This past weekend, the biggest weekend of the WNBA happened and it was nothing short of amazing. Jordan Brand dinners, live performances from Chance the Rapper and Latto, and legends galore all happened in Chicago and shined a light on the best of the best of the WNBA. Team Wilson left Chicago with the win and Big Syl took over the Top 10 on ESPN with a breakaway dunk! Lots of great memories and also, great sneakers!
A few years back, our very own B. Terrell broke the news that WNBA star, Breanna Stewart, would be signing a sneaker deal with Puma Basketball, and also, hinted towards a female signature shoe – something that hasn’t happened in the W since Sheryl Swoopes. During All-Star weekend, we got the first look at the Stewie 1 “Quiet Fire”. This bright lime green and black colorway had us all in awe and wanting more. Candace Parker also debuted the 2nd part of her collection with the adidas family hitting the court in the adidas Exhibit B. The night of first didn’t end there. The Jordan Brand athlete and a favorite for Rookie Of The Year, Rhyne Howard hit the court in the Zion 2 “Voodoo”. Being a fellow kid from Louisiana, these definitely hit home for me. Coming in different variations of brown, green, and gray with stitching throughout, giving them the feel of holding your voodoo doll in her hand. If you aren’t familiar with what a voodoo doll does, the person that controls the voodoo doll, controls your actions, and with these shoes on, Howard made the competition sit still.
Nike also made a heavy appearance at the All-Star with multiple players pulling out some major heat. Kobe Bryant is always so well represented in both leagues, and this weekend was no different. Arike Ogunbowale hit the court in the fan-favorite Kobe 6 “Grinch” and Ariel Atkins walked into the stardom with heat in hand sporting the Kobe 6 “Mambacita”. Sabrina Ionescu hit the court in one of the recent classics, giving us a look at the Kobe 5 “Fade to Black”. If you don’t remember, this collection hit select retailers in 2016 and is still very sought after, years later. Jewell Lloyd dropped a crazy series of 7 threes and caught fire in the 3rd quarter in her Player Exclusive Kyrie 5 Low “Community”. A pair that comes in an eye-catching blue tie dye colorway, and these are a pair every hooper needs in their closets.
A’ja Wilson hit the court in a Player Exclusive Nike Cosmic Unity and her Ace’s teammate, Dearica Hamby gave us another first with the first on-court look at the newest installment of the Jordan signature line, the Jordan 37. A lot of crazy heat on and off the court! The orange carpet was a vibe and the All-Star game itself did not disappoint! With standings becoming more concrete and the second half of the WNBA season underway, who is your pick to bring home the WNBA championship?