Gamecock legend designs exclusive shoe

South Carolina basketball legend A'ja Wilson recently announced that she will release her own signature shoe called the A'One in 2025. The honor was long overdue for the world's best player, but the Colombia native is sure to sell a lot of Nike sneakers when the long-awaited signature shoes hit the market.

Over the weekend, it was announced that another Gamecock legend will also receive an exclusive shoe. Aliyah Boston, probably the second greatest South Carolina basketball alumna of all time (after Wilson), and Adidas are collaborating to create the
“Virgin Island Pride VI Strong” Exhibit Select 2.0.” According to the announcement post on social media from Indiana Fever (Boston’s WNBA organization), the shoe was designed to honor the islands, Boston’s faith, and Boston itself during “Aliyah Boston Day” in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

The shoe can be seen below.

After Boston was selected first in last year's draft, the team signed with Adidas almost immediately, so it was only a matter of time before the apparel manufacturer gave the star his own shoe. Of the five active WNBA stars with their own or announced shoes, two are Gamecocks (Boston and Wilson).

With Boston's announcement, only South Carolina has multiple alumni with shoe contracts. South Carolina basketball coach Dawn Staley (Nike) was also one of the 14 WNBA players to ever get her own shoe. The late Nikki McCray-Penson, a former Carolina assistant, also had a shoe.

Aliyah Boston is in her second year in the WNBA after a standout career in garnet and black with the South Carolina basketball program. The former National Player of the Year, National Defensive Player of the Year and National Champion followed her selection as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 WNBA Draft by earning a spot in the WNBA All-Star Game, where she played alongside Wilson. Boston won the league's Rookie of the Year award at the end of the season.

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