In 2006, Nike released one of the most iconic collaborative projects in the history of the footwear industry when they worked with one of the world’s top gaming brands, PlayStation. Fast forward 12 years and the two mega brands return with the second collaboration with some technological improvements on the product.
The first Nike x PlayStation collaboration was done on the classic Nike Air Force 1 silhouette, with the main inspiration of the design being the colours of the iconic PlayStation logo. It featured a patent leather upper done in black, purple, blue, and white with hints of yellow and red on the accents. Only 150 pairs of the PlayStation Air Force 1 released and they instantly became classic and grail shoes for most collectors. The limited collaboration fetched a resale price over $2000 and became a pair of shoes that many could only dream of.
In 2018, the historical collaboration returns, not on an Air Force 1, but on Paul George’s second signature shoe, the PG2. Paul George is a star NBA player currently playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder and is one of Nike Basketball’s signature athletes. With the Air Force 1 originally being a basketball performance shoe, it is only right that the second PlayStation collaboration is also done on a Nike Basketball silhouette.
The PlayStation x Nike PG2 takes its inspiration from the PlayStation controller as it is a predominantly black upper with hints of red, blue, green, and pink seen on the buttons of the controller. The PG2 is a definite technological upgrade from the Air Force 1 in terms of a performance shoe, but the defining technological upgrade can be seen on the two logos on the tongue of the shoes. One shoe features the PlayStation logo and the other features the Paul George logo, with both logos lighting up when pushed like a button.
The PlayStation x Nike PG2 released at select Foot Locker House of Hoops locations for $145 and sold out instantly. It can now be found on the resale market for nearly $1000, approximately seven times its original price.
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