Lyme disease inspired the WNBA star’s new Nike shoes

Elena Delle Donne is many things. A loving sister, activist and 6x WNBA All-Star. Now the Washington Mystics wing can add a signature athlete to the roster.

Today Delle Donne introduced their newest basketball shoe, the Nike Air Deldon. The launch colorway is called “Lyme” and is inspired by the 33-year-old’s battle with Lyme disease.

Delle Donne tweeted, “Inspired by my battle with Lyme disease, this shoe represents my fight on and off the court. By sharing my story, I hope to show other athletes what is possible.”

If that’s not cool enough, the colorway is only half of this shoe’s amazing story. Below is everything fans need to know about the inspiring and truly incendiary shoes.

Nike Air Deldon ‘Lyme’

View of the Nike Air Deldon ‘Lyme’

The Nike Air Deldon ‘Lyme’ released on October 6, 2022 for $120 in adult sizes. Fans can buy a pair of shoes that are easy to slip on Nike’s website and at select retailers.

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Nike touts the model as their most inclusive basketball shoe ever made. The design was inspired by Elena’s disabled older sister, Lizzie; the innovative Nike FlyEase design has a collapsible heel and a shaft that opens wide for easy entry. Step in, press down on the FlyEase strap to secure, and you’re ready to go.

Cushioning is provided by lightweight Crater foam, plus a full-length Nike Air unit stitched to the upper to help reduce layers and overall weight. Plus, a forefoot Zoom Air unit that returns energy with every step.

The bright green rubber outsole features contoured lines that bend and deflect in multiple directions to help you gain traction and always feel connected to the court.

Without a doubt, these are some of the best sneakers to release in 2022. Hats off to Nike and Delle Donne for creating a classic hoop shoe. Stay locked into for all of your shoe news.

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