One of the biggest stories in basketball has been quietly unfolding before the season’s even started. Earlier this month, during the preseason opener between the Warriors and the Lakers, veteran point guard Chris Paul made clear exactly why he’s the unexpected perfect fit on Steph Curry’s Golden State squad, showing off in two quarters on the court the all-seeing vision and laser-precise passing that have made him a living legend over the course of his 18 long seasons in the league. At 38, CP3’s got a big year ahead—and maybe, finally, the chip that’s been eluding him.
In the meantime, though, Paul’s been making moves off the court, making a welcome return to the sneaker world with a fresh spin on a perennial classic silhouette. The Chris Paul x Air Jordan 1 Low OG “Give Them Flowers” is a subtle and sophisticated take on the popular low-rise shoe, with a cream-on-sail colorway and lightly embossed floral pattern that very much reward close scrutiny. With raised suede accents on the toe, Swoosh and tongue, it calls to mind the tactile texture of sneaker favorites like the Turbo Green 1 and the “particle” style of last year’s women’s-only mid edition. It also boasts a translucent cream sole with a pattern peaking through underneath, not unlike Virgil Abloh’s now-iconic sail-colored Jordan 5.