Wednesday March 25th, 2015

We might as well call it Pastel Day instead of Easter—at least according to what Nike has offered up for us this year with its special Easter line of four signature basketball shoes.

As has become a Nike tradition, the top-selling basketball shoemaker rolls out its Easter line “playing on the colors and prints synonymous with Easter."

The Kobe X Easter has a stark two-tone look to it with “hot lava” and “artisan teal” contrasting, with the lava making up most of the engineered mesh and the teal, which does draw inspiration from the shade of a robin’s egg playing heavily on the outsole and tongue. While we won’t get to see Kobe Bryant don the pair on Easter, the Kobe X—the newest of the Nike signature lines—offers up quite the canvas for an array of colors.

Courtesy of Nike

Expect a subtle floral print on a pastel “sunset glow-colored” upper for the LeBron 12 Easter. We do get a heavy dose of non-Easter black and Nike says the floral pattern in pastel mimics LeBron James’ ability to mix prints and colors in his personal fashion.

The first-ever Kyrie Irving signature Easter edition—Kyrie 1 Easter—uses the classic color of purple all across the upper to give a bit of pastel potency. Blue, red and black fills out the purple-heavy aesthetic. 

Maybe you don’t equate camo that represents street art with Easter, but the “liquid lime, vapor green and sunset glow” of the KD7 Easter mixes with a black strap and camo to give us Kevin Durant’s signature sneaker for the holiday.

Long live pastels.

Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and gear for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb

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