Cappie Pondexter is one of the WNBA’s most electrifying scorers, but it’s her collection of sneakers and on-court player exclusives that set her apart. Last fall, the 5-9 guard found herself in the sneaker spotlight after rocking a pair of player exclusive Nike Kobe 9 EMs in a New York Liberty colorway. Before that, prior to the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game — the midseason showcase that she’s made six times throughout her career — Pondexter took to Instagram to offer her followers a look at her options for the night. Included in the set were PE pairs of the Nike Kobe 9 EM, LeBron 12, and Hyperdunk 2014, all of them doused in light red, with mango and sky blue accents.
In 2015, you can find sneakerheads everywhere in the world, from Detroit to England. But it’s the women who are making the most waves. Sneakerhead Natasha Tsuji grew up wanting to be like TLC and Aaliyah not necessarily because they could sing, but because they had hot sneakers.
“It’s been a long struggle up until the last couple of years where my boys shoes are now cool,” she told me last year. “They are girls shoes too. All of these celebrities rock my boys basketball shoes now too.”
It’s the same way for Pondexter, who loves sneakers so much that she once spent $500 on a pair of custom NIKEiD kicks. Her rotation includes everything from the Nike Flyknit Roshe Run to the Air Yeezy 2 to her on-court Kobes. And while it’s her game that often gets her respect from the dudes — remember, this is the girl who once dropped buckets on NBA player Sebastian Telfair in a pickup game during the 2011 NBA lockout — it’s the sneakers that take her to another level.
Before she had pro-level game, Pondexter had pro-level kicks. See for yourself.
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