Delle Donne’s new Nike basketball shoe with disability-friendly features makes debut


Elena Delle Donne’s new Nike shoe is now available.

Introduced back in August, the shoe from the WNBA star made its debut in November. Delle Donne, the Ursuline and University of Delaware standout won her first WNBA title with the Washington Mystics this year.

The $160 shoe is now available, according to Nike’s website.

Thebasketball shoeintroducesa new FlyEase system for easy entry and exit,and isthe first Nikeshoe built with this featurefrom the ground up.

According to a release, Nike starts with a clear design philosophy: take insights and inspiration from athletes with disabilities to create smarter and better-designed footwear that works for athletes of all abilities.

Delle Donne gained insights from her sister, Lizzie, who lives with disabilities,

“I wanted to show that a professional athlete can wear it,” she says. “Male, female, adult, people with disabilities— this shoe is going to work,” Delle Donne stated.

The FlyEase technology is built with a magnetized heel that folds down and connects to the midsole. This function opens the shoe up so that it is quick and easy to put on and take off (wearers can efficiently slide the foot in and out with no hands).

The shoe also has an articulated strap that engages Flywire cables to allow for a one-handed, two-motion customized and secure fit.

Underfoot is full-length, articulated Nike Air Zoom cushioning that provides quick responsiveness. The shoe’s upper, which has thesame Flyknitas the Nike Alphadunk, is engineered for durability, the release noted.

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