Elena Delle Donne's new shoe line isn't just about looks; it's about feel.
Delle Donne's Nike Hyperdunk 2016 PE look awesome, but they also feature a tongue with raised textures and stitching as a tribute to her sister, Lizzie, who was born blind and has special needs:
And here's a picture of the tongue, which features the "I Love You" symbol in sign language:
"The biggest thing that I love is some of the details are raised because my sister is blind, so all of our communication is through touch," Delle Donne told Sports Illustrated in an interview. "So a part of the shoe is about her. There is my tattoo of her name, there is an 'I Love You' symbol.
"Even her perseverance, I have been able to watch her and learn that from her, but unfortunately I was thinking there is no way she will be able to see this shoe. And the awesome shoe gurus came up with this idea with materials like braille so she could feel it."
Delle Donne also has "Path Less Traveled" etched into the shoe, a constant reminder of what has become her mantra throughout her life:
"My entire journey is within this shoe and it is pretty amazing to me," Delle Donne told SI.