A History of Nike’s Chinese New Year Air Force 1s

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Tomorrow marks the first launch from Nike?s 2012 ?Year of the Dragon? pack in the form of the limited “Year of the Dragon” Air Force 1 at Tier 0 accounts. In honor of welcoming another year of Zodiac-inspired sneakers, we offer you a look back at the Swoosh?s Chinese New Year AF1 releases ? a tradition that began early in the last decade. Make sure you cast your vote at the end of the feature, and let us know which Lunar New Year release has been the best so far.

Nike Air Force 1 ?Year of the Horse?

This Lunar New Year was so popular it got not one but two releases in 2002. Featuring a galloping horse on the insole and the character for ?horse? on the tongue and heel tab, this red and white release remains one of the more coveted Chinese New Year AF1s to date. It?s no wonder the horse in the Chinese Zodiac is associated with popularity and intelligence, because these are a no-brainer.

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  1. Cynical says:

    I dont even wear forces, but the rabbits and dragons are hot.!

  2. Hermgerm2000 says:


    1. A Beydoun954 says:

      HMU 954-501-4549

  3. Goaji says:

    Not a big fan of the AF silhouette, but if I had to pick one it would be the YOT Rabbit.

  4. Paul Nguyen - Sneaker Fresh! says:

    Hey.. thats my monkey photos. ?lol.

  5. Payrod says:

    Can I get an explanation on a teir 0 Nike account will these same stores get the Jordan 2012, Kobe, KD, Lebron yotd releases ? How can I get this in Canada ? Get at me please madgame247@hotmail.com

  6. Anonymous says:

    I think Rabbits took it. ?Can you all post pictures of the boxes as well?

  7. J dizzle says:

    The dragon is tuff but im too lazy to even try

  8. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t use to like the dogs, but looking just then i took a strange liking to them.

  9. Nicojd says:

    th yot dog will always be my fav

  10. whoaitzjoe says:

    Personally, when it comes to the materials used and the detailing of the shoes itself and the box…YOTD forces takes the cake. Once you get to see it in person, you truly appreciate the way Nike put these out.

  11. year of the dog QS > year of the dog HS

  12. Roosters still my fave. Still break those out once a Summer.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Can’t wait for the year of the snake AF1

  14. Anonymous says:

    Rabbits are fire!

  15. jthagreat says:

    didnt see the year of the horse. only pair that i own…hope i didnt overlook it lol

  16. jthagreat says:

    i guess it was the first one shown lol (not the pair i own tho…) i have a clear bottom pattent leather edition…

  17. MelloShon says:

    Wow, dragons are the only ones i like

  18. Easily the YOTD. The closest to this on is the YOTR.

  19. Anonymous says:

    like the force but my money will be on KD YOTD

  20. doubleo says:

    thanx for the history lesson. ?the ice on the goat and rooster were dope. ?great finishes.

    but the ice everything on the rabbits were the best. ?i just dont like the color scheme or that plushie swoosh. ?