After speculation this week that a big move was coming, 2020 WNBA Finals MVP Breanna Stewart has made her Puma deal official days before the 2021 WNBA season opener.
A few days ago, reporter B. Terrell noted that Breanna was rocking the Puma RS-Dreamer during media day, also mentioning her love for J. Cole:
Things became official Wednesday, when Puma announced the multiyear deal that includes a signature shoe. This is the first female signature shoe in 10 years, with the last debut signature being Candace Parker’s adidas TS Ace Commander in 2010. The last woman’s signature to release in general is Parker’s ACE3 in 2012. Stewie becomes just the 10th WNBA player with her own shoe. Sheryl Swoopes broke ground as the first signature woman back in 1996 with the Nike Air Swoopes 1.
Stewart averaged 28.3 PPG and 7.7 RPG in a sweep of the Las Vegas Aces. The story is even more special considering Stewy tore her Achilles in April of 2019 after winning the league MVP and Finals MVP in 2018.
According to ESPN, the signing is the start of the typical 12-18 month design process for a performance sneaker to reach market. In simpler terms, we won’t see Stewart’s signature for at least another year. With creative input on colorways, design, and the name – Breanna expects a low-top, with extra support for the Achilles section.
The news comes after Stewart and her Seattle Storm absolutely dominated the 2020 “Wubble” playoffs, in which Breanna wore the Nike Zoom BB NXT. The 2020 Finals MVP had worn Nike throughout her four-year career. She also rocked the swoosh in her four years at UConn.
Breanna will headline a solid Puma roster alongside Skylar Diggins-Smith, Jackie Young and Katie Lou Samuelson.