Ah, Easter Weekend. A bank holiday, time with family and eating your body weight in Easter eggs. It’s a busy weekend, that’s for sure. With the warm weather set for this weekend, it’s going to be an Easter to remember. Whilst you may not be able to do all the things you’d normally do this weekend, you can still get into the spirit of the festivities.
As you would probably expect, there has been a number of big Easter releases. Nike has championed the Easter sneaker celebrations for over 15 years now. Brands like adidas and ASICS have gotten into things in recent years too, only adding to the selection. With Easter Weekend almost here, we thought that it was about time that we picked the top Easter-themed sneakers of all time.
Without further delay, let’s take a look at the top Easter-themed sneakers of all time. Check out the list below to see if your favourites made it!
Nike Air Force 1 “Easter” (2018)
Nike is undoubtedly the Easter sneaker king. Back in 2018, the Swoosh debuted this slick Easter Air Force 1. A combination of suede and tumbled leather, the premium AF1 uses pastel silhouettes throughout the upper. In keeping with the pastel tones, a cream midsole and crisp white sockliner made this Air Force 1 one to remember. It sold out pretty quickly on release day and has remained a go-to spring/summer AF1 ever since.
Nike Kobe 8 Easter (2013)
Nike athletes are often treated to their own Easter exclusives. In 2013, the late Kobe Bryant was given his own special Easter Kobe 8. The shoe featured the LA Lakers front man’s team colours and a turquoise toe box. Underneath the mesh was Kobe’s distinct Mamba pattern, just for added effect. Since his passing, these have become harder to attain but they make a great sneaker for any collector.
Reebok Question GS “Easter” (2014)
In 2014, Reebok decided it was about time that they dropped an Easter pack. Made up of the Kamikaze II and Question, it was the perfect drop for Easter weekend. For the little footed sneakerheads among us, they were treated to a pastel Question that made this list for obvious reasons. A combination of pink, teal and cream gave this shoe its Easter feel. Additionally, the use of yellow Reebok branding on the eyelets was a nice touch.
Nike Air Max 180 “Easter” (2006)
In this humble writer’s opinion, this is the greatest Easter sneaker of all time. Back in 2006, Nike dropped this Air Max 180 that is an obvious ode to the Easter theme. A white mesh is contrasted by purple, yellow and turquoise detailing. Additionally, on the tongue a cracked Easter egg replaces the traditional Nike Air, giving this shoe a slick detail. This one needs a retro, that’s for sure.
Air Jordan 1 High GS “Easter” (2017)
This is definitely up there with the top Easter Air Jordans of all time. Back in 2017, Jordan Brand dropped these GS Air Jordan 1 Highs for Easter. The colourway wouldn’t look out of place as a general release and the immaculate taste on the colouring made these a must cop for many. A white leather base is contrasted with light green leather, a pick sockliner to give it the Easter feel. However, it was the gold Wings logo and Jumpman on the heel that make this one of the best Easter Jordans of all time.
adidas Gazelle Easter (2008)
2008 saw the introduction of an Easter inspired sneaker pack from adidas. The classic Gazelle and Stan Smith were the silhouettes of choice, but the former was definitely better than the latter. Using a soft pastel palette, the Gazelle used premium leather throughout the shoe. Furthermore, a dove on the heel and sole gave this sneaker additional details that made it so memorable.
Nike Blazer Royal QS “Easter” (2018)
Dropping at the same time as the Easter Air Force 1 in 2018 was this Nike Blazer. Taking the same approach as the AF1, the Easter Nike Blazer featured a pastel colour palette and a combination of leather and suede. The premium take on the classic silhouette was an instant hit for many sneakerheads around the globe. Given that this was a Quickstrike release, these didn’t take long to fly off the shelves.
Nike Air Max 97 “Easter” (2020)
Nike is continuing the Easter celebrations this year with this colourful Air Max 97. The Easter Air Max 97s continues Nike’s legacy with the holiday and feature some unique details. A white leather base is contrasted by Royal Blue leather and multi-coloured accents. Detachable tongue tags reveal an Easter egg underneath, with the same motif being applied to the insole.
ASICS Gel-Lyte III “Easter Pack” (2018)
Ok, so technically this is three shoes but you try picking a winner out of this pack. 2018 saw ASICS drop three Easter-themed Gel-Lyte IIIs, complete in luxurious nubuck and a carefully selected colour scheme. Featuring names like “Plein Air,” “Patina Green” and “Apricot Ice”, this Gel-Lyte III pack was destined for greatness.
Air Jordan 5 “Easter Sample” (2013)
These never released and it’s a damn shame. In 2013, Jordan brand began toying with the idea of releasing an Air Jordan 5 Easter Pack. The Easter release was supposed to feature two contrasting AJ5 colourways.
One AJ5 used metallic blue leather and was contrasted by light blue and green accents. A set of bright yellow laces, a 3M reflective tongue and a green sockliner gave this shoe an added edge. The other Easter AJ5 was much more refined. A crisp white leather base was accented by the same combination of light blue and green but used a light blue tongue and yellow sockliner. Both sneakers featured a clear lace dubrae and used had a Jumpman logo on the heel.
Coming across samples of these Jordan 5s nowadays is pretty rare and it’s not certain how many exist. Furthermore, if you do come across them, just be expected to pay a high price tag. If you’re looking to pick these up, we hope the Easter bunny helps you out.
Nike Air Force 1 “Easter” (2005)
This the first Easter Nike sneaker. In 2005, the Swoosh debuted this Easter Air Force 1 and it went down a treat. A contrasting combination of patent leather in pastel tones made it an instant hit. Pale blues, light lilacs, soft pinks and mint greens adorned Bruce Kilgore’s iconic silhouette. A pale blue outsole and white midsole gave it an OG feel. The OG Easter Air Force 1 was brought back in 2017 after a 12-year hiatus. It was snapped up pretty quickly and now commands a fairly hefty price tag.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the best Easter sneakers to ever release. Over the past two decades or so, there has been a number of big Easter releases. If we had to pick the best brand to do it, it would have to be Nike. The Swoosh has c=found a consistency in its Easter packs and they’ve become a big hit in the sneaker community. If you’re looking for a new set of Easter sneakers, head to KLEKT!