WNBA Superstar Leaves Nike for Puma

On Wednesday, it was announced in a joint release with Puma and various other outlets that Breanna Stewart, 26, of WNBA’s Seattle Storm, is leaving Nike and has signed with Puma, with her first signature shoe underway. According to records, Stewart will become the first WNBA player with her signature shoe in the last decade and only the 10th overall.

“For Puma to be able to put the signature element out there, respect me enough where they think that I deserve a signature shoe, is something that’s super exciting,” Stewart told Nick DePaula of The Boardroom and ESPN.

“Hopefully, we can make a really dope shoe that a lot of people will like: male, female, young, old, basketball, non-basketball type of thing. I’m just really excited to get the respect that women’s basketball deserves and bring another to a whole another level,” said Stewart.

The basketball world has been excited to see the next women’s signature shoe, but Stewart said that the shoes” release is still 12-18 months out. Though relatively common on the NBA side with 18 men’s players currently with a signature shoe, only nine players in the WNBA’s 25-year history have had one.

Stewart will be the first women’s basketball player to have been offered her signature shoe built from scratch since 2010 when Candace Parker’s signature TS Ace Commander by Adidas was released. Stewart will be involved in the colors, design, naming, and messaging, ESPN reported.

“[It is] definitely going to be a low top,” she said via ESPN. “Going to have a cushion for the Achilles and all the people in the Achilles family. Then, I was thinking, ”Oh, maybe I can make it eco-friendly.” It’s going to be exciting. I think that cool colorways are definitely going to come. Something where you can rock it on and off the court.”

During her first season in WNBA, she was awarded Rookie of the Year and made her first all-WNBA team and all-defensive team. She was a four-time NCAA champion at UConn. She also has won the finals MVP and WNBA league MVP in 2018.