Women's bball

Since the WNBA started in 1997, the women's specific basketball shoe has seen major highs and lows. Depending on what year you're looking at, the market completely is either flux or devoid of women's specific shoes.

Today, women's specific versions are rare and the signature shoe dedicated to female athletes has been completely forgotten. Almost every current WNBA player wears a shoe that was 

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No. 20 - Lady Bruin

Year released: 1976

On the outside, this shoe was all leather and laces, the inside (tongue tab specifically) read: "Nike sport shoes are manufacture to the exact specifications of champion athletes throughout the world. The Nike name and Swoosh stripe are your guarantee of quality." Whether the tag boasted Taiwan or Japan, all early Nike basketball shoes carried the logo.

Nike Lady Blazer Hi Top

No. 19 - Lady Blazer Hi Top

Year released: 1976

A classic Nike silhouette, the Hi was later converted to a Mid and is now considered more of a skate shoe. Worn in leather or suede back in the day, the tongue was heavily padded for comfortable ankle support. White leather on a canvas sole, this was an OG ladies sneaker.

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No. 18 - Nike Air Flight Deny

Year released: 1998
Worn by: Dawn Staley

This sturdy shoe was a direct product of the late '90s, featuring a heavily layered synthetic leather upper and a herringbone outsole, perfect for the all-around player.

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No. 17 - Nike Air Max Highup

Year released: 1998
Worn by: Lisa Leslie

Utilizing a visible Air sole ans an all-leather upper, this all around court shoe featured a herringbone outsole for dynamic traction on the court.

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No. 16 - Nike Air C14

Year released: 1999
Worn by:  Cynthia Cooper

Named after Cynthia herself with the "C" for Cooper and "14" for her jersey number in the WNBA, the Air Max equipped released for $85 back in the day.

Nike Women's Total Air 9

No. 15 - Nike Air Total 9

Year released: 1998
Worn by: Lisa Leslie

A synthetic leather upper, full-length Total Air unit, and rubber outsole made the Total Air 9 one heavy court shoe, weighing in at 18 oz.

Nike HyperChaos

No. 14 - Nike Zoom Hyperchaos

Year released: 2013
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This all court shoe features a Hyperfuse upper for lightweight protection and a full length Zoom unit.

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No. 13 - Nike Air Flight Superb II

Year released: 2001
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Released a year after the OG Superb, this leather Michelin-man style sneaker features perforations on the medial side of the toebox, leather pull tabs, and unconventionally ridged outsole.0

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No. 12 - Nike Air Tuned Swoopes

Year released: 1999
Worn by:  Sheryl Swoopes

Featuring an Air Zoom heel crashpad and a diverse outsole for maximum traction thanks to a mixture of forefoot herringbone and a plug-like system in the heel.

Nike Women's Air Post 'Em Up

No. 11 - Nike Air Post 'Em Up

Year released: 1998
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This power team shoe featured a full-grain leather upper, visible heel air unit, forefoot Air and a flexible herringbone outsole for traction. Originally sold for $85 weighing in at 16.5 ounces.

Nike Air Zoom S5

No. 10 - Nike Air Zoom S5

Year released: 1999
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Released in the haze of Sheryl Swoopes signatures, Dawn Staley's Zoom S5 featured a herringbone outsole and forefoot strap for extra ankle lock-down.

Nike Women's Air Run 'Em Up

No. 9 - Nike Air Run 'Em Up

Year released: 1998
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A full-grain leather upper, heel and forefoot encapsulated Air-sole units with an optimal motion outsole with herringbone pattern originally sold for $75 in four basic color ways.

Nike Women's AIr Max Shake 'Em Up

No. 8 - Nike Women's Air Max Shake 'Em Up

Year released: 1998
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This shoe was for the total players like Cynthia Cooper with a full-grain and synthetic leather upper, forefoot Zoom Air, and a contoured 3/4 Max Air bag midsole

Nike Women's Air Run 'Em Up

No. 7 - Nike Air Run 'Em Up 1998

Year released: 1998
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A full-grain leather upper, heel and forefoot encapsulated Air-sole units with an optimal motion outsole with herringbone pattern originally sold for $75 in four basic color ways.

Nike Air Visi Pro 3

No. 6 - Nike Air Visi Pro III

Year released: 2013
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This deal of a shoe ($40!) features a synthetic upper for superior comfort and lockdown with a visible Air-Sole unit and a full length Phylon midsole weighing in a 12.4 oz. Great for any forwards, point guards, and shooting guards.

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No. 5 - Nike Air Swoopes IV

Year released: 1998
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For the athletic, aggressive player with a pylon midsole and a forefoot Air unit underfoot and an optimal motion herringbone outsole.

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No. 4 - Nike Air Max Hyped

Year released: 2010
Worn by: Candice Wiggins

From the Nike Hyperize family came the cost effective women's Air Max Hyped, built with a synthetic upper on a full length Phylon midsole with herringbone traction.

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No. 3 - Nike Air Swoopes

Year released: 1996
Worn by: Sheryl Swoopes

The first women's basketball signature shoe deserves its lofty placement on this list as it is truly a trailblazer. Developed by Marni Gerber, this design merged traction with agility on a Duraback outsole and stability strap across the midfoot.

Nike Shox Mique

No. 2 - Nike Shox Mique

Year released: 2001
Worn by: Chamique Holdsclaw

Combining the leather uppers of the day with a quilted remix the Chamique signature featured the technology of the day, Nike Shox, for a responsive midsole.

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No. 1 - Nike Air Swoopes Zoom

Year released: 1997
Worn by: Sheryl Swoopes

Released the same year as Jason Kidd's first signature shoe, the Nike Zoom Flight V, Swoopes' first signature introduced Nike Zoom technology, the Air Swoopes was highly regarded for incorporating an aerodynamic build.

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