The New “Big Three”

When Nike announced the signing of what most consider to be the new “Big Three” in women’s basketball, many began to speculate whether this meant a reemergence of the women’s signature shoe.  While the original “Big Three” of Sheryl Swoopes, Cynthia Cooper, and Lisa Leslie all donned popular signatures back in their day, the landscape of women’s basketball sneakers has been on a steady decline.  Swaying interest levels in the women’s game certainly played a role in this decline, but in my opinion, so did a lack of understanding in what a woman’s signature shoe should be.

We may have gone beyond the old adage of “shrink it and pink it” with regards to designing women’s specific product, but new archetypes have been created.  In order to make a shoe appear “feminine” it should have free-flowing organic lines, and a woman’s shoe should only appeal to other women.  Here in lies the problem.  When it comes to basketball (and most other sports), women want to be recognized as a “good baller” not a “good female baller” and this needs to be considered when designing a woman’s signature shoe.  The shoe ultimately needs to function for each individual’s style of play and also have a look fitting with the person it represents.  But who says that only women can like it?  Why not create a shoe for a woman that men will want to adopt too?  With that, I give you my designs for the new “Big Three”.

Nike Hypegriner (Brittney Griner) Griner-2The Hypegriner features a full Hyperfused upper with Dynamic Flywire lacing system for support.  Lunarlon sections in the forefoot and heel provide cushioning and an extended heel wrap provides stability.

Nike Lunar D2 (Elena Delle Donne)DelleDonneThe Lunar D2 features a full Lunarlon midsole for responsive cushioning.  Laser cut reinforcements are sandwiched between two layers of mono mesh to provide maximum support and airflow all while reducing unnecessary weight.

Nike Zoom Dig (Skylar Diggins)DigginsThe Zoom Dig features an exaggerated midsole with carbon fiber shank to support lateral movements and  Zoom Air provides cushioning in the forefoot.  The low cut collar height allows for quicker movements and an adaptive fit strap provides superior lock down across the foot.

Introduction: My Sole History

If being a Sneakerhead is all about appreciating good footwear, then I think the best way to show this appreciation is by truly living life in your shoes.  This is what I’ve been living in for the past twenty years.

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 From top left to bottom right: Jordan IX, Nike Air Force Max CB, Jordan XI, Nike Air Penny II, Nike Zoom Flight 96, Adidas KB8, Nike Son of Glove, Nike Air Flight Determination, Nike Flight, Adidas Amazing Handle, Jordan Camp 23, Nike Air Max Flight, Nike Air Flight Wings, Jordan Jumpman Team FBI, Nike Zoom Generation, Nike Shox VC IV, Nike Air Max Triax, Nike Air Max 120, Nike Tailwind 2000, Nike Air Max 2000, Nike Air Kukini, Nike Air Kukini, Nike Air Max 95 Zen, Nike Air Max Torch, Nike Structure Triax 13, Nike Lunarglide+, Nike Lunarelite 2 Livestrong, Vibram Komodo Sport, Nike Air Vapor, Adidas Equipment Feet You Wear Trainer, Nike Air Team Trainer, Nike Lunar Allways TR, Nike MCS Keystone, Asics Hyper MD, Nike Zoom Rival D, Nike MCS Respect, Nike SP5 III, Shimano SH-R085W, Keds Champion Plaid, Adidas Superstar, Adidas Superstar 2, Nike AF1 Takedown, Saucony Jazz, Nike Cortez, Nike Air Wafflo, Nike Winter HI 3, Nike Dunk, Nike Morgan 6.0, Nike Terminator Low, Converse All-Star, Converse All-Star Slip, Keds Champion Oxford, Keds Champion Jersey, Nike Blazer Macro