The Chinese New Year is scheduled to begin on February 5th and Jordan Brand will commemorate the festival with two Air Jordan releases 2019. Nike is actually commemorating the Year of the Pig with an entire collection. The collection includes the Air Max 90, Air Max 98, Air Max 270 and the Kyrie 5. Also included is the Chuck 70. As a part of this collection, Jordan Brand will be dropping special colorways of two different models, namely the Air Jordan 12 and the Air Jordan 33. All of these sneakers will feature Chinese zodiac-inspired detailing and patterns, as well as Bai Jia Yi, which is Chinese patchwork.
This year’s Air Jordan releases 2019 will mark the retail debut of an Air Jordan 6 “Flint” inspired by a similar colorway from the past. The “Flint” is one of Jordan Brand’s most recognized and well-known colorways that dates back to February 14th, 1998 when it debuted on the Air Jordan 13. This Air Jordan 13 iteration was released three days before Michael Jordan’s 35th birthday and was dressed up in a combination of Carolina Blue, Flint Grey, Navy and White. It was retroed and then re–retroed in 2005 and 2010, respectively. However, the upcoming Air Jordan 6 colorway mentioned here is inspired by an entirely different “Flint” colorway.
A second CLOT x Air Jordan 13 Low colorway joined the recent Air Jordan releases 2018 alongside the Terracotta Army-inspired colorway. The low-top version of the Air Jordan 13 Low has actually been on a rather long hiatus. The last time it arrived at retailers was on June 10, 2017 when the “Chutney” colorway of the model made its comeback and retailed for $175. On August 25th, 2017 Jordan Brand also released an Air Jordan 13 Low Golf “White/Midnight Navy,” which retailed at a price of $200. The first CLOT x Air Jordan 13 Low colorway was unveiled back in October, but it did not hit the shelves alone.
An Air Jordan 12 iteration, which will be among next year’s Air Jordan releases 2019, will have uppers made up of cow fur and faux snakeskin. When referring to fur, a lot of you may have been thinking about the Aleali May x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Viotech” that recently made its retail debut on December 15th at a price of $160. It actually came with cowhide laces and faux fur on its tongues, which could be dethatched. This is actually not the first time that an Air Jordan release has featured fur. In fact, Jordan Brand released a similar Air Jordan 4 iteration back in 2016.
As Jordan Brand keeps up with its annual tradition, so one of next year’s Air Jordan releases 2019 will celebrate the Chinese New Year. According to the Chinese zodiac, 2019 will be the Year of the Pig. The pig also happens to be the last animal in the Chinese 12–year cycle. The Chinese zodiac also claims that people born in the Year of the Pig tend to develop beautiful personalities and are likely to be blessed with good fortune in their lives. Much like last year and the years before it, Jordan Brand will once again be celebrating the Chinese New Year by releasing a new Air Jordan colorway.
This month’s Air Jordan releases 2018 will include an Air Jordan 10 colorway designed collaboratively by Jordan Brand and Maya Moore. The 4–time WBNA champion has a long history of teaming up with Jordan Brand, which dates back to 2011 when they whipped up three different PE iterations of the Jordan Fly Wade for her. She has also received two Air Jordan 10 PE colorways in the past, namely a “Championship” iteration back in 2012 and another iteration that was a part of 2017’s Maya Moore x Jordan Brand Collection. Maya Moore’s latest Air Jordan 10 colorway probably looks familiar since it resembles Aleali May’s Air Jordan 1 “Viotech.”