By Heidi Stevens
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Columnist Heidi Stevens perfectly describes how Steph Curry handled “Shoegate” in such a simple, thoughtful manner.
NBA star Stephen Curry made a basketball-loving girl’s dreams come true when he responded to her plea to offer his signature sneakers in her size.
He also gave the rest of us a reason to talk about some of the strict boy/girl nonsense we inflict on kids’ stuff.
A 9-year-old girl named Riley Morrison wrote a letter to the Golden State Warriors point guard asking why his Curry 5 shoe wasn’t available for girls.
“I asked my dad to buy me the new Curry 5’s, because I’m starting a new basketball season,” she wrote. “My dad and I visited the Under Armour web site and were disappointed to see that there were no Curry 5’s for sale under the girls section. They did have them for sale under the boys section, even to customize. I know you support girl athletes because you have two daughters and you host an all girls basketball camp. I hope you can work with Under Armour to change this because girls want to rock the Curry 5’s too.”
Her dad shared the letter on Twitter and Instagram, hoping Curry’s people would see it.
“Unfortunately we have labeled the smaller sizes as ‘boys’ on the website,” Curry wrote in a letter to Riley, which is posted on his Twitter page. “We are correcting this NOW! I want to make sure you can wear my kicks proudly, so I am going to send you a pair of Curry 5s now AND you’ll be one of the first kids to get the Curry 6. Lastly, we have something special in the works for International Women’s Day on March 8th, and I want you to celebrate with me! More to come on that, but plan to be in Oakland that night!”