Houston Rockets All-Star Chris Paul debuted the latest rendition of his signature shoe during Thursday night’s 115-111 win over the Portland Trail Blazers: the Jordan CP3.XI. Paul’s choice of footwear seems to have paid off, as the former Wake Forest Demon Deacon recorded 22 points, eight rebounds, and six assists in 32 minutes of playing time.
Chris Paul unveils the Jordan CP3.XI tonight against Portland.
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The sneaker features molded woven material for increased lock down and support. An integrated strap and outrigger for lateral support and mid foot lockdown—a first in a CP3 silhouette. There is the heel foxing with an exploded molded CP3 logo and ZOOM forefoot and heel unit for multidirectional moves.
According to most reports, Paul’s 11th signature shoe will be available for purchase in April with “Rocket Fuel” being the lead-off colorway.
In a recent one-on-one interview with Sports Illustrated, Paul discussed the design process of his new kicks.
“My favorite is probably the strap,” Paul said. “It’s funny. It’s been eleven years but I tried to do a strap on the IV’s and we couldn’t do it. The brand just couldn’t do it. So having a strap is pretty cool. The biggest thing about my shoes is always the traction. I always talk about the way that I play with the stop and go and that is huge for me to be able to stop whenever I need to stop.
“The design process is the different stories that I am able to tell,” Paul continued. “The sneakers that I will be wearing tonight in Portland are about rocket fuel—obviously with the big move I made this summer. Every shoe that I have had from I-XI has had a symbol for my late grandfather. I think about all of the little things within the shoe, whether it is the chevron logos, or the three within the shoe that is made within the chevron logo—also the symbols for my family.”
Paul and the Rockets — now the No. 1 seeded team in the Western Conference with a 57-14 overall record — will be back in action on Thursday night, as they’re scheduled to host the Detroit Pistons. Tip-off inside the Toyota Center is set for 8:00 p.m. EST.