Last year Nike kicked off a special project to honor Chinese heritage while also recognizing the legacy of the Air Force 1 has built in China. After working with athletes and sportswear fans since 1982, Nike has learned much about the culture of their hosts, working their magic to release this Nike Air Force 1 QS Nai Ke "Nianhua". Drawing inspiration from Chinese New Year Pictures (nianhua), which first appeared during the Tang dynasty in the 19th century, these popular woodblock prints have since grown to be important ways to express gratitude, happiness, and good luck, used as decorations in homes throughout the country. Packed with elements of folk art and symbolism, the handpainted posters use imagery of familiar rural scenes to express moralities better than words ever could, also allowing families to say goodbye to the past and welcome to the future.
The Swoosh's Nike Air Force 1 QS Nai Ke "Nianhua" honors one of the most famous and recognizable types of nianhua, Yangliuqing, which were first produced in Tianjin in 1573. With an all white Nike Air Force 1 as a base, the design sees a Chinese lotus flower adorning the tongue while scales of a Koi fish adding texture to the side panel's premium white leather. Finishing the design, a plump baby graphic is set on the insole - a traditional symbol for prosperity - while the Chinese characters for Nai Ke are set in red on the heel. Stay tuned for more delivery details as we approach the Chinese New Year, but we at least can expect a China release first followed by select stores worldwide.
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