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NBA Apparel: Nike PG 1

An evaluation of Paul George’s first signature sneaker.

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NBA: Indiana Pacers at Orlando Magic
Paul George (13) driving past Bismack Biyombo (11)
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Less than one percent of Nike athletes have their own signature sneaker. Recently, however Nike rolled out a new signature sneaker for Indiana Pacer’s Paul George; making George the 21st basketball player to get his own pair of shoes. His first pair of Nike kicks will be available for $110.

From Palmdale! God you made this happen! #PG1

A photo posted by Paul George (@ygtrece) on


The PG 1 has some really cool nods to Paul George’s life. The lace lock on this shoe was made to look like a fishing bobber, one of his favorite hobbies. The sock-liner in this shoe features a video game drawing of George and is meant to represent him being on the cover of NBA 2K17. George’s logo features his initials (big surprise there), and is symmetrically pleasing.

Okay, let’s be real. Aside from the personal aspects of this sneaker these shoes look pretty lame. If this colorway was all white, they’d be the latest Chef Curry sneaker. In fact, my grandpa would love these, fish bobber and all.

First glance at my first Nike signature shoe! More to come from London… #PG1

A photo posted by Paul George (@ygtrece) on


As far as performance goes, the PG 1 is comparable to the Kyrie 3. It has a foot strap that provides extra support and lockdown, and when combined with this shoe’s multi-directional traction allows for quick cuts and reactions. The shoe is cushioned with Zoom Air technology in the forefoot.


When it comes to performance this shoe priced well at $110, and will do what you need. If you’re looking for a sneaker to wear both on and off the court, this shoe isn’t it. However, if you have a special grandfather in your life that loves both basketball and fishing, you should definitely get him these for his birthday.

If you’re not feeling these shoes, but want some of George’s gear, head to New Era.