In our look back at the history and heritage of Paul Rodriguez’ line of signature performance skate shoes, we’ve checked out the first two incarnations and now we’ll focus on the next two!
Rodriguez’ third pro model took direct inspiration from the Air Jordan 3, in structural design as well as color schemes. There are striking similarities between the Jordan shoe and the P-rod, especially in the toe box and the lace panels. P-Rod chose to use safari print instead of the cement print that became so famous on the Air Jordan 3. The shoe sold extremely well due to the similarities in design as well as marketing, including the famous commercial with Paul Rodriguez mingling with famous persons such as Kobe Bryant, Ice Cube, and others.
The P-Rod 4 rolled out in 2010 and had been nearly reinvented. Nike SB had toned down the street-fashion based styling and had simplified the shoe to cater to more of a performance motivated design and construction. All suede construction was introduced along with better ventilation for the shoe as a whole. The P-Rod 4 was the first in the line to release as a high-top as well as the normal low top design. The shoe remained a cup-sole but continued to be aided by the addition of flex grooves in the forefoot. The shoe was successful due to the performance aspects, and with the all suede construction, they could take a beating.
Stay with us for the rest of the week to explore the rest of Paul Rodriguez’ line of kicks!