// : 2015 Easter Basketball Collection : // Nike vs. adidas

With Easter weekend upon us, it’s nothing new to see Easter themed basketball footwear from the likes of Nike and adidas. Easter is an official sneaker holiday in the NBA and brands have really begun to take full advantage of the spotlight. Over the past few years now, various brands have dipped into the Easter themed pastel color palette to celebrate the holiday. This year, both Nike and adidas go head to head for the Easter spotlight for their respective signature athletes.

For this years Nike Basketball Easter Collection (which released this past Thursday, 4/2/15 at major retailers) features four models: the KD 7 “Easter”, LeBron 12 “Easter”, Kobe X “Easter”, and new to the pack is the Kyrie 1 “Easter”. This years Easter collection is more like the 2014 Christmas collection, in that each pair of the collection has a different story and color behind the inspiration of the shoe. Inspiration for each shoe ranges for each shoe, from modern street art for the KD 7 “Easter”, to the color of a robin’s egg for the Kobe X “Easter”. The LeBron 12 takes inspiration from a Spring floral print with hints of baby blue and pinkish orange.

Take a look below at the Nike Basketball 2015 Easter Collection:

Nike Basketball 2015 Easter Collection

Nike Basketball 2015 Easter Collection

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Nike LeBron 12 “Easter”, $200

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Nike Kobe 10 “Easter”, $180

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Nike KD 7 “Easter”, $150

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Nike Kyrie 1 “Easter”, $110

As for adidas Basketball, who is relatively new to the Easter theme, the brand decorated their three signature athletes Damian Lillard, John Wall, and Derrick Rose all with Easter egg themed footwear. Unlike Nike’s pack, the adidas Easter themed collection all go with the same mint and solar blue color ways and will not be hitting retail, but rather are Player Exclusives only for the athletes. Take a look at the shoes below and be sure to leave a comment with which brand you think did a better job on their Easter collections.

adidas Basketball 2015 Easter Collection

adidas Basketball 2015 Easter Collection

adidas D. Lillard 1 "Easter"

adidas D Lillard 1 “Easter”

adidas D Rose 5 Boost "Easter"

adidas D Rose 5 Boost “Easter”

adidas J Wall 1 "Easter"

adidas J Wall 1 “Easter”

 

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// : Andy’s Desk : // Nike KD 7 Wild West

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For this edition of Andy’s Desk, I take a look at the Nike Basketball KD 7 ‘Wild West’. The shoe takes its colors from the University of Texas, as Durant pays homage to his alma matter in Austin, Texas. The shoe comes in a metallic silver finish for the upper and a mesh forefoot featuring a white and orange Swoosh with Dynamic Flywire cables for support in the forefoot.

Leo Chang sketch design // KD7

Leo Chang sketch design // KD7

Visible Zoom Air in the heel

Visible Zoom Air in the heel

The shoe features a 180 degree visible Zoom Air bag in the heel for premium responsive cushioning and for heel strikes and an encapsulated Zoom Air bag in for forefoot. One thing you will notice about the heel of the shoe is the use of Hyperposite. Durant was very involved in the design process with lead designer Leo Chang and mentioned that he heel lockdown, but also a shoe that allowed him to move quickly while having great stability and support.

Forefoot mesh with Dynamic Flywire cables

Forefoot mesh with Dynamic Flywire cables

Using a seamless forefoot mesh featuring Dynamic Flywire, one of Leo Chang’s design goals was to provide Durant with quickness and flexibility in the forefoot. Usually used for guard shoes, Chang wanted to combine strength, power, and support in a shoe usually designed for a power forward but make it quick and light enough for KD.

Midfoot strap

Midfoot strap

One other design cue Chang and Durant wanted to bring back was the mid foot strap that we’ve seen on many of KD’s previous shoes. The strap was used to bridge the transition of the forefoot and the heel, keeping the foot locked in at all times.

I felt this shoe was a big improvement compared to the KD6 that released the previous year. The design is more fluent this time around and features better technology in terms of playability for guards and forwards. The addition of Visi Zoom and Hyperposite were great, and bound to happen since they were both used on the LeBron series. The KD6 seemed a bit recycled from Nike Basketball, featuring a lower cut with Hyperfuse and a new edition of Flywire cables embedded into the fuse. Nothing really stuck out to me as a ‘wow’ factor or a big improvement. Once I saw the KD7, I was really impressed and loved the design. The shoe plays really well, as well. Cushioning is on point as well as materials. Nike Basketball also did a very good job story telling this go around and coming up with different creative color ways that represent Durant and his family.

Check out some more photos below.

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Medial side of the KD7 showcasing the visible Zoom Air bag

 

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Hyperposite seen in the heel of the shoe, as well as the white and orange swoosh

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// : Nike Basketball 2014 Christmas Collection : //

// : Nike Basketball 2014 Christmas Collection : //

Earlier today, Nike Basketball officially released the images and info for the 2014 Christmas Collection exclusives for the KD, Kobe, and LeBron signature lines which will all release on December 26, 2014. The three sneakers each look to different holiday … Continue reading