Brand: Nike WMNS
Model: Air Swoopes II
Key Features: Leather and mesh construction, unconventional lacing system with adjustable toggle, and showy, vertical Swoosh on the overlay across its tongue, embroidered branding throughout.
Release Date: August 17 (White/Black-Royal), September 7 (White/Black-Red)
Price: $140 USD
Buy: Nike SNKRS
Editor’s Notes: WNBA legend Sheryl Swoopes was the first woman to get a signature Nike basketball shoe, and in 1995, the Nike Air Swoopes was born. Additionally, it’s worth noting that she was the second athlete behind Michael Jordan to have an eponymous model.
With ’90s pop and basketball culture making a comeback this year, Nike pays homage to the era with a new series of retro female footwear, and the Nike Air Swoopes II, which debuted in 1997, will be the first silhouette re-released. The drop hopes to inspire new generations of women that can connect to the sport through Sheryl Swoopes’ iconic story.
In regard to what the Air Swoopes meant, “It feels surreal to know that I had my own shoe,” says Swoopes. “I look at where the game is today, and how far we as female athletes, as women, have come — and how much work we still have to do just to be appreciated. I feel like now is such an important time for women and female athletes everywhere.”
For more details about the history of the Air Swoopes, head on over to Nike.
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