The Complete History of Women’s Signature Basketball Shoes

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history of women's signature basketball shoes

As the NCAA wrapped up the Women's Basketball Final Four last night in New Orleans with UConn taking its eighth championship title over Louisville, Sneaker Report takes a look back at the leading ladies who have lead the way. The combination of the 1996 Olympic women's dream team comprised of Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie, and Dawn Staley, claiming the gold medal, paired with the first ever WNBA game in June of 1997 set the stage for an onslaught of women's specific basketball releases for the remaining four years of the millennium. This included Nike's first female sponsored basketball player Sheryl Swoopes, and her signature shoe to match, the Nike Air Swoopes. From Sheryl to Maya, here is The Complete History of Women's Signature Basketball Shoes.

Calvy Click is the Editor-in-Chief of Sneaker Report. When she isn't writing about performance footwear and apparel, you can find her running around Manhattan to Rick Ross anthems. 


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  • shaft @ NT

    Need Holdsclaw’s BB4….so nice.