Steph Curry has built a reputation as one of the nicest guys in the NBA unless, that is, you’re trying to guard him beyond the arc. The married father of three daughters writes personal essays about raising empowered daughters, talks parenting with other superstars, and gets scolded by his mom for cursing. His latest shoe release won’t make the dad shoe hall of fame, but they are proof that Curry is also the kind of guy who keeps promises.
The Curry 6 ‘United We Win’ colorway was just released in honor of International Women’s Day. The Under Armour shoes are lavender and purple, with a fully knit upper and a sockliner that looks like a piece of ruled paper with kids’ drawings and phrases like “Girls Hoop Too” and “Be Fearless.” They’re also customizable: you can swap out the sockliner for a photo of your own and get custom text on the tongue of the shoe.
Helping Curry design the shoe was Riley Morrison, the nine-year-old who wrote a letter to Steph back in November when she couldn’t buy Curry 5’s in girls’ sizes. Her dad posted her letter to Twitter and, to her surprise, Curry replied with a handwritten note of his own.
Curry said he had worked with Under Armour to relabel “boys” sizes as “youth,” sent Morrison a pair of the shoes she’d been trying to buy, and invited her to help design the special edition. She joined Curry at the launch event.
“I’ve been kinda blown away, and certainly grateful for the opportunities that Stephen has given me, including sharing inspiration for other girls through the sockliner art. This has been such an incredible experience,” said Morrison.
Proceeds from the shoes will fund a scholarship established by the Stephen and Ayesha Curry Family Foundation and Under Armour to be given annually to a college-bound female student in the Bay Area.