Nike and Paul George recently released the Clippers superstar’s newest signature pair. To help you decide if this pair is worth a shot, here is an in-depth performance review of the new Nike PG 5.
Nike released Paul George’s sixth signature pair with the brand. (Photo courtesy of Sneaker Bar Detroit)
Paul George, a Palmdale native, was granted his first signature pair, the Nike PG1, in 2016. Fast forward to 2021, the elite two-way NBA star already has six signature shoes, with the revamped version of the second pair, the Nike PG 2.5, counted on the list.
During the time when the six-time All-Star’s first signature pair was in the works, Nike discovered that the then-Pacers star is using shoes with smaller sizes. George is originally a size 14, but he used to wear size 13 prior to the release of his own signature pair. Comically, the Nike PG line is now well-known for its tightness and snugness.
To name a few, there are some notable inspirations and collaborations that Nike implemented in the PG series such as the Gatorade pack in Nike PG 4 and NASA in Nike PG 3. Then of course, who will forget the Nike X Playstation collaboration in Nike PG 2.5 and Nike PG 2.
However, despite these special colorway packs and collaborations, the Nike PG line does not cause much noise as compared to other decorative Nike lines such as the LeBrons, Kyries, and KDs, both in hoops and sneaker world. In my own opinion, the PG line’s sizing and so-so aesthetics were a huge factor.
Nonetheless, there are still some notable points why choosing a PG pair is sensible and it will always go down with preference. Some users prefer a snug and firm lockdown that this line offers since Day 1. Its traction is pretty competitive, and it offers a good and responsive cushion system with the implementation of Air Strobel.
With that being said, here is an in-depth performance review of the all-new Nike PG 5.
The Nike PG 5 is infused with basic textile materials. (Photo courtesy of Sneaker Bar Detroit)
The Nike PG 5 did not get much of an upgrade material-wise. Just like its predecessors, the Nike PG 5 is infused with basic textiles and synthetic uppers. These materials are actually common among basketball shoes considering that Nike values the lightness of the pair and since PG line’s price is still on the mid-range level.
Nonetheless, the uppers provide good ventilation due to the nature of the mesh materials. The pair’s uppers is comparable as how mesh was implemented in Nike PG 2 and 2.5, which were considered by some as among the best pairs from the PG line.
The mesh uppers are soft and thin, but firm and durable enough to last long and to provide good lockdown and comfort. The leather material infused in the side panel is also noteworthy for it gives more durability and empowers the pair’s lateral containment.