Drawing references from the NASA Research Center in George’s Hometown
The PG2 and PG2.5 gained much hype for having PlayStation edition variants, paying homage to Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George’s love for the videogame console. For the third iteration of his signature sneaker, they drew inspiration from something closer to Paul George’s home: the NASA Research Center in Palmdale, California.
The quote “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon”—found at the bottom heel portion of the midsole, is a reminder to George’s evolving career in the NBA, where he performs at his best in every game.
Design-wise, the PG3 is similar to the PG2 with its circular traction outsole for a better grip and wings in the forefoot area for better foot lockdown. “Tony [Hardman, the designer of the PG3] and I have gotten to the point where he knows what works for me,” says George on the shoe’s design. “Throughout the line, I got more vocal because he’s kept me in the loop, and also because he’s kept me comfortable to where I’m able to talk about the entire design process.”
For the inaugural colorway, you have classic blue, yellow, and orange Oklahoma colors, along with silver on the bootie and midsole to pay homage to its NASA-inspired look. Completing the look is a NASA patch found at the heel.
The PG3 NASA will be available globally on January 26.