Nike Basketball has officially unveiled the Paul George’s second signature shoe, the Nike PG 2, which was designed by Tony Hardman. Its first colorway set to release is a nod to PGs love for gaming, which he considers himself one of the biggest gamers in the NBA.
For the occasion, Nike has teamed up with PlayStation to release a limited edition Nike PG 2 PlayStation on February 10th.
The shoe features a host of PlayStation-specific nods, including a light-up tongue and more. “We worked directly with the PlayStation team on every aspect of this shoe. One thing that they provided, which was really cool, was the starry graphic from the dynamic theme that will be available for your PlayStation 4 with a code from the shoe. It’s a beautiful graphic, so we made it the sock liner,” notes Hardman.
While the PG1 featured bootie construction and a prominent forefoot strap, the design of the PG2 favors a more traditional tongue construction. However, George still wanted a tight lockdown to be a hallmark of his line, so to solve for the switch, Hardman developed what he calls “dynamic wings” at the forefoot. While this offers the same level of lockdown as the prior system, the new aesthetic improves the overall fit. “It also eliminates some of the issues we had where the strap might be too long for narrow feet,” Hardman explains.
“We increased the size of the forefoot Zoom Air unit to 10 millimeters. And, he’s standing right on top of it now, whereas in the PG1 there was a little bit of foam between the unit and the foot. So all the way to the ground he’s got that full Zoom Bag and that really gives him propulsion in the forefoot,” explains Hardman.
Aside from lockdown and responsiveness, enhancements for the PG2 also include improvements to overall traction. “Players are going to get everything that they loved in the PG1 plus a lot more,” George says.
Both George and Hardman know that design is only one part of the equation in signature shoes — George’s performance matters. The namesake athlete shoulders a responsibility to prove he deserves a signature shoe, and that his ideas about what makes a sneaker work in the toughest conditions of his sport stand strong.
“The thing I can do is go after the best players in our league and shut them down in the shoes. That’s the goal. That’s going to be the best way to highlight the PG2 and show all what they can do performance-wise,” says George. “I got my hands full, but I got the right shoes for the job.”
Nike PG2 PlayStation Release Date
Look for the Nike PG2 PlayStation to release on February 10th, 2018 in limited quantities. The retail price tag is set at $110 USD.
Style Code: AT7815-002
Release Date: February 10, 2018