Coming off a historic 25th-anniversary last year and subsequent super-team-filled offseason, Sabrina Ionescu and The Swoosh are stoking the anticipation within the women’s basketball ecosystem as the official release of the fourth-year guard’s first signature silhouette draws near. Ahead of Ionescu and the New York Liberty’s season-opener on Friday, up-close imagery of an all-new Nike Air Max 97 "Grey Neon" colorway has been revealed featuring a pastel-infused palette.
Boasted as the Beaverton brand’s first signature unisex collection, the Sabrina 1 is packed to the brim with an arsenal of the banner’s iconized on-court toolings. Featuring full-length React cushioning, a top-loaded Zoom Air unit at the forefoot and a mid-foot band system securing the foot with lockdown cables, the low-cut model rivals the energy return and responsiveness achieved within the heralded GT Cut lineup.
Initially announced via a “Photon Dust” ensemble, Nike’s prominent connection with its signature athletes shines through the pictured pair’s intricate faded yellow embroidery strewn about the forefoot that nods to the All-Star’s Romanian heritage. From the engineered mesh base layer to the nubuck upper tongue and heel foxing, the remaining amount of real estate is reserved for a dominant deployment of faint lilac shades contrasted by a pitch-black mid-foot Swoosh, tread, collar lining and tongue tab logos. Elsewhere, the heel’s dotted lowercase “i” and tongue overlay enjoys a quick sandy departure before the the heel’s cushioning system receives a seldom gradient finish.
Set to debut her first signature on Sunday for the team’s home opener against the Indiana Fever, in the meantime enjoy a detailed look at the Nike Air Max 97 "Grey Neon" “Spark” as we await further release details expected to be announced over the next few weeks.
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