Rumors amid Paul George’s fourth signature shoe have started to arouse, and we now give you your first ever look at PG’s upcoming signature shoe – the Nike PG 4.
Per our source overseas, this is in fact the Nike PG 4. They are slated to arrive with a full one-piece mesh upper, featuring a zipper. Currently, we’ve yet to receive information on what the foam midsole carrier will be, but it is expected that full length air will be featured with the Nike PG 4. Completing this anticipated silhouette is a fuse panel at the midfoot for added durability and lateral containment.
Let us know what your first thoughts are on the Nike PG 4, and whether or not you believe the price will increase from $110. Keep it locked here as we receive more updates.
Nike PG 4
Color: Black/White-Smoke Grey
Style Code: CD5079-001
Release Date: Friday, January 24th, 2020
UPDATE (01/05/2020): The Nike PG 4 is officially unveiled. Read below for the official press release and photos.
“Beginning in 2018, when the NBA allowed players to run wild with shoe colorways, players went extreme on an idea that was already long-rooted in basketball culture: Shoes as canvases for player expression. The new colorway rule simply made the possibilities bigger, more obvious and with added dimension. Shoes could become on-court musings of players’ off-court lives. Paul George has regularly done this in his PG signature line, showing his interests in gaming (especially through PlayStation), his hometown of Palmdale and his love of fishing.
But George is mindful of his shoe’s unique playability, not just its appeal on camera. His feedback with Nike Basketball designer Tony Hardman on the PG4 continued a dialogue that prioritized how the shoe performed on court. The result is both a unique Nike Air cushioning sensation and a look that still allows for personal styling.
“For Paul, control is his form of quickness,” says Hardman. “It’s why he looks so smooth when he moves on the court. He refines his footwork to only what’s essential. If a defender shows him something unexpected, he has a move to counter it, so he always looks in control.”
The tool enabling that control in the PG4 is the Air Strobel, a lightweight footbed made up of a full-length Nike Air unit, sewn onto the upper so that the foot is directly atop the cushioning. The dot-welded Nike Air bag replaces the traditional strobel (more on that here). The integration leads to a harmonious responsiveness off the forefoot and a plush stability in the heel. The full-length Air caters to George’s fluid offensive game as he engages the full surface area of the foot, whether he’s timing a crossover or needs to make an irregularly-paced burst. The Air Strobel, serving all points of contact with the floor, is designed for the jazz-like rhythms of the game.
A semi-transparent, mesh-zippered shroud fastens over the laces — a first in the Paul George line. It’s reminiscent of a classic look, pioneered by the Air Flight ’98, and provides a snug fit, revealing the gill-like speed lacing system underneath. For the PG4, the shroud provides a level of stylistic flexibility — laces can be worn within it or worn externally thanks to two lace holes near the shoe’s collar. Plus, the shroud allows for a bit of color dynamism, says Hardman.
“Paul likes to play with his laces over the shroud. During play, the mesh is a window into the color choices,” the designer says. “It’s when the shoe is unzipped that you can see the range of combinations added by the laces. Between the upper colorways and the lacing colors beneath the mesh, players can make the look their own.”
The launch black/white colorway of the PG4 releases January 8 in China and January 24 globally.
UPDATE (12/28/2019): The Nike PG 4 release date has been pushed back, according to Eastbay’s release calendar. We reported back in mid October that the PG 4 had a rumored release date for Friday, January 24th, 2020. Now, the shoe’s release date has been pushed back. Check above for the shoe’s release details, and keep it locked here as Nike officially unveils the shoe soon.
UPDATE (12/23/2019): First Official Look at the upcoming Nike PG 4. Stay tuned as Nike officially unveils Paul George’s fourth signature shoe in the coming days/weeks.
UPDATE (12/17/2019): Another update in less than one hour. We now have a detailed look at the Nike PG 4 in all of its angles. Let us know if your opinions have changed in the comments below.
Photos via Hupu user 雪纷纷旧故里草木深.
UPDATE (12/17/2019): A new colorway of the Nike PG 4 surfaces featuring a tie-dye upper. Stay tuned for more details.
UPDATE (12/13/2019): A new photo leaks of the PG 4s outsole, revealing the shoe looks to feature full length Nike Air, and not what was expected to be full length Zoom Air Strobel from previous rumors.
UPDATE (12/01/2019): Our best look yet at the Nike PG 4 is here, featuring a photo of the outsole. For information on the PG 4’s release date, click here.
UPDATE (11/28/2019): The medial side of the Nike PG 4 surfaces, featuring ventilated mesh, a webbed lacing system, and another look at the midsole.
UPDATE (11/22/2019): First Look at the Nike PG 4.