the Air Jordan 1 Low "YOTD" offers a luxurious experience with a refined Light Grey satin lining, offering a bit more quality making the sneaker feel more special. The comfort and attention to detail within the sneaker reflect the premium quality that Jordan Brand seems to be going for in these annual CNY releases, creating a harmonious balance between style, wearability and cultural significance.
One of the oldest CNY traditions is to be out with the old and in with the new. In recent times this is achieved by a new outfit or clothes and the Air Jordan 1 “Year of the dragon” is a great lucky symbol for the start of the new Chinese Calender.
The sneaker is releasing on February 6 on the Nike SNKRS website with no word of a local retailer release as of yet.