The story of how the Chinese Zodiacs came to be is part folklore and part fortune telling. It was said that the Emperor invited 13 animals to his banquet, a race ensued that ended with the rat as the winner. For the 2011, or the Year of the Rabbit, Nike Sportswear created its 10th Chinese Zodiac theme footwear, as commemorative edition for the upcoming Chinese New Year.
The first time that Nike Tennis Classic as the base for a Chinese Zodiac Series, the Year of the Rabbit Edition comes in 2 different variants, for men and women. An all white leather with red “2011” letterings on its tongue tab, a representation of a white rabbit and its red eyes. The women’s version comes with a large red metallic Swoosh and heel tab while dashing acrooss the men’s version will be a metallic gold one instead, both colors of fortune and luck in the Chinese believe. A rabbit leaping icon is adorned on the inner sockliner. As with most Chinese Zodiacs Collection, the Nike Sportswear Tennis Classic – Year of the Rabbit will only be available at Nike Sportswear retailers in Greater China and Hong Kong.
Nike Sportswear Tennis Classic – Year of the Rabbit
Color: White/Metallic Gold-Sport Red
Nike Sportswear Tennis Classic – WMN Year of the Rabbit
Color: White/Sport Red-Metallic Gold