“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”
Paul George’s statement is inspirational, and if you need proof, look no further than his latest shoe design—the statement inspired the PG 3 X NASA design. George’s statement wraps around the heels of his new shoe, along with patches, NASA colours, and other references that pertain to both space exploration and basketball.
The connection between NASA and the NBA is cemented in George’s own past. “I grew up in Palmdale, California, which has a big NASA base that not a lot of people know about,” says George (Palmdale’s zipcode—93552—can be found on the shoe).
Nike and NASA designers collaborated on the shoe, improving traction, comfort, lockdown, and weight. The Circular pattern on the outsole is in reference to the craters on the moon, and was calculated using algorithms based on analyses of George’s movement.
The shoe also has Apollo 14 patches on the heels as well as George’s logo and the American Flag on the tongues. A final touch is the red “Remove Before Flight” tag that comes with each pair. The shoes are built on the same Nike Zoom Air bag that was used in the PG 2. The lightweight foam keeps the shoe light.
George sums up the vision for the shoes by saying, “This shoe is for the kids who want to fly, whether as professional athletes or astronauts.”
Looks like he got it right.