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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”