Basketball culture has deep roots in Bejing, so Nike and Jordan Brand are celebrating the love of hoops in China’s capital city with a new Air Foamposite One and two fresh takes on the Air Jordan 1 Low. Awash in bright colors and traditional motifs, all three silhouettes are a vibrant homage to Bejing’s impact on basketball and the game’s global — or galactic — nature.
The Foamposite One is the star of the show, dressing its synthetic beetle-inspired shell with a nebula-style print that blends red, green, purple, yellow and blue. This base is awash in a silver smorgasbord of wide-reaching accents, which range from traditional Chinese dragons and clouds to new-jack Nike Basketball illustrations like hand-drawn Swooshes. Scaly black leather eyestays ramp up the luxury and provide a physical nod to the aforementioned dragon motifs, also adding a faux mathematical equation on the right shoe’s medial forefoot for a humorous touch. Heels put forth glimmering green graphics, and the look is completed by speckled black carbon fiber midfoot plates plus glow-in-the-dark outsoles.
Meanwhile, the duo of low-cut Air Jordan 1s hold their weight as well. The men’s pair mixes a white quarter and black snakeskin overlays with a toebox print that looks like it was pulled from a globe. Astral lightning details on the Swoosh and heel call to mind images of Pigalle‘s recent Converse collaborations. Meanwhile, the women’s pair serves up an entirely white base and black snakeskin Swooshes. All its overlays are dressed in a slighly lighter-toned outer space print for a more uniform look. Both pairs are completed by ball-and-wings heel logos, white midsoles and glow-in-the-dark outsoles.
These Foamposite Ones and Air Jordan 1 Lows are set to release on Nike SNKRS China come May 23. The Foamposite is priced at ¥1749 CNY (approximately $246 USD) and each Air Jordan 1 Low arrives at ¥849 CNY (approximately $120 USD).