Every summer serves up an inevitable array of red, white, and blue sneakers intended as a nod to the good old USA and the Independence Day celebrations that go down at the beginning of each July. This year, Jordan Brand is taking a different spin on that classic color scheme, whipping up a snazzy special edition of the Jordan Melo M9 that draws its inspiration from another annual celebration of heritage and history – the Puerto Rican Day Parade. A few years back, Jordan Brand rolled out its first Puerto Rico-inspired colorway with the Jordan Melo M7 Advance and followed that up with a themed t-shirt in 2012. With Carmelo now playing in the Big Apple, it made perfect sense to honor a piece of his personal heritage as well as a yearly NYC institution with the Jordan Melo M9 “Puerto Rico”, marking the first PR sneaker tribute during Carmelo’s stint in New York City and what we’d assume will be a JB/Melo staple for each June to come for as long as Melo is in town.
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