words // Zack Schlemmer

Sneaker brands are wasting no time getting the "Year of the Snake" celebration underway, as this year's Chinese Zodiac animal provides the perfect excuse for reptilian inspired footwear.

Nike Sportswear headlines the Year of the Snake footwear with their premium Air Force 1 collection in both low and high models.  Both the low and high versions include various hits of faux snake skin paneling with the low top featuring a vibrant red Nubuck and snake skin upper while the high top is outfitted with a darker look in black.  Both models also feature "2013" tabs and Chinese-inspired logo branding.

Both Year of the Snake Air Force 1 models will be available at select Nike Sportswear retailers soon.  Stay tuned to Sole Collector for further release information.

Via Hype Beast