As a Penny Hardaway fan growing up, Paul George pounced at the chance to rock the Orlando Magic great’s kicks early on in PG’s career. This includes the most memorable Penny sneaker in the Air Foamposite One. This Eric Avar designed shoe is known for the eye-catching upper, with the ridges made to look like the lines of a beatle. The shell “foam” material actually starts off as a liquid which is poured into molds to form the upper. These molds reportedly cost a fortune to create, which attributed to the $180 retail price back in 1997 (the shoe now retails for about $220.) The premium shoe also featured a large carbon fiber plate on the bottoms as well as a full-length Zoom Air unit – both of which attributing to the hefty price tag.
Paul George rocked the Orlando Magic “Royal Blue” colorway of the Foamposite that Penny made famous for a few games in November of 2012. Hardaway notably rocked this version in the first round of the 1997 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat. Due to NBA color restrictions, Hardaway was forced to color in the ridges with a Sharpie marker.