Paul George's second signature shoe is as versatile as he is

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 26, 2018 11:55 AM
Paul George's second signature shoe is as versatile as he is
The launch colorway of the PG2 shares two of namesake Paul George's favorite things: basketball and gaming.

Paul George has unveiled the PG2, his second signature shoe with Nike, and it builds upon the first iteration that has become quite the favorite for both basketball fans and sneakerheads for its versatility, on and off the court. just like the Oklahoma City Thunder star.

Like George, who is regarded as one of the best two-way players in the league, the PG2 still has the makings of a fine-tuned basketball shoe, and  a perfect finisher for a fashionable look.

George debuted the PG2 in the 'Playstation' colorway, which alludes to his love for the popular gaming console.

George must've liked rocking his new sigs, as he dropped 36 points in the OKC Thunder's dominant 148-124 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 6'9" swingman considers himself one of the biggest gamers in the NBA. With the launch colorway of the PG2, a collaboration highlighting George’s passion and the PS4, he’s able to connect these two worlds.

“I just had a knack for video games,” says George of the origin of his passion. “As soon as I discovered PlayStation, I was throwing hints here and there to my dad — cutting out the clipping of a video game, cutting out the clippings of the PlayStation, leaving it on his dresser. I remember on Christmas morning, I unwrapped my gift and sure enough, it was the PS2. I've been a PlayStation guy ever since.”

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,” PG1 and PG2 designer Tony Hardman.

George worked closely with Hardman to improve upon his highly-regarded first shoe.

While his passion for gaming was the inspiration behind the colorway, his love for his roots was the source of the design itself, as it reflects his path from small-town Palmdale, California, to the NBA but also reminds that a first step is critical to his success on both sides of the ball.

Now in his eighth year in the NBA, George’s early work has paid off.

However, there remains room for improvement, and that manifests in the PG2 via a new underfoot experience that’s predicated on responsiveness and feedback, so whoever's wearing it should expect enhanced lockdown, responsiveness, and improvements to overall traction.

With Hardman, PG works to find solutions for him and also for “the up-and-coming guys.” Given the number of other pros that embraced the PG1, the duo seems to understand the intangibles of a good on-court sneaker.

“I’m really excited, more so again for the performance that it's going to give guys that follow me and are trying to get to the NBA, I'm most excited for those guys to get a chance to wear them and be in them and help them with their careers. At the end of the day, that's what I want,” says George.

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. 

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, and he definitely did that against the Cavs last January 20.

“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.”

The limited edition PG2 PlayStation colorway is available February 10.

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