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Nike’s Sabrina Ionescu Capsule Serves the World’s Variety of Hoopers

Nike's Sabrina Ionescu
James Francisco

Recently crowned as the Women’s National Basketball Association’s (WNBA) “Queen of the Three,” Sabrina Ionescu subtly grazes the backboard from the arc to claim the association’s single-season three-point record (123) with a personalized Swoosh signature pair on toe.

The Beaverton, Oregon natives have themselves a star—placing the New York Liberty guard’s legacy on a footwear-apparel collection that embraces her unparalleled hooping prowess.

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Built to serve all hoopers, the Romanian-American cager is the first female athlete in the sport to receive a signature silhouette from the brand, perfectly complementing her crafty and elusive style of play. Nike’s Sabrina 1 populates the racks through its primordial ‘Ionic’ colorway, integrating a full-length Nike React cushioning, a snappy forefoot Zoom Air unit, and cloud-like React foam for versatile movements. Its midfoot band system and lockdown cables keep the foot secured, while a stabilizing shank promotes overall balance.

Ionescu’s national heritage is woven into the silhouette, evidenced by the intricate embroidery patterns that tribute Romanian art and architecture transitioning from the sole to the upper. Easter eggs populate the forefront, with an upward-oriented Swoosh on the medial that exemplifies breaking boundaries and her Nike insignia slated on the tongue and the insole. A hidden “Anyone, Anywhere” quote references her unmatched competitive spirit, believing dreamers can come from anywhere.

Venturing into Nike’s commitment to serving the next generation, the Sabrina Ionescu collection caters to its inclusiveness through gender-neutral performance and lifestyle pieces. Ionescu’s debut wardrobe includes a hoodie, tees, shorts, and a cross-body bag, emphasizing the Nike Unicorn sock—the first to utilize Dri-FIT ADV materials, pattered after the Swoosh’s advanced apparel renditions. Phil Knight’s brainchild continues its “Move to Zero,” captured through its 80 percent recycled materials component while staying true to cushioning, compression, traction, and Achilles support when in play.

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Nike proudly introduces Ionescu as the newest member of its signature family, joining fellow icons Serena Williams, Megan Rapinoe, and Naomi Osaka in constructing capsules that reflect their greatness.

“Ionescu is the first women’s basketball player to deliver a unisex signature collection with NIKE, Inc.,” said Kerry Sobol, VP Global Women’s Team and Organized Sports. “We are thrilled she will lead the charge with us and continue to change the scope of the game for future generations.”

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