The black/”OG” edition of the “Aloysius” 33 High by Packer Shoes & Fabolous was designed to serve as a medal of honor for all of the bravery Patrick has displayed on the court and his formidable defense. Officially renamed and inspired by the original meaning of Ewing’s own middle name the shoe is constructed using the highest quality luxurious full grain leather hides ever used by the factory, the main design cue comes in the form of custom “Ewing Defence Regiment” crest logo on the tongue which is a direct reference from the Jamaica Defence Force – the combined military force of Patrick’s native land. Staying true to it’s inspiration, the logo contains the original British variant spelling of “defense” with a “c” which correlates to Jamaica’s origins as a British colony.
Flipping the script slightly, the right shoe features contrasting white custom stitched “Packer Shoes” branding in the original Ewing signature font, while the classic “Patrick Ewing” signature remains on the left foot.
Additional features include a custom fine woven Chinese Red and Ponderosa Pine Green ankle strap which references the ribbon of the JDF ‘Medal of Honour & Gallantry’. These color accents are continued on the gold tipped shoe laces (alternate white with gold tip laces are provided for customization). Gold accents also adorn the redesigned satin inner lining and the custom metal plated ankle strap buckle and custom “NYC” & “33” ankle plates which represent Patrick’s retired number 33 as member of the Knicks and the city which he represented to the fullest. Hidden inside are custom “Empire State” sublimated insoles which represent the spirit and ‘soul’ of being a true New York icon. Balancing out the design we implemented a stark white outsole with Chinese Red coated midsole for contrast with the classic gum rubber ‘Ewing” basketball on the bottom of the outsole.
Each pair of the black/OG “Aloysius” 33 High come packaged in a custom made black shoebox featuring the “Ewing Defence Regiment” and “Packer Shoes” Ewing-script logo with “OG” medal of honor ribbon printed wrapping paper. Printed on the underside of the top box lid we find the official presentation of this medal of honor to “Center Patrick Aloysius Ewing – Proudly Served”. Adding a final “style code” to the design details, are the “718” custom color coding for this particular pair which serves as an ode to Fabolous hometown of Brooklyn, NY which him and “The Family” defend to the fullest.