It’s not every day that a pair of shoes is created between a superstar athlete, a sportswear behemoth, and a popular video game. While it might be too far-fetched for many people to believe, such a pair actually exists: the ‘Fortnight’ PG 2.5 sneakers by Nike and NBA player Paul George. It just goes to show that sneaker culture is the most open market in all of the retail industry. And as high fashion labels are recently getting in on the action, apparently, so are video game companies.
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Release date: August 15, 2018
Paul George debuted the shoes himself last June of 2018 when he wore them during the Fortnite E3 Pro-Am tournament. That little sneak peak actually garnered a lot of attention and excitement from sneakerheads, NBA fans (particularly Paul George’s), and video game enthusiasts alike. Many have even proclaimed that the shoes are possibly the official shoes of the Fortnite video game. They eventually went on sale on August 15, 2018, and are priced at $110 a pair.
The most impactful design feature of the Nike x Paul George ‘Fortnite’ PG 2.5 sneakers is its stunning racer blue colorway. This vivid pop of color is bound to catch attention, both on the street and on the court. With the muted seafoam green and stark red-orange accents, the colorway harkens back to the stunning graphics of the sneakers’ namesake video game. A white midsole was also incorporated to balance all the colors out and not leave the eyes too overwhelmed. Although the pair looks sort of animated and cartoonish, they actually add more to their charm.
The shoes’ silhouette is among Nike’s plainest to date. It’s evident that there was little to no new cuts thought up when designing these sneakers. A hi-top silhouette would have been more appropriate for such a unique collaboration and would have made a lot more impact. Compared to many of the sportswear brand’s latest offerings, these shoes are borderline boring, which is disappointing as they’re part of a superstar athlete’s eponymous sub-line.
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