Just in time for Chinese New Year, Nike is set to release a limited-edition, China-only version of its Zoom Kobe VI basketball shoe. Inspired by traditional Chinese pottery and artistic motifs, the China version of the Zoom Kobe VI features a grey-and-purple color scheme, distinct from the black-and-yellow and black-and-green schemes of its American counterparts. Otherwise, the shoe's Chinese touches include a special lace buckle featuring Kobe Bryant's team number, 24, and a stylized Reishi mushroom (灵芝, a traditional symbol of good luck and happiness) that morphs into the heads of two black mamba snakes.
Priced at 1299 yuan (US$197), the Nike Zoom Kobe VI China edition will go on sale throughout China on February 2. A commemorative t-shirt, priced at 249 yuan (US$38) will hit stores the same day.