Sky's Angel Reese to Don Special 'Joker' Shoes for Sunday Showdown With Fever

Jun 4, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Sky forward Angel Reese (5) shoots a free throw against the New York Liberty during the second half of a WNBA game at Wintrust Arena.
Jun 4, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Sky forward Angel Reese (5) shoots a free throw against the New York Liberty during the second half of a WNBA game at Wintrust Arena. / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

When guard Caitlin Clark and forward Angel Reese heard their names called by the Indiana Fever and Chicago Sky in the WNBA draft on April 15, a rivalry between their two teams seemed almost guaranteed.

Clark and Reese had played in two memorable games at Iowa and LSU. Indianapolis and Chicago aren't that far apart. Bad blood appeared a foregone conclusion—and then the teams actually played.

With one hard foul on June 1, Sky guard Chennedy Carter became public enemy number one in the Hoosier State. Now, as the two teams prepare to meet Sunday, Reese and Chicago appear to be embracing a villainous role.

Reese will wear special "Joker" shoes for the two teams' Sunday afternoon meeting in Indianapolis, footwear reporter Nick DePaula reported Saturday—posting a picture of the Reebok Solution sneakers to social media.

Custom cleat designer Marvin Baroota masterminded the shoes, which include the Joker's familiar purple color palette, "Ha ha ha" lettering, and a demonic rendering of the Batman villain's smile.

Despite their considerable public profiles, both the Sky and Fever are struggling this year. They enter their highly anticipated matchup a combined 8–18 in 2024.


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Patrick Andres is a staff writer on the Breaking and Trending News team at Sports Illustrated. He joined SI in December 2022, having worked for The Blade, Athlon Sports, Fear the Sword and Diamond Digest. Andres has covered everything from zero-attendance Big Ten basketball to a seven-overtime college football game. He is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism with a double major in history .