The seven necessities of Chinese life – drinking tea – the shoe features a brand-new brown-panelled upper celebrating the art and practice of tea drinking while the name “CHA” is the transliteration of TEA in Chinese (茶). Originally one of the prototype colorways for the 2006 CLOT x Nike Air Max 1 “Kiss of Death,” the CLOT x Nike Air Max 1 “K.O.D.” – CHA colorway is also a homage to an integral piece of CLOT history.
Inspired by the art and practice of drinking tea, the colors are an ode to the different varieties of Chinese tea. Hugely influential and often a daily practice in Chinese life, tea is considered one of the “seven necessities of Chinese life” and has helped disseminate Chinese culture to the world. Similar to CLOT’s mission to Bridge the East and the West, the “CHA” colorway is a continuation of the “K.O.D.” legacy inspired by the past and brought to the present while highlighting CLOT’s Chinese roots.
The shoe features the same updated construction as the CLOT x Nike Air Max 1 “K.O.D.” with a brand-new perforated toe cap. The silhouette remains the same as the original release in 2006, with a deconstructed style and mix of materials including suede, leather and ostrich. The shoe features a Rocky Tan upper mixed with Sport Red on the Swoosh, CLOT-branding on the heel and lace eyelet detailing. Medium Brown is used on the midsole and upper panels. Finishing off is the same translucent outsole, with Chinese pressure points graphics as seen on the CLOT x Nike Air Max 1 “K.O.D.”