This collaboration with NASA is filled with meaningful nods, especially to Paul George’s roots.
The PG3 highlights his hometown of Palmdale, CA with a NASA-inspired colorway. Specific elements were taken from the site of the area’s research center. The shoe features an orange body with blue and metallic silver accented colors and NASA logo details.
Nike Basketball Footwear Designer Tony Hardman and PG’s main focus for the sneaker was speed. So, to achieve this they stripped away excess materials from the shoe’s previous generations. The PG3 integrated a softer, lighter foam in the midsole and mesh in the upper to shed nearly an ounce off of the PG 2.5.
“Reducing the weight suits his style of play. He’ll set and pop from three off of his forefoot, and he’s doing a lot of cutting and slashing from the balls of his feet, both offensively and defensively,” says Hardman. “That softer midsole foam and the forefoot Zoom Bag help him to generate more speed.”
Nike confirms that the Paul George PG 3 “NASA” will be available for purchase January 26. Shoppers can buy them on Nike.com and at select retailers. The sneaker will alongside a limited-edition apparel pack featuring NASA-inspired tracksuit, backpack and more.