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Nike Unveils 2013 Year Of The Snake Collection

By Jay Casteel   /   Published 01/11/13

In celebration of 2013, which is the Year of the Snake on the Chinese lunar calendar, Nike introduces a Nike Basketball and Sportswear collection of Chinese zodiac footwear inspired by Kobe Bryant and the Year of the Snake respectively.

The collection skate skin-inspired versions of eight Nike pieces, including the Air Force 1, Air Force 1 Hi, Air Force 1 Foamposite, the Nike Zoom Huarache 2K4, Kobe 8 System, Nike Kobe 8 Red and Black colorways, and a Nike Destroyer Jacket.

Each item incorporates snake scale patterns and prints, from the Kobe 8 Black, which a snake print on black leather, to the Air Force 1 Foamposite, which applied it for its own interpretation.

Nike first unveiled its Year of the Horse collection in 2002, and since have relaesed collections based on the Chinese lunar calendar concept. This is the brand's 12th such release and completes a full cycle of the Chinese zodiac.

Each item in the 2013 Year of the Snake Collection drops on various dates. The Air Force 1 Hi, Air Force 1 Foamposite, Kobe 8 System, and Kobe 8 Black drops on January 18th; while the Air Force 1, Nike Zoom Kuarache 2K4, Kobe 8 Red, and Destroyer Jacket hits January 25 at select Nike retailers.