Paul George‘s signature Nike line offers some of the most popular basketball shoes on the market season after season, and now it’s entering a new chapter with the PG 4. A bold departure from the stylings of George’s recent models like the PG 3 and PG 2.5, the PG 4 offers a new shape and new tech.
Debuting in a simple “Black/White” colorway, the PG 4’s most noticeable design detail is its shrouded upper, complete with a zipper-equipped shell. This shell secures a duo of meshes: one tightly woven with a fused overlay for support on the lateral side, the other spacious and breezy for lightweight breathability on the medial side. When unzipped, this two-piece sheath reveals a neoprene base with a rubberized PG tongue badge and a traditional lacing system with bright red eyestays. Silver Swooshes have been returned to a standard spot on the midfoot, while a small PG logo appears at the bottom of the aforementioned zipper and a large iteration graces the insole. A leather heel equipped with George’s signature brings these divergent pieces together both literally and figuratively.
White foam midsoles offer a dotted pattern that adds texture and an ice blue plastic bar for contrast. This bar purports the shoe’s full-foot Zoom Air cushioning system — yet another deviation from George’s previous models, which only equipped forefoot Zoom. Medial details nod to Paul’s daughters Olivia and Natasha by listing their initials/birth dates, while the lateral side shows the forward’s PG13 nickname. A white outsole with a circular traction pattern, ice blue trim and a translucent window on the heel completes the look.
The Nike PG 4 is currently available to Nike members in Japan, and retails for a tax-included price of ¥14,300 JPY (approximately $132 USD). A release in China will occur on January 8, with a US release following on January 24.