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10 Things to Know About the Nike PG 1

The Nike PG 1 “Shining” releases on February 25th, followed by the Nike PG 1 “Ferocity” on March 4th both for $110 USD.

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The Nike PG 1 inspiration behind the shoe might surprise you, as Nike shares 10 things to know about Paul George’s first signatures shoe.

Nike PG 1 Inspiration 10 Things to Know

1. CRUSADER CRUSH

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.

Nike PG 1 Inspiration 10 Things to Know

2. THE STRAP BEGAN WITH A SKETCH

The PG1 forefoot strap came directly from George, who showed Hardman a sketch of his dream shoe during one of their initial meetings.

3. JANOSKI INSPIRATION

Elements of George’s favored casual shoe, the Nike SB Janoski, inspired materials and construction subtleties of the PG1.

4. TRACTION AT SCALE

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.

Nike PG 1 Inspiration 10 Things to Know

5. PERSONAL GROWTH

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.

Nike PG 1 Inspiration 10 Things to Know

6. FAMILY FIRST

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.

Nike PG 1 Inspiration 10 Things to Know

7. SOPHISTICATED SIMPLICITY

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.

Nike PG 1 Inspiration 10 Things to Know

8. FINISHING TOUCH

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. RATED PG13

George’s nickname, PG-13, inspires the 13s on the shoe’s heels.

Nike PG 1 Inspiration 10 Things to Know

10. CLOUDS FOR YOUR FEET

The PG1 box is adorned with clouds. Why? George’s early ask to Hardman was to design “clouds on his feet.”

Nike PG 1 Inspiration 10 Things to Know

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