Nike Basketball is officially set to release Elena Delle Donne’s very own Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 PE inspired by her favorite shoe of all-time – the Nike Air Swoopes from 1996.
“This shoe is truly inspired by my favorite basketball player of all time, Sheryl Swoopes,” notes Delle Donne. “There are a lot of pieces in the shoe that represent the Swoopes 1. If you look at the inside pattern of this Hyperdunk, it has the same pattern as on the Swoopes 1. My favorite part is the tab on the back of the heel, which was a signature element of the shoe.”
On that front, the suede panel at the back of Delle Donne’s Nike React Hyperdunk 2017, for example, is a subtle nod to the Swoopes 1, while the color scheme effortless nods to the Swoopes 1 and the athlete’s current team in Washington D.C.
Additional design details include: color blocking that mimics the Nike Air Swoopes from 1996, the angel wing tattoo rendition on the inside tongue as a tribute to her sister, Lizzie. Which you can not only see but also feel — Lizzie is blind and deaf. Heel tabs feature “1” on the left and “1” on the right portraying Delle Donne’s uniform number in a similar fashion to the heel tabs on the Air Swoopes. Lastly, the outsoles read “Demand” and “Excellence”
Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 Elena Delle Donne PE Release Date
Look for Elena Delle Donne’s Nike React Hyperdunk 2017 PE to release on November 4th at select Nike Basketball retailers and Nike.com.
Release Date: November 4, 2017
Original Nike Air Swoopes