Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns have not had an easy time of it lately. After getting hammered by the Sacramento Kings, the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Clippers (twice), and the Ja Morant-less Memphis Grizzles, they’re entering mid-January—and the looming February trade deadline—just a hair above .500 and hovering uneasily on the edge of play-in contention.

But while the team is still waiting for their starters to click, Booker himself is still playing at the very highest level, averaging a substantial 26 points and 7.8 assists across the season so far. He’s destined for further All-Star and All-NBA honors and—if he, Kevin Durant, and Bradley Beal can finally find their rhythm—there’s no telling how high his ceiling is on this Suns squad.

Booker has been doing all of this and more in a very special pair of sneakers: the Nike Book 1, his debut signature sneaker with Nike, which he’s been rocking on court in game after game and which has lately been lighting up the league. One of the most immediately impressive signature shoes in recent memory, it strikes the ideal balance between performance brawn and street-ready verve—a crossover hit in the making months before it’s set to hit retail shelves. It’s a seriously great shoe.

The Nike Book 1 in its scorching debut “Chapter One” colorway.

The Nike Book 1 in its scorching debut “Chapter One” colorway.

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Inspired by Nike staples like the Air Force One, the Blazer, and the classic Air Jordan 1, the Book 1 has a timeless, old-school silhouette. Wrapped in canvas and twill, its weather-beaten, lived-in exterior shrouds a deluge of state-of-the-art tech—including a proprietary Nike Cushlon 2.0 foam midsole—to allow it to perform at the highest level. A match made in heaven, as far as basketball sneakers are concerned.

Booker debuted the shoe in a dusky orange colorway reminiscent of the obscure but beloved “Gatorade” Jordan 1, notably deeper and more burnished than most modern sneakers. A distinctive shade with which to introduce a new sneaker line, to be sure, it’s been making the rounds all over the league, as many of Booker’s current and former teammates have been playing in pairs. Kevin Durant has been seen rocking the Book 1 on the bench—a testament to the fact that the shoe looks great with casual clothing—while former Suns forward Mikal Bridges, sent to the Nets in the KD trade, paid Booker homage by wearing the Book 1 through most of December.

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