The Air Jordan 23 will be returning to celebrate the Lunar New Year

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As is tradition for sneaker brands these days, Jordan brand are releasing a collection of shoes to celebrate the Lunar New Year. But what is less ordinary is Jordan’s choice to release their 2008 model, the Air Jordan 23, in a brand-new colorway.

Excluding collaborations with Titan22 and Trophy Room, this is the first Air Jordan 23 to release since its initial run. And whilst it’s a well-respected Air Jordan, it’s not a particularly well-known Air Jordan. Particularly since Michael Jordan had long since retired by the time they were released. Hence why we are so excited to get another release of the model in the coming weeks. Granted this isn’t an OG retro. But if the model is now in Jordans sneaker rotation for an event like the Lunar New Year, hopefully this is a sign of bigger things to come.

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What you need to know

The shoes come in an all-leather upper, with the base in white and a soft mint color on the main overlay and the mudguard. Red markings are present on the tongue and the insole. These are inspired by the Hong Bao, or red envelopes, which are often handed out to one another to celebrate the new year. With 2023 being the year of the rabbit, the shoes will also feature a rabbit motif on the inside of the tongue, replacing Jordan’s fingerprint which usually takes up this spot. Instead, Jordan’s mark is present in the form of his signature written in gold across the mudguard, matching other gold detailing across the shoe. Lastly, the sole features a transparent plastic casing around the midsole and a grey outsole.

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When and where will it be available?

The shoe is expected to be released in the coming weeks, potentially as a region exclusive. It shall also be releasing alongside new colorways of the Luka 1, Legacy 312, 23/7, Series 0.5 and a limited run of a lunar new year Air Jordan 1 Low. But, if you are interested in any of these pairs, save yourself the hassle and wait for them to become available on to avoid all buyer fees.

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