Technically, this is the fourth Paul George Nike shoes, but in Nike’s perspective, it is the third signature shoe because, PG2.5 is consider a branch off of the PG2. Don’t ask why it so. I am a marketeer by training and even then, I hate how marketeers tried to manipulate words like how financier likes manipulating numbers. Anywho, what you see here is the Limited Edition Nike PG NASA Shoes that went official last week and as you can see, it is quite a looker.
I am no athlete, so performance is secondary, but if you are all about performance, this is the pair of kicks ticks all the check boxes of a basketball player. It is lighter and softer, and thus enable you to move faster. It has superb traction – thanks to the unique circular traction pattern, and sleek and seamless. Basically, it is a pair of basketball shoes designed to be pushed hard while looking cool. The colorway is close to George’s heart as it highlights the man’s hometown of Palmdale with a NASA-inspired colorway, specifically the site of the area’s research center.
TBH, I was confused for a moment, thinking George’s other dream was to become an astronaut, but it wasn’t the case after all. Performance and looks aside, the shoe features several interesting design touches, including George’s favorite quotes on the shoe’s heel, and numbers on the circular traction pattern that are closely related to George’s past, like his birthday, the different numbers he has worn during his career and the number of tattoos he have.
Other details include a reimagined, lightweight collar with integrated tongue, flight patch on heel (NASA and Apollo 11, one on each heel), galaxy finish Swoosh emblem against a silver sole, Palmdale zip code on the side, Morse code detail (rear of outsole), and colors that reference to an astronaut’s flight and space suit, namely, safety orange of the flight suit, and lightweight foil (tongue and color) and blue from the space suit.
The Limited Edition Nike PG NASA Shoes will be available on January 26, 2019, but we are not sure how much it will cost. Steal a few more looks after the jump.
All images courtesy of Nike Inc.