Paul George is gracefully taking his time in becoming the on-court legend we’ve see him shaping into as a star player in the NBA, both for the Pacers and currently with OKC. That’s why it comes as no surprise that he’s only on his third signature shoe — the 2.5 technically doesn’t count apparently — after being in the league for nine strong seasons. Alas though, we’ve finally reached the release of his brand new PG3, and it might be the best in his sneaker series thanks to a little help up top from NASA.
Collaborating with Nike Basketball Footwear Designer Tony Hardman, George found ways of incorporating the story he wants to tell in his overall career into a silhouette that packs in a speed equal to the fast-pace nature of a contemporary game of streetball. Utilizing a strategy of stripping away the excess materials seen on the last shoe (i.e. extra TPU) and leaving just the essentials to his gameplay — the innovative forefoot Zoom Bag gives him better response overall — ultimately resulted in a shoe that puts the priority on performance. NASA comes into play with the color inspiration, as Paul George himself is from Palmdale, CA, also known as the “aerospace capital of the United States.” The red, white and blue hues synonymous with NASA’s logo are paired with the signature orange & blue OKC team colors, which also finds its way onto a set of apparel as well (seen below). Better traction, a sleeker fit and a lightweight build that’s softer overall are the core foundations of this new shoe, which is sure to be any athlete’s go-to choice.
Both the Nike PG3 “NASA” and its accompanying apparel will drop as a limited-edition release starting January 26 at select retailers and online. Check out the “Behind the Design” mini-doc above, and more images of the shoe below:
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