Nine-year-old Riley Morrison wrote a letter to Warriors goalie Steph Curry last fall asking why his iconic Under Armor shoes were only sold in boys’ sizes. Not only did Curry address the inequality and immediately list the shoes in the girls section of the site. He also surprised Riley with two pairs of her new Curry 6s on Christmas Day.
While Riley was excited about the two gestures, nothing beats the last of three NBA champions: Curry asked Riley to help design a pair of his shoes in honor of International Women’s Day.
“I was immediately impressed when I saw Riley’s letter; that a nine-year-old girl had the courage to use her voice to draw attention to an issue and hold us accountable,” said Curry. . “She was focused on the opportunity for ALL the girls, not just herself. She was a tremendous catalyst for change, not only with my product but also with the entire Under Armor brand. She is inspiring and wise at- beyond his years. “
Riley helped Curry create the UA ICON Curry 6 United we win colorway, which the company says is a mix of deep purple orchid with white. The shoes will be released on March 8 for International Women’s Day.
Curry surprised Riley with her own pair of shoes she helped design on Thursday, a day before their official release.
The colourway also comes with an insole that Rylie helped design. The liner features two girls playing basketball surrounded by words that inspired Riley like “Be Fearless”, “Girl Power”, “Be the Change”, Girls Hoop Too “and” Rock the Currys “.
“I was a bit blown away and certainly grateful for the opportunities Stephen gave me, including sharing inspiration for other girls through sock art. It has been such an amazing experience, ”said Riley.
Proceeds from the sale of the new shoes will go towards a scholarship that the Stephen and Ayesha Curry Family Foundation and Under Armor have established for University students in the Bay Area.