21. Sheryl Swoopes

Sneaker Company: Nike

Years: 1996-2003

Sheryl Swoopes became the first woman to ever receive a signature sneaker line in 1996, just in time for the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. The Nike Air Swoopes line made the fellas jealous for almost a decade with designs like the Air Swoopes, the first women's Zoom Air equipped Air Swoopes Zoom and the first Air Max cushioned version, the Air Swoopes IV. Sheryl Swoopes basically opened the doors for WNBA stars to line up sneaker deals in the future all the way up until the Air Swoopes VI and Swoopes Premier in the early 2000's.