May 23, 2012 BY Aaron Hope / 41
It’s somewhat difficult to define because there’s never been a series quite like this, but anyone who’s considered themselves a sneakerhead long enough to have seen the entirety of Carmelo Anthony’s Jordan Brand signature series knows that Melos have a distinct aesthetic feel that’s marked the entire eight-shoe run. The Melo M8 followed up on the Flywire introduced on the M7 Advance that had only been hinted at by the M7’s columnar build, and now that lightweight tech stretches beyond performance into personalization. It’s not shaped identically to the logo on the tongue, but there’s no mistaking the zig-zag of Flywire strapping for anything but an ‘M’ on the newly unveiled Jordan Melo M9, a shoe whose newly exteriorized side panel reinforcements not only integrate perfectly with the lacing system, but also accentuate the kinds of high-contrast colorways that are given when you play for the New York Knicks. Have a better look at these after the jump below and let us know how they compare to Carmelo’s other Jordans, as well as other ‘bare’ Flywire designs like the original LeBron 9 Elite samples and the upcoming Lunar Hyperdunk 2012. Photos: truthao
innovative. right step for JB. The Wade 2's are good for performance. GREAT for performance. but these I'd have to ball in first.
I think these are dope , if the design team can come up wit the innovative designs/concepts/colorways (ala KD/Bron) these have potential
Cool, these are huarache kinda and the air bag tape mimicking the the flywire is a nice touch. The forefoot looks very similar to the fly wade 1's midsole though. Hopefully they include forefoot vis zoom or change the look. What is that sparkly plastic on the side of the shoe? Support? I bet these will be like a huarache with better lockdown, cushioning, and support.
these are the best looking JB performance shoes i have seen in a looooooooonnnnnnnnnggggg time. I hope JB keeps it coming with innovation. Even though Nike pays for all innovation, JB should be above Nike at all times!
innovative yea but i hope they perform well b/c nikes innovation doesnt equal comfort, quality, and durability
This is what JB is supposed to be about pushing innovation. At least it looks innovative. the M8 was a great ball shoe for me if this is an imporovement i'll be glad to try it out.
whomever the designerr is for the melo line should be fired asap..i was never a melo fan but those are garbage..sorry!