Angel Reese shows off custom shoes ahead of WNBA rematch with Caitlin Clark

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Angel Reese and Caitlin Clark helped bring an unprecedented amount of attention to women’s basketball.

Clark was the first player selected in the 2024 WNBA Draft, while the Chicago Sky used the seventh overall pick on Reese. The excitement surrounding the two star players has carried over from college to the professional ranks, and Sunday afternoon will mark the second time Reese and Clark square off in the WNBA.

But, the first matchup between the Sky and Fever was marred by a controversial foul. Sky guard Chennedy Carter made a basket late in the third quarter. She then shifted to defense and began guarding Clark, who was attempting to get open to receive the inbound pass.

But Clark never touched the ball, as Carter delivered a shoulder check, which knocked the Fever star to the hardwood. Referees immediately assessed Carter with a foul.


Angel Reese shoots the basketball

Angel Reese #5 of the Chicago Sky shoots a free throw during the game against the Minnesota Lynx during a WNBA preseason game on May 3, 2024 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Meanwhile, Reese is once again bringing some special sneakers with her for the highly anticipated rematch. The Sky forward will be sporting a custom pair of Joker-themed sneakers for the Father’s Day matchup with the Fever.

The front of the purple, red, and white shoes feature a green Reebok logo. A rendering of the Joker’s infamous smile is also painted on the front of the sneakers, and the words “Ha Ha” are also visible.


Reese inked a name, image, and likeness (NIL) deal with Reebok last October, and she serves as a brand ambassador for the company. Reese also has a collection of shoes and athletic wear by Reebok.


While the message of the custom shoes is unclear, some have speculated that the footwear are another sign that Reese is further embracing playing the villain.

“It all started from the national championship game,” Reese told reporters on June 3. ” I’ve been dealing with this for two years now. Understanding, yeah, negative things have probably been said about me, but honestly, I’ll take that because look where women’s basketball is. People are talking about women’s basketball (who) you would never think would be talking about women’s basketball.

People are pulling up to games. We got celebrities coming to games, sold out arenas, just because of one single game. And just look at that. I’ll take that role. I’ll take the bad guy role. And I’ll continue to take that on and be that villain for my teammates. If I wanna be that, I know I’ll go down in history. I’ll look back in 20 years like the reason why we’re watching women’s basketball is not just because of one person. It’s because of me too. I want y’all to realize that.”

Reese and Clark went head-to-head in the 2023 NCAA Division I women’s basketball national championship game. Reese and LSU defeated Clark and Iowa in the matchup, but the Hawkeyes came out on top in early April during the Elite Eight.  

Reese pointing to her ring finger in the final moments of the 2023 national title game became the lasting image. Since that moment, the perceived rivalry between Reese and Clark has been widely discussed.

Angel Reese taunts Caitlin Clark

FILE – LSU’s Angel Reese reacts in front of Iowa’s Caitlin Clark during the second half of the NCAA Women’s Final Four championship basketball game April 2, 2023, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Both players have stated that they have respect for each other’s game and that the rivalry is not bitter or personal.

“Me and Caitlin Clark don’t hate each other,” Reese said in April during the NCAA tournament. “I want everybody to understand that. It’s just a super-competitive game. Once I get between those lines, there’s no friends. I have plenty of friends on the court that I talk to outside of the game, but like when I get between those lines, we’re not friends. We’re not buddies. I’m going to talk trash to you. I’m going to do whatever it takes to get in your head the whole entire game, but after the game we can kick it.”

Meanwhile, Clark complimented Reese for her competitive spirit, saying, “Me and Angel have always been great competitors.”

Caitlin Clark takes the ball up

Caitlin Clark #22 of the Indiana Fever handles the ball against the Washington Mystics at Capital One Arena on June 07, 2024 in Washington, DC.  (G Fiume/Getty Images)

Clark added that the great talent and competition have helped elevate women’s basketball.

“The biggest thing is women’s basketball is in a really great place,” Clark said in March.

Reese is averaging 12.2 points and 10 rebounds over her first 12 WNBA games. She said she is having fun as she continues to work her way through the transition from college to the pros.

“It’s been great,” Reese told ESPN earlier this season. “Just being able to affect the game in different ways, understanding the transition and just giving myself grace and being patient with everything. I’ve been able to have fun out there and grow every game.”


Clark is averaging 15.6 points and 6 assists per game. She tied her career-best 30 points on June 7 in a win over the hapless Washington Mystics.

Tipoff for the nationally televised game is set for 12 p.m. ET.

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