Nike Air Force 1 “The Great Unity” Draws Inspiration From Classical Chinese Philosophy

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The Nike Air Force 1 owes a lot of its earliest success to cities such as Baltimore and New York, but it’s become a global icon in the 39 years since its debut. One of the regions that has adopted Bruce Kilgore’s design is China, which has inspired handfuls of special editions over the last four decades – the latest drawing from classic Confucian texts.

Clad in the ever-popular white-on-white color palette, the newly-surfaced pair features a number of details throughout its leather upper that differentiate it from those worn during the summer in Harlem and the Bronx. A geometric graphic of a human head takes over most of the Air Force 1 Low‘s lateral mid-foot panel, accompanied by two “HAVE A NIKE DAY” logos; medial profiles sport imagery of two hands holding a lit torch, flora and what appears to be a reptilian creature. While not as direct nods to the classical Chinese ideology of the Great Unity as the text on the lateral heel and sock-liner, these graphics allude to the utopian vision of the world written about before 907 B.C. Iridescent lace dubraes, semi-translucent profile swooshes and holographic “NIKE AIR”-branded heel panels evoke the idea of enlightenment, which under the Great Unity, would lead to virtuous rule of the people, by the people; benevolence for the welfare of all, especially the elderly; and a lack of selfish thoughts.

Given the pair’s inspiration, this Air Force 1 may be an Asia-exclusive. In any case, keep it locked here for any development of a stateside Nike SNKRS launch, and enjoy images of the shoes ahead.

For more options from under the NIKE, Inc. umbrella, check out the Air Jordan Holiday 2021 collection.

UPDATE (06/07/2021):
Official images of the Nike Air Force 1 Low “The Great Unity” have been added ahead.

Nike Air Force 1 Low “The Great Unity”
Release Date: 2021
Color: White/Multi-color
Men’s: $110
Style Code: DM5447-111

Images: Nike

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