The Chinese New Year is almost upon us. 2014 is the zodiac year of the horse and as is the tradition, Nike are releasing a full Year of the Horse pack. First up for us here at Urban Industry is the Nike Lunar Force 1 Year of the Horse. Unlike some of its pony hair counterparts, the Lunar Force 1 YOH QS takes a more subtle and tasteful approach with a speckled midsole and translucent Swoosh branding. Equine elements include the patches on the tongue and heel with a stylized Traditional Chinese characters ‘Ma’ for ‘horse,’ and the engraved metal lace ornament that reads “great success with the arrival of the horse.”
According to the zodiac calendar “the spirit of the horse is recognised to be the Chinese people's ethos – making unremitting efforts to improve themselves”. The same could be said for Nike and the Lunar Force 1 which takes the vintage Air Force 1 style and gives it a modern update in the form of springy Lunarlon cushioning. Look for the Nike Lunar Force 1 Year of the Horse QS to drop on the 23rd January.