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Paul George's off-court interests are well-known, from his love of video games to fishing. Often, PG sums up his vision for the future with a single quote: "Don’t tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon," he says. This sentence wraps around the heels of his new signature shoe, the Nike PG 3. The PG 3's intergalactic inspiration comes from an official footwear and jumpsuit collaboration with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, using patches, NASA colors, and other references that unite basketball and space flight. Nike Basketball designers met with NASA designers after spending months improving the shoe’s traction, comfort, lockdown, and lightness. "NASA inspires us in how they use minimal resources to create things that will survive in extreme environments," says Tony Hardman, Nike Basketball Footwear Designer. "We’ve done the same with the PG 3, making it lightweight with multi-directional support." The PG 3's lightness comes from the use of soft, lightweight foam and a rip-stop collar, all atop the same Nike Zoom Air bag from the PG 2. The circular traction on the outsole was inspired by moon craters — a pattern built using algorithms from various analyses of PG's movement. The shoe also has an Apollo 14 patch on the heel, a red "Remove Before Flight" tag, and both PG's logo and the American flag on the tongues.


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