CHICAGO — Breanna Stewart’s new sneakers have lastly arrived and are completely ready to debut this weekend in Chicago at the WNBA All-Star Video game.
A lot more than a yr given that the 27-year-outdated Storm star announced a historic offer with Puma and turned just the 10th player in WNBA heritage with a signature shoe, she unveiled the Stewie 1 by means of a collection of tweets and information releases Friday early morning.
“Working with PUMA to craft the first women’s signature basketball sneaker in the previous 12 years was an honor,” Stewart mentioned in a statement. “I hope that this is the first in a legacy of signature sneakers to occur for ladies athletes across all sports activities and serves as inspiration for all younger people today that this, alongside with any achievement, is possible.”
Stewart, who is earning her fourth WNBA All-Star Recreation physical appearance and is co-captain of Team Stewart, plans to wear her shoes during Sunday’s game.
“I’m not going to lie, I’m fairly enthusiastic for that,” Stewart mentioned months ago. “We’ve been arranging this for a long time. Puma has been really terrific. I have been totally included with anything from the design and style, various colorways and just all the things.
“I can basically say, this shoe is me. The group at Puma believed of almost everything. They’ve bought my total journey in this shoe. I sense represented.”
Very last May well, Stewart created the switch from Nike, which she wore at the University of Connecticut and early in her WNBA profession, to Puma in a blockbuster offer that incorporated a signature shoe and clothing line.
Puma at first prepared to launch Stewart’s shoe at the get started of the 2022 WNBA period, even so the COVID-19 pandemic developed manufacturing delays that pushed the shoe’s release to July.
On Friday, Puma unveiled the Stewie 1 Peaceful Hearth, a small leading mesh sneaker that capabilities a neon yellow and black colours. According to the shoe maker, a north star on the soles is an homage to her large faculty and the scar markings on the heels, signifies her two Achilles accidents.
The Stewie 1 and an clothing line consisting of 9 products are anticipated to strike outlets and on line merchants in September ranging from $35-$140.
The past WNBA participant with a signature shoe was Candace Parker’s Adidas TS Ace Commanders in 2010.
“It’s vital that players in the W get these types of prospects simply because we should have them,” explained Stewart, a two-time WNBA winner.
— Storm guard Jewell Loyd collaborated with Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving to develop Nike’s Kyrie Reduced 5 Neighborhood EP “Jewell Loyd” sneaker. Loyd wore the footwear for the first time Thursday.
Competencies Challenge Discipline SET
The WNBA Expertise Challenge finalized its industry of participants, which includes this year’s All-Stars Jonquel Jones, Courtney Vandersloot, Jackie Youthful, Kelsey Plum, Sabrina Ionescu and Rhyne Howard.
On top of that, Azura Stevens and NaLyssa Smith will participate in the noon PT Saturday celebration that will air on ESPN together with the a few-level contest.
Jones and Vandersloot are the only players with experience in the WNBA Abilities Challenge. In 2019, Jones completed 2nd though Vandersloot sophisticated to the semifinals.