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. 
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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.