We’ve been looking at the history of the P-Rod line of shoes for the last week and we are concluding today with the two most recent and technologically advanced installments.
The P-Rod 7 launched in 2013, and Nike was in a pickle. How do you improve upon a shoe that didn’t really have any major short-comings? Nike SB decided to increase comfort without sacrificing weight, and implemented the 3/4 length Lunarlon midsole in the shoe. The inner lining of the shoe was made without seams or stitches for an even more soft and comfortable skating experience. The Shape of the shoe was reminiscent of a dunk, and with the suede overlays, more comparisons were made. The P-Rod 7 released in a striking red colorway and even brought back the safari print from the P-Rod 3. Rodriguez’ seventh shoe was also the first of his line to release in both a high-top as well as a Nike Free soled relaxation model of the same shoe.
The P-Rod 8 is the most technically advanced skate shoes of all time and from a distance, you may even think its a basketball shoe! The shoe has tons of the tech made famous on Nike’s basketball and running shoes. A synthetic upper with a raised cross-hatched pattern adds durability without sacrificing weight of flexibility and the 360 degrees of Lunarlon cushioning makes it one of the most comfortable skate shoes ever. The shoe contains an inner booty – also seamless like the previous model, but this time Nike’s Flywire was included to guarantee a perfect fit for everyone. The sole is perfectly flush for ideal boardfeel and the tread pattern is the most effective and grippy yet. The eighth installment in Paul Rodriguez’ line of signature shoes puts him on par with only athletes such as Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James as the only athletes to have such a number of shoes with the sportswear giant.
That wraps up the quick look back at Paul Rodriguez’ line of Nike SB kicks! We hope you will join us this Saturday (3/14) for the first ever retro release of the P-Rod 1! They will be available at The Quarry in San Antonio as well as at Gateway in Austin, release is at 10 A.M. and will be accompanied by the release of the Janoski Max QS “Sewer Rat.” Thanks for looking back at the last 10 years of P-Rod with us!