NBA star Paul George’s new signature sneaker is a PlayStation homage and it’s not as terrible as you might imagine

We see a lot of really terrible custom designed sneakers. Remember that Assassin’s Creed travesty we saw last year? With that to set the standard the new PlayStation-themed Paul George signature sneaker is surprisingly un-terrible. They vibrate, and they have light-up logos on the tongue, which paints a picture of the world’s cheesiest shoe, but they’re actually pretty cool.

Paul George currently throws balls at hoops and people for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA, and is apparently quite a Big Deal. Sneaker designer Tony Hardman is behind the Nike PG2, this time taking inspiration from Paul George’s long time love for Sony’s line of consoles. The end result is a vastly superior sneaker when compared to the deathly dull PG1. “I just had a knack for video games,” says George of his Sony fanboy credentials. “As soon as I discovered PlayStation, I was throwing hints here and there to my dad — cutting out the clipping of a video game, cutting out the clippings of the PlayStation, leaving it on his dresser. I remember on Christmas morning, I unwrapped my gift and sure enough, it was the PS2. I’ve been a PlayStation guy ever since.”

The Nike PG2 features a light-up Paul George logo on one tongue and a light up PS logo on the other. These are powered by batteries hidden within the shoe, and can be turned off and on via a little button within the sneaker. Hitting the button triggers a small vibration which is meant to simulate the rumble of a Dual Shock controller. Quite a subtle touch, I thought. The sock liner is adorned with a starry graphic which will be part of a dynamic PS4 theme that will be available via a code that comes with the shoe. Another PlayStation design cue is shown on the front lace eyelets which are coloured to match the four face buttons of a PS controller. Clever, ‘ey?

As is the nature of custom jobs like this, the Nike PG2 will be available in very limited quantities. Sneaker aficionados can look out for them from 10 February.