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Nike PG 2 Palmdale

The Nike PG series, as a young as it still is, represents the resurgence of one of the NBA’s brightest stars, Paul George. After a terrible injury forced the NBA All-Star to sit out an entire year’s worth of basketball, the PG signature came to us just as the forward returned to action, to the delight of hoops fans everywhere. The PG 1 was a huge success, for a number of reasons. Those same hints of a home run are evident here in the second piece of George’s Nike signature. We take a look at the Nike PG 2 ‘Palmdale.’

 

The colorway and its nickname are an homage to the superstar’s hometown, Palmdale, California. A Clay Green base is accompanied by accents such as Orange on the inner lining and midsole speckle details. A translucent outsole wraps this lookup nicely for a functional basketball shoe. Speaking of which, the tech here is pretty minimalist. The upper’s construction consists of a mix of mesh and synthetic leather. The sneaker comes with an inner sleeve, working with the forefoot strap to smoothly lock your foot in place. As usual with the PG line, cushioning is more about court feel, offering up a light Nike Zoom Air Bag in the forefoot

 

Paul George’s signature sneakers are doing a great job following the blueprint set by the Kyrie line. Basically, don’t go crazy on the tech and make the shoe infinitely customizable. The color combinations alone have made the PG 1 a memorable sneaker. They should help the second installment sell just as well. With that being said, the functional elements here are nothing to sneeze at either, boasting a balanced performance profile.

 

Get shifty on the court and look good doing it, that’s the Nike PG 2 promise.

 

NIKE’S 2018 NBA ALL-STAR LINE UP

 

To celebrate the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, Nike partnered with athletes and collaborators to launch special apparel and footwear makeups that serve basketball’s unique attitude on and off the court. Here’s a first look at what’s dropping beginning February 15.

KOBE PROTRO X UNDEFEATED
Back in ’06, Kobe Bryant dropped 81 points against Toronto wearing his first signature Nike shoe. The Kobe I Protro revisits that design with the latest performance innovations. For this release, Nike has partnered with Undefeated to reimagine the Protro for the city of LA.

LEBRON X KITH
Chapter two of LeBron James and KITH’s Long Live the King collection is made up of footwear and apparel designed for royalty.

90/10 PACK
Nike considers footwear a canvas for self-expression, so each design of the latest take on Nike icons (including the Special Field Air Force 1 Hi, Air More Money, Vandal Hi Supreme, Air Force 1 Low and Huarache) in this collection is 90-percent completed. The final 10 percent is left to the wearer’s imagination thanks to a white-based canvas upper that allows for customization in a multitude of ways.

AIR FOAMPOSITE ONE XX QS
The Air Foamposite One first dropped in the 90s, but its futuristic look (delivered by pouring a synthetic liquid into a mold) still astounds today. This cosmic colorway of the basketball classic was first seen in 2011 as a sample of the Galaxy iteration but has not been produced until now.

NIKELAB X RT VICTORIOUS MINOTAURS
Fashion designer Riccardo Tisci continues his style-forward streetwear collection with Nike, celebrating on- and off-court basketball style through his mythical squad, The Victorious Minotaurs. The collection’s bold silhouettes include apparel, footwear, and accessories.

AIR ZOOM GENERATION
LeBron James’ debut signature shoe, the Nike Air Zoom Generation, was originally released in 2003. The sneaker’s responsive cushioning, lightweight support and breathability returns in a wheat colorway.

ASW PLAYER EDITIONS

In celebration of the NBA All-Star Game’s return to Los Angeles, Nike is unveiling three signature player edition (PE) shoes inspired by communities in and around the City of Angels. A heat-activated Swoosh that changes colors to reveal iconic Southern California landmarks completes each shoe.

KYRIE 4 ASW 
Taking inspiration from Venice, this shoe features a tie-dye graphic print that captures the culture of the city. The light blue outsole represents the ocean and pink sock liners show a custom graphic of the city and the well-known Venice sign at the corner of Pacific and Windward avenues.

KDX ASW
This Santa Monica-inspired version has a multi-color knitted upper that highlights the array of colors seen during a quintessential sunset on the Santa Monica Pier. The insole contains a custom Santa Monica graphic and a marble-pattern outsole grounds the design.

PG2 ASW
Looking to Paul George’s hometown of Palmdale for design direction, these colors represent the various aspects of the Inland Empire. The gray represents the desert and dust of Palmdale, while the orange is meant to highlight the sunset on the horizon. The pop of green is a nod to the nature around this area. Lastly, the sock liner features a custom graphic of Palmdale, and a grit out and midsole highlight the city’s terrain.