With the Year of the Dragon a matter of weeks away New Balance have set themselves up for an Asian drop to commemorate the new year of the Chinese Zodiac.
After last year's Air Force 1 "Year of the Rabbit" it's nice to see this sneaker tradition continuing once again. The 2012 574 Dragon Pack is penned for a late December release to coincide with the turning of the New Year. Each of the sneakers uses dragon imagery in place of the inner N and around the body of the sneaker which also continues through the insole. The brand will drop three of the shoes from the Dragon Pack, the black, yellow and red colorways worldwide, whilst the gold edition will be limited in select New Balance stores across Asia.
Five further designs were created as one off's for the purpose of display, each by five Eastern designers - Mita Sneakers (wood), WHIZ (fire), NPC (metal), INVINCIBLE (earth) and Limited Edt. (water).