10 things to know about Paul George's Nike PG1.
Next month Nike will be releasing Paul George's first signature shoe, the Nike PG1, in an Indiana Pacers inspired "Ferocity" colorway.
The kicks will be available globally on March 4th for the retail price of $110 and today Nike has dropped off 10 things to know about the Pacers All-Star's first signature sneaker.
The low-cut shoes, a collaboration between Paul George and Nike designer Tony Hardman, are highlighted by the forefoot strap, as well as Zoom Air units, Flywire cables and a number of signature details.
Check out the PG1 facts below.
1) The Nike Zoom Crusader was George’s favorite basketball shoe until the PG1. Ironically, Hardman designed the Crusader and the snug, seamless fit is reflected in the PG1 design.
2) The PG1 forefoot strap came directly from George, who showed Hardman a sketch of his dream shoe during one of their initial meetings.
3) Elements of George’s favored casual shoe, the Nike SB Janoski, inspired materials and construction subtleties of the PG1.
4) The shoe’s traction pattern, which resembles fish scales, reflects George’s love for fishing — a pastime he shares with his father, Paul George Sr.
5) Three small graphic details on the shoe share personal details about George. The medial side of the left shoe is inscribed with “5-1-15,” honoring the first birthday of George’s daughter, Olivia, on his first shoe. His birthday, “5-2-90,” appears on the medial left side. The right heel tab features a stripe — a reminder of the titanium rod used to repair George’s devastating right-leg fracture.
6) Color subtleties matter and bring stories to life. The PG1 Obsidian colorway injects a nod to his mother, Paulette, with hits of purple on the heel tab and eyelets, blended with George’s team colors obsidian blue and yellow.
7) On the tongue, the PG logo locks George’s initials into a bowtie — a reminder of his unique blend of simplicity and sophistication. Need more evidence? George drives a Ferrari, but keeps a fishing rod in the backseat in case he spots a place to fish.
8) Take note of the materials. From hairy suede to scaled leather, Hardman and George made sure each colorway comes complete with a unique (and high quality) feel.
9) George’s nickname, PG-13, inspires the 13s on the shoe’s heels.
10) The PG1 box is adorned with clouds. Why? George’s early ask to Hardman was to design “clouds on his feet.”