By Phillip Barnett / @imsohideous
Late last week, I took the elevator up to the 11th floor of the Cooper Building in Downtown Los Angeles to check out the release of Chris Paul’s fifth signature shoe, the Jordan CP3 V. The event included a semi-gallery that highlighted different parts of the Point God’s life: his childhood rec jersey, his high school jersey, and his Wake Forest jersey — with a different colorway of his new kicks to represent each section.
After allowing the media browse the gallery and check out the V’s, Chris Paul and designer Tom Luedecke sat down to talk about the shoe’s concept and how Chris Paul’s personal life inspired various aspects of the shoe’s design.
“I’m very family-oriented,” said Paul. “To me, when I lace my shoes up, I like to take my family with me on the court.”
To drive that point home, on the back of his left shoe, there is a sequence of nine, 10, and 11 dots to represent the day he was married (Sept. 10, 2011) and a similar sequence on the right shoe to represent the day of his son’s birth (May 24, 2009). The shoes themselves are very clean. There isn’t anything over the top in terms of design (save for a few wild colorways) and were designed to perform best for athletic types who spend much of their time on the court sprinting and cutting.
As always, Jordan put on a great event. Check out the photos and video for more on the shoes.