Featuring premium leather on the overlay, platinum suede panels, milky white translucent midsole, cheniles swooshes, rabbit on the heel, wax shoelaces, the Chinese symbol “Tu” (rabbit), and a “2011” lace dubre, the Nike Air Force 1 Year of the Rabbit was a well-executed drop. But the extra mile comes in the form of the White Rabbit candy tribute; the Blue and Crimson accents on the AF1 and the graphics on the sockliner are similar to the artwork found on the candy wrapper. And if that wasn’t enough, the sneaker would come in a package shaped like a giant piece of White Rabbit candy.
Then I found out how much of a pain in the ass they were going to be to cop, which made my head explode. The sneaker was originally thought to be an Asian exclusive, with the first drop coming with the limited White Rabbit packaging a week before Chinese New Year for the equivalent of almost $400 and a more “general release” version sans the cool box coming out the following week. I would find out later that Nike’s 21 Mercer store and a handful of other retailers in the US also received them, but trying to find a spot that had the special box was a hopeless endeavor.