Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne, a graduate of the University of Delaware, released her first signature sneaker with Nike: “The DELDON 1”.
The Washington Post’s Kareem Copeland reported the shoe Thursday on Twitter.
The two-time MVP is one of two WNBA players to currently have signature sneakers. Seattle Storm forward Breanna Stewart has a signature sneaker with Puma. Several other great women’s sneakers, including Dawn Staley, have also had iconic sneakers.
Delle Donne told the Post that the sneaker colors have stories behind them, like treating Lyme disease, representing her hometown of Wilmington, Del., and supporting Pride.
This isn’t the Olympic gold medalist’s first partnership with Nike. In 2019, the 6-foot-5 striker collaborated with them to design an accessible shoe that doesn’t require the use of hands in honor of her older sister Lizzie, who has cerebral palsy and autism. Delle Donne then released the Nike Air Zoom UNVRS, which introduced a new system that works for athletes of all skill levels.
Delle Donne, who is averaging 15.3 points and 2.1 assists per game this season, plans to purchase his signature sneakers in October.