When Nike released its first signature sneaker for Paul George back on Jan. 9, it was incredibly well-received. The materials, cushioning and overall design of the PG1 were an immediate hit with consumers, especially at the $110 price point. And the performance was solid enough for plenty of George’s fellow NBA players to wear them in games during the season.
I grabbed a pair myself, played pickup ball in them 2-3 times per week for a little over a month, and even did some treadmill running in them during that time. But the unique design of the sneaker combined with some specifics about my body forced me to eventually stop.
This picture (via GBNY123 on IG) illustrates perfectly exactly what the issue was.
The way the cushioning pad is placed puts you in a unique stance, where the forefoot is elevated and the very front of your foot is off the ground when standing in a resting position. I’ve had various knee and ankle injuries over the years (none recently), and I’ve known for a while that my alignment is a bit off on my right side.
Because of these admittedly specific set of circumstances, I eventually felt like my leg was going to fall off the more I attempted to play in these sneakers. That might be a slight exaggeration, but you get the idea. And, I was becoming increasingly sore in both my ankle and the arch of my foot immediately following workouts.
I’ve switched (back) to playing in Jordan XXXIs, which feature a mostly flat sole, and I haven’t had any issues since.
I initially enjoyed playing in these before the pain set in, and I remain a fan of the design. But if you happen to have any alignment issues or a history of injuries, I would recommend proceeding with a great deal of caution where the Nike PG1 is concerned.