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#WNBAKicks: Maya Moore, the Jordan Jumpwoman

Some birthday presents are better than others. What Maya Moore got to rock on the court on Saturday vs. Connecticut was a sight to behold – red velvet-inspired PEs of the Air Jordan XXXII.

Celebrating her 29th birthday on Monday, Moore is now in her eighth season in the league and she’s remained true to one brand – Jordan.

“It means a lot to me. It’s been a lot of hard work,” Moore said about representing the Jumpman. “It’s my eighth season and all the work behind the scenes, from my off-court team, just continuing to work with the Jordan brand to figure out a way to amplify both the brand and myself in the game of basketball. That’s what MJ and all of his athletes have in common: the love of the game.”

If you’ve been taking a look around lately, you might have noticed Jordan’s new ad campaign with Moore emulating the iconic ‘Wings’ poster from a previous 1985 Jordan campaign. To be able to represent the brand to that level is something Moore doesn’t take for granted.

“It was unreal to be able to recreate that poster, that campaign,” Moore said. “Growing up with that poster in my room, I would have never imagined I would be the female to recreate that within the brand.”

The campaign has given the four-time WNBA champion the platform to spread the value of basketball, and the fact that the campaign has inspired females of all ages across the country is very important to her.

“I really think it’s created so much buzz and excitement,” Moore said. “It’s a beautiful piece, it’s artwork, it’s legacy, it’s basketball, it’s culture. It’s just a big deal to be able to grow the game in that way by me being the female face, to be able to be part of that and for it to be a big stage for people to see it and be a part of it.”

From being like Maya… to meeting Maya! #WatchMeWork

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Of course, being part of the Jordan brand means the opportunity to wear some fresh kicks, and Moore enjoyed her championship ride last year in the Air Jordan XXXI.

“I had a lot of fun in the XXXIs,” Moore recalled about last year’s sneaker. “The new mixed with the old, that combination and the history, the feel of the shoe with the all canvas upper for the XXXIs.”

#SoleWatch: @MooreMaya wearing an Air Jordan 31 PE in the WNBA Playoffs.

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For the non-sneakerhead, the Jordan XXXIs pays homage to the original Air Jordan 1 model in its design, while giving it a new modern feel. Since Moore enjoyed the XXXIs so much, it should go as to no surprise to what her favorite kicks are off the court — she even has her own custom colorway.

“I love the classic style of the 1s off the court,” said Moore. “The different looks but just the classic — it’s got a slim silhouette which I appreciate for us with larger feet, so that’s a fun shoe — a cool shoe to wear off the court.”