The Nike LeBron 18 Wishes You ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ for Chinese New Year 2021Release: 6 February 2021
Lebron James is joining in with Chinese New Year festivities in 2021 with a commemorative colourway of his new Nike LeBron 18 basketball shoe. Using an auspicious palette of red and azure blue, there is a trove of subtle detailing scattered throughout this hot sneaker.
The LeBron 18’s Knitposite 2.0 upper is dense and expansive, allowing rich red pigments to really penetrate each strand of the durable upper. Its woven nature also emphasises the black speckling throughout, just one of those less obvious touches. What is more noticeable is the classic lion and graffiti motifs associated with LeBron’s signature shoes throughout the years. As is the rich blue contrasting external heel counter, which has tonal splatters too.
‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ is a common greeting during the festive period of Chinese/Lunar New Year, and this LeBron 18 derives its nickname from the fortuitous insole stamping. Other cultural touchpoints are displayed on the gold midsole accents and other areas. And, of course, being a flagship basketball shoe, it’s also equipped with a beefy rubber outsole and big Air unit for peak performance.
The Nike LeBron 18 ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ is expected to release in time for CNY on February 6.