In 2011, Jordan Brand officially announced its signing of University of Connecticut standout and Minnesota Lynx rookie Maya Moore. The multi-year deal was reportedly worth between $3-4 million dollars and made Moore the first female Jordan basketball endorser. Moore was also the first woman basketball player to grab headlines with a footwear and apparel deal since Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker joined the Adidas team in 2008.
After the announcement, Moore and Jordan trended near the top of Twitter for the entire day, giving an idea of how big the news was for the parties involved and woman endorsements as a whole. Some questioned whether Moore would receive a signature shoe as part of the deal, but Jordan Brand reps have confirmed with Sole Collector that signature product is not currently in the works.
In the wake of this historic deal, we thought it appropriate to take a look back at some of the pioneering women that impacted basketball footwear and paved the way for Moore's Jordan deal. An obvious name that comes to mind is the legendary Sheryl Swoopes, who became the first woman to have a signature sneaker when she linked up with Nike in 1995. Since then, players like Cynthia Cooper, Rebecca Lobo, and Chamique Holdsclaw have all had shoes released bearing their names.
Read on for a look at the short list of signature basketball shoes for women that have released in the last three decades.