Who should buy the Nike PG3

This Nike basketball shoe is a good match for you if:

  • You want a shoe with reliable traction that is great for indoor and outdoor courts
  • You are after a pair with excellent impact protection 
  • You prefer a shoe that lets your feet breathe while playing 

Nike PG3 logo

Who should not buy the Nike PG3

According to verified buyers, the Nike PG3's materials feel and look cheap, while some mentioned it has a narrow fit. The Nike PG2 and Nike PG 2.5 are great alternatives.

Nike PG3 toebox

Grips well on court surfaces

People who bought this pair are impressed with the Nike PG3's traction, saying that the shoe grips indoor and outdoor courts well. This makes sense as the shoe features a circular traction pattern that sticks like glue and provides coverage at all angles.

Nike PG3 outsole

Excellent impact protection

Many Nike PG fans mentioned that the foam midsole of this pair is lighter, softer and enhanced responsiveness than the one used in the Nike PG2. Most players also mentioned that the heel provides excellent impact protection.

Nike PG3 midsole

Several verified buyers also commended the forefoot Zoom unit of this shoe as it makes it bouncier and more responsive than the PG2.

Impressive lockdown

These Paul George basketball shoes feature a ½-bootie construction, which many said creates a secure fit. Most players like the lockdown and support of the Nike PG3 as it holds their foot down and mentioned that there is no sliding off the footbed.

Nike PG3 lockdown

Fits true to size

Many are reporting that the Nike PG 3 fits true to size but feels snug at the forefoot. Because of this, wide-footers are advised to try the shoes in-store if they can.

Nike PG3 heel

Comfortable and breathable upper

Athletes have attested that these Nike basketball shoes are pretty comfortable to wear and that they feel very light. They are also quite breathable. 

Nike PG3 back

Lightweight but cheap design of Nike PG3

To reduce the shoe’s overall weight, the PG3’s upper features a combination of mesh and synthetics. The shoe’s tongue is also integrated into the rip-stop collar to provide support without sacrificing agility. However, in the comments, many mentioned that the materials look and feel cheap.

Nike PG3 collar

Nike PG3 style

Paul George’s connections run deep in the Nike PG3’s DNA. The outsole features several numbers that trace back to his past. His birthday, jersey numbers, and several tattoos, among others, can be found inside the circular traction pattern.

Colorways of the Nike PG3

The Nike PG3 debuts in a limited-edition NASA-inspired colorway. These basketball shoes are also available in the following hues:

  • Black/Black ‘Iridescent’
  • Black/Total Orange-White-Photo Blue
  • Black/White
  • Black/White/Laser Fuchsia/Black
  • Blue/White
  • Grey/White
  • Multi-Color/Multi-Color ‘All-Star’
  • Navy/White
  • Pure Platinum/Metallic Gold ‘BHM’
  • Red/White
  • Total Orange/Black-Metallic Silver ‘NASA’
  • University Red/University Red-White ‘University Red’
  • White/Black
  • White/Metallic Gold-Midnight Navy ‘USA’

Nike PG3 ‘All-Star’

This All-Star colorway is set to debut during the 2019 All-Star weekend. Featuring an ACG-inspired theme, the PG3 ‘All-Star’ features a tan upper with green and red detailing. Thick rope laces complete the ACG-borrowed style.

Nike PG3 ‘Apollo Missions’

Nike continues the NASA theme of the PG3 with the release of the ‘Apollo Missions’ colorway. These white basketball shoes boast a quote by Paul Brandt that says, “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”

Nike PG3 ‘BHM’

Nike basketball celebrates Black History Month with a unique collection that includes Paul George’s third signature basketball shoe. To honor the rich culture of Congo, the Nike PG3 ‘BHM’ features a colorful woven pattern and a gold Swoosh.

Nike PG3 ‘Lure’

The ‘Lure’ colorway is inspired by Paul George’s love of fishing. These PG sneakers feature a water-themed mix of aqua blue and bright green. A light grey Swoosh and fish logo complete the silhouette.

Nike PG3 ‘Mamba Day’

Nike basketball released a special edition PG3 to celebrate Mamba Day 2019. These Paul George basketball sneakers arrive in a multi-colored scheme with opti yellow accents.

Nike PG3 ‘Moon’

Inspired by the moon’s surface, these white basketball shoes feature black nubuck overlays and a grey-speckled midsole. Red accents complete the design.

Nike PG3 ‘Paulette’

Nike launched the ‘Paulette’ colorway of the PG3 in celebration of Mother’s Day. These Nike shoes feature a navy upper with light grey detailing. Fuchsia accents and the letter “P” on the heel complete the silhouette.


"I grew up in Palmdale, California, which has a big NASA base that not a lot of people know about," George said regarding the collaboration. "This shoe is for the kids who want to fly, whether as professional athletes or astronauts."

The Nike PG 3 X NASA is dressed in orange, black, and metallic silver. Details include an Apollo 14 patch, a “Remove Before Flight” tag, PG logo, an American flag, and the phrase “Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.”

Paul George is not the only one who is somewhat mesmerized by NASA. Some of Klay Thompson’s signature basketball shoes also have NASA renditions.

Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Signature: Paul George
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Colorways: Orange / Grey / Black / Blue / White / Red
SKUs: 831352001 / AO2607003 / AO2607100 / AO2607401 / CI2666001 / CN9512002 / CN9512004 / CN9512108 / CN9512402 / CN9512601

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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.