Verdict from 12 experts and 100+ user reviews

8 reasons to buy

  • Nearly all testers are impressed with the Nike PG3’s traction. The circular traction pattern sticks like glue and provides coverage in all angles.
  • According to some reviewers, outdoor use should be fine.
  • Many players note that the foam midsole is lighter and softer than the one used in the Nike PG2.
  • The heel provides excellent impact protection, most reviewers declare.
  • According to most testers, the forefoot Zoom unit feels really nice. It is noticeably bouncier and more responsive than the PG2.
  • The upper feels super soft and is very supportive, a good number of reviewers comment.
  • Most players like the lockdown and support of the Nike PG3. These basketball shoes really hold the foot down, and there is no sliding off the footbed.
  • These Nike basketball shoes are pretty comfortable to wear, a handful of testers note. It feels very light and is quite breathable.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Most are quick to comment that the materials look and feel cheap.
  • Several testers are reporting that the Nike PG3 feels a little snug at the forefoot.
  • Nearly all testers are worried that the soft foam might bottom out quickly.
  • Some commenters don’t like the shoe’s design. To them, the PG3 looks more like a budget model rather than a signature shoe.

Bottom line

Paul George’s third signature model doesn’t disappoint. Despite its rather generic look and cheap build, the Nike PG3 still manages to impress on the hardwood. The traction is just awesome, and the cushioning setup is very light and responsive.

Most who have had the chance to play in the Nike PG3 are quite satisfied with the shoe’s overall performance. Testers have very little to complain about these and the other signature basketball shoes in Paul George’s growing line. They highly recommend grabbing a pair.

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Good to know

The Nike PG series is a story of commitment to progress. Through nine seasons, the veteran All-Star continues to aspire to become a better version of himself. “As I see myself getting older in this league, the question I ask myself is, ‘How can I become a more efficient athlete?’ I need to perform at the elite level I know I’ve reached, but without wasting excess energy,” George explains.

To help George reach another level on the court, Nike designer Tony Hardman focused on three principles:

  1. Shed What Is Unnecessary
  2. Make Every Step Matter
  3. Remember Where You Came From

The Nike PG3 features a ½-bootie construction, ripstop collar, lighter foam midsole, and a circular traction pattern. “Reducing the weight suits his style of play. He’ll set and pop from three off of his forefoot, and he’s doing a lot of cutting and slashing from the balls of his feet, both offensively and defensively,” Hardman explains. “That softer midsole foam and the forefoot Zoom Bag help him to generate more speed.”

Cushion. For enhanced responsiveness, these Paul George basketball shoes are equipped with a lighter foam midsole paired with the same forefoot Zoom Air bag used in the Nike PG2. According to George, he gets more response out of this new cushioning setup.

Traction. Inspired by Moon craters, these Nike basketball shoes feature a circular traction pattern for increased multidirectional grip. This innovative traction pattern delivers a distinct aesthetic and enables George to cut and slash in any direction.

Length and Width. Testers 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.

Lockdown. These Paul George basketball shoes feature a ½-bootie construction that creates a secure and snug fit. Across the forefoot, free-floating synthetic wings further lock in the foot. “When you don’t need to fuse or laminate those support elements, you can keep the upper softer and sock-like,” Hardman says. “That’s what the forefoot wings do. The upper can work underneath, but the wings still lock you in.”

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.

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

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 completes 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 completes 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, 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.


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