If there’s a fun duo to follow on social media, it’s the Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson and Tamera Young:
What this duo also has in common is their love for kicks.
“I probably have like 500 or something pairs,” Young said of what’s in her shoe closet. “Nike, Air Max, Jordan, Adidas, Puma, New Balance, Reebok – I think I have at least one pair of each brand of sneakers. I just love shoes and now that I’m not signed to anybody, I can wear whatever I want.”
“I’ve been rocking Under Armour back at college so that’s what I wore,” said Wilson. “I’m a ‘low’ type of person, I don’t really like high-tops. If I get them, I just got them to get them, not necessarily to wear them.”
When we interviewed Wilson and Young prior to their game against the New York Liberty last week, we saw the duo rocking heat – Wilson with the Nike LeBron 15 Low ‘Light Bone’ and Young with her Nike Kobe 8 ‘Barcelona.’
“These are so comfortable, so light and particularly these – they have pink on the bottom and they’re my favorite color so I love that,” Wilson said of her LeBron 15s. “They’re just very comfortable, I feel like I’m on cloud nine. they’re bouncy – that’s why I love them.”
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As for Young, her kicks hinged on a redemption story.
“I wore [the Kobe 8s] in Phoenix, but it was kind of a bad game (2 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST). I had to redeem myself, so then I wore them again in Indiana and it was a good game (11 PTS, 5 REB, 9 AST). So I’m just wearing them again tonight.”
Young finished the game with 10 points and two steals, with Wilson also chipping in 13 points and two steals to lead Vegas to a 78-63 victory over the Liberty.
In her 11th WNBA season, Young has mastered the craft of rocking kicks that turn heads, but she’s aware of how to select her shoes to ball out in.
“I just like my kicks to be fly and something different. I don’t really like to wear kicks that everybody else is wearing,” Young said. “But they also have to be comfortable, as well. Now that I’m getting older, I just can’t put anything on my feet. So the style but also the comfort are the main two things for me.”
This past Father’s Day, Young wore a special pair of custom Jordan CP3.Xs to honor her father. With all of the sneakers Young has worn on the court her entire career, the Chris Paul signature shoe is one that sticks out.
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“My favorite shoes of all-time on the court have got to be my Chris Pauls,” Young said. “The shoe is really comfortable. That’s my guy and I support him and he supports me so that’s probably my go-to shoe on the court. The 6s are the most comfortable. The first time I wore them, I was like ‘I don’t have to break them in.’ I just put them on and just started rocking them.”
On the other end of the spectrum is a young rookie like Wilson, who has kept consistent with many other players in the league, rocking LeBron 15s. But Wilson also likes to keep her off-the-court kick game strong.
“Oh man. It varies from Vapormaxes, to Air Maxes, to Jordans – so it’s just how I’m feeling,” said Wilson. “I love things with a lot of bright, vibrant colors, soo if it has pink in them, I’m probably wearing it. If it’s something light, I like it.”
True to their bond on and off the court, Wilson and Young share a common favorite shoe model – the Jordan Retro XI – but they vary in preference of how they like their Jordan XIs.
“The Jordan XIs [are my favorites],” Wilson said. “I love some XI lows.”
For Young, it’s the complete opposite, with an ode to the OG model of the Jordan XI.
“The Concord Jordan Retro XI, the black and white,” Young said of her favorite shoe. “I remember crying for them in high school for the first time, and I actually got a pair, so it’s my favorite all-time shoe.”