Tailored to Paul George’s two-way game, the low cut PG1 is a true collaboration between George and Nike designer Tony Hardman. With a distinctive forefoot strap, anchored by Flywire cable loops, the simple silhouette packs a highly functional punch. Under the forefoot, a Zoom Air unit delivers low-profile, responsive cushioning, while a number of signature details add a personal touch.
Hardman and George’s connection is evident in the nuances of the PG1’s design. Here are 10 of things you might not notice at first glance:
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.
The PG1 forefoot strap came directly from George, who showed Hardman a sketch of his dream shoe during one of their initial meetings.
Elements of George’s favored casual shoe, the Nike SB Janoski, inspired materials and construction subtleties of the PG1.
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.
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.
Family ties are also evident in the shoe's color choices. The PG1 Obsidian colorway injects a nod to his mother, Paulette, with hits of purple on the heel tab and eyelets, and blend with George’s team colors obsidian blue and yellow.
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.
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.
George’s nickname, PG-13, inspires the 13s on the shoe’s heels.
The PG1 box is adorned with clouds. Why? George’s early ask to Hardman was to design “clouds on his feet.”
1. Forefoot strap with Flywire technology loop system provides adaptive support
2. Zoom Air unit under the forefoot and plush sockliner provide responsive cushioning
3. Full-bootie construction delivers a snug, 1-to-1 fit
4. Multidirectional scale-inspired blade traction provides ultimate court grip
- George joins the elite ranks of Nike Basketball signature athletes with the release of his debut shoe, the PG1.
- In Nike’s 44-year history, fewer than one percent of its endorsed athletes have been given a signature shoe.
- Joining one of the most exclusive clubs in all of sport, George debuted the PG1 on an international stage as Indiana played Denver in London on January 12.
- George becomes Nike Basketball’s fourth active signature athlete, and the 21st basketball player to receive a signature shoe from Nike.
- The PG1 Ferocity colorway will be available globally on March 4 at a suggested retail price of $110.
George puts the PG1 Ferocity (Obsidian) colorway to the test in NBA 2K17
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