Reigning WNBA Finals MVP and league champion Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm is the newest member of the
Though early WNBA stars like Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie, Diana Taurasi and Rebecca Lobo have all had their own signature models with Nike and Reebok in years past, Stewart will be the first female hooper to have her own shoe since Candace Parker received a signature adidas sneaker over a decade ago. Between Stewart and point guard Sue Bird — who’s long received special Kyrie Irving PEs from Nike — it’s safe to say that the Seattle Storm may not just be the best team in the WNBA: they’ll also be the team with the best sneakers in the WNBA. While her signature shoe is crafted, Stewart will be taking the court for the WNBA’s 25th season (which starts Friday, May 14) in other PUMA Hoops models like J. Cole‘s RS-Dreamer and the Clyde All-Pro.
“I am proud to join the PUMA family,” says Stewart. “We share a vision to grow the sport and welcome everyone — specifically women and girls — globally. The genuine investment PUMA has shown to collaborate with and activate around women, including the commitment to a signature performance shoe, is something that I hope serves to raise the expectations and standards of the generations of basketball players who follow me.” PUMA’s Global Director of Brand Marketing Adam Petrick echoed Stewart’s statements, saying “We are thrilled to welcome Breanna Stewart into our PUMA family. She embodies what it means to be a PUMA athlete with her on-court determination to her off-court activism for equality in all forms. We are excited to work together in many ways to not only be an advocate in the community but to also help grow the sport for women everywhere.”
Elsewhere in the world of PUMA, check out the new Rugrats x PUMA Hoops collection, a celebration of the beloved cartoon’s 30th anniversary.