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Kicks and Colors: Pastels dominate Nike, adidas Easter collections

Nike and Adidas will release Easter collections for their signature athletes, including Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard. 

Kicks and Colors spotlights the variety of colorways—and the stories that go with—that brands unveil in key basketball sneakers.

Brand: Adidas, Nike

Sneaker: Assortment

Signature athlete: Assortment

Colorway: Easter

Story: Whether Adidas or Nike, pastels take over for the annual Easter collections. Inspired by the tradition of dyed eggs on Easter Sunday, the Adidas Easter Collection includes a new D Lillard 2 and player exclusive Crazylight Boost 2.5 sneakers for James Harden and Andrew Wiggins. Harden’s shoe has shades of “haze salmon” with light pink. The Wiggins white and gray threads offer a gradient fade while giving us an Easter egg graphic print, and the Lillard shoe has a dyed Easter egg graphic on the upper with pink and light blue. The trio of Adidas shoes release on Easter Sunday. Nike will unveil at least a pair of Easter-specific colorways on March 25, with a not-so-Easter black and orange Kobe 11 and a highly pastel and floral white Kyrie 2 colorway.

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