Summary

We spent 6.2 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what basketball players think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Nearly all wearers are declaring that the Nike PG 4 is one of the most comfortable basketball shoes ever made.
  • According to most testers, these low-top basketball shoes have excellent grip no matter the court condition.
  • Like the Nike KD 12, almost all reviewers are impressed at the new Air strobel footbed. They are saying that the footbed is very plush and offers a lot of impact protection.
  • Many players are satisfied with the PG 4's materials. The dual-mesh upper is lightweight, flexible, and breathable.
  • A few owners are reporting that these Nike low-tops offer a nice one-to-one fit.
  • Several users are claiming that these basketball shoes have good lockdown and support.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Most owners are complaining that these basketball sneakers are extremely snug.
  • Some are griping that the Nike PG 4 is hard to put on.
  • The cushion lacks bounciness, a good number of testers observe.

Bottom line

Nike basketball has another winner with the PG 4. Players are very impressed with the updated cushioning system and traction pattern. According to them, the new full-length Air strobel feels extremely comfortable. The circular traction pattern also delivers a consistent grip no matter the court condition.

Aside from the awkward fit, buyers have very little to complain about these low-top Nike basketball sneakers. The Nike PG 4 may just be the best Paul George basketball shoe to date. 

Facts

Expert Reviews

84 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 95 / 100 | AnotherPair | | Level 5 expert

    Overall, the PG 4s is A1 Day 1. I'm definitely liking this shoe a whole lot. It is definitely, probably, one of my favorite shoes of all time to hoop in.

  • 89 / 100 | RicheeKim | | Level 5 expert

    The PG 4 is definitely a fun shoe to play in and I definitely think you all should pick up a pair. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

  • 84 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    Overall, the Nike PG 4 was very solid, but not as well rounded as I would have liked. They remind me of the Curry 7 — only opposite. The Curry 7 focused on stability and left cushion behind — even with the combination of HOVR and Micro G. Whereas the PG 4 took a new stance on cushion, and left a bit of the support/containment from the previous models behind.

  • 84 / 100 | WearTesters | | Level 5 expert

    Overall, I think it's a solid option. Especially, if you want a little bit more of a plush cushion setup.

  • 81 / 100 | BasketballDiagnostics | | Level 5 expert

    The love for cushion packed midsole setups made the PG4 the most enjoyable iteration of them all in which, unfortunately, I can’t play competitive basketball. That lackluster support in the midsole section is something that will turn off quite a few ballers. However, not giving them a chance to shine would be an incredibly dumb idea. These still might work for you, they just didn’t for me. And that’s a huge bummer since the rest of the performance was like a tasty candy – enjoyable.

  • 60 / 100 | Hoop And Life | | Level 5 expert

    There are a lot of great aspects of the shoe, but there are subpar ones. The good—the traction and definitely the cushion. The so-so—the support & lockdown and materials.

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Watching Paul George move past his defender is like watching a stream of water move past stones. Each movement is so efficient and effortless.

“For Paul, control is his form of quickness,” Nike designer Tony Hardman explains. “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.”

To help George move with ease, Nike crafted a lightweight footbed made of a full-length Nike Air unit. Replacing the traditional stobel board, the Air strobel is sewn onto the upper so that the foot sits directly on top of the cushion. This innovative cushioning system perfectly complements George’s fluid movements. Whether he is timing a crossover or making an irregularly-paced burst, the Air strobel provides responsiveness off the forefoot and plush stability at the heel.

George is also mindful of his signature shoe’s unique style. Reminiscent of the Air Flight ’98, the Nike PG 4 boasts a mesh-zipped shroud with a gill-like speed lacing system underneath. This combination provides supportive containment from tipoff to the final buzzer.

Cushion. For a unique cushioning sensation, the Nike PG 4 employs a dot-welded Nike Air bag that replaces the traditional strobel. This lightweight footbed engages the full surface area of the foot for a near-instantaneous feeling of responsiveness. A 6mm sockliner adds another layer of cushion for increased comfort.

Traction. These low-top Nike basketball sneakers utilize a circular traction pattern that offers increased multidirectional grip. The circular tread pattern also provides enhanced control on the court.

Closure. The PG 4 features a full bootie construction and an internal webbing system for locked-in comfort and a secure fit. A zippered overlay fastens over the laces for increased support and containment.

The Nike PG 4 makes use of a dual-mesh upper that provides supportive containment and ideal breathability. 

Aside from the shoe’s playability, George also wanted the PG 4 to look good on camera. These Nike low-tops feature a semi-transparent shroud that delivers a level of stylistic flexibility. Two lace holes are located near the collar, so the laces can either be worn within the cover or externally.
 
“Paul likes to play with his laces over the shroud. During play, the mesh is a window into the color choices,” Hardman 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 Nike PG 4 also has an outsole cutout that allows you to see the Air unit.

Signature details include “NG 11/01/17” and “OG 05/01/14” inscribed in the midsole.

Because of its semi-transparent design, the Nike PG 4 allows for some color dynamism. This added dimension allows designers to run wild with the colorways.

  • Barely Volt/Total Orange/Volt/Photo Blue
  • Black/University Red/White 'Bred'
  • Black/White/Light Smoke Grey
  • Football Grey/Light Smoke Grey/University Gold/Laser Blue 'Plaid'
  • Regency Purple/Regency Purple 'Gatorade'
  • White/Black-Pure Platinum 'Oreo'
  • Multi-Color/Multi-Color 'PCG'

Gatorade X Nike PG 4 GE

This gamer-exclusive colorway is available through NBA 2K20. To receive access to this colorway, players will need to locate one of four billboards hidden inside the game's "Neighborhood" and then scan it with the Nike SNKRS app.

This offering features a blue upper with water drop graphics. A teal midsole and yellow outsole complete the design.

Nike PG 4 'ASW'

Nike basketball released another Gatorade-inspired colorway to celebrate the 2020 All-Star weekend. These PG 4 'ASW' features tye-die color blocking of Geroge's favorite Gatorade flavors. 

Nike PG 4 'Gatorade'

Inspired by Gatorade's grape flavor, the PG 4 'Gatorade' features a purple upper with an orange speed lacing system. Lime green accents complete the shoe's theme.

Nike PG 4 'PCG'

This outdoor-themed PG 4 is a nod to Nike's ACG line. The Nike PG 4 'PCG' features a transparent upper with black netting. Red accents complete the design.

Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.

dimitrije@runrepeat.com