Inspired by his love for luxury watches and his need for high-performance, Jordan Brand designed the Melo M9 for Carmelo Anthony. Question is — should you spend the time to play in a pair?
I have to come clean – I haven’t worn a pair of Melos since the M5. Not that I didn’t like the shoes or the designs, I just didn’t think they fit my game or my budget with the other options available. Then came the M9. After all of the good I heard about the M8 and the Advance over the summer and the total beast mode Jordan Brand went into on the Super.Fly and the CP3.VI, I was drooling on the pics of this shoe.
When I opened the box, I was greeted with possibly THE brightest pair of shoes I have ever worn (a LOT of years in there). The Black History Month blue almost glows, and the volt around the Zoom unit and trim only adds to the rainbow. The first visual I noticed was the straps (the luxury watch influence). The only structure to the sides of the shoe, the straps run from the laces down into the midsole and pull the shoe completely around the foot. They are lined with Flywire but that, to me, was an unnecessary add-on. The nylon of the straps does well enough. Like the last three shoes I have reviewed from Jordan this year, construction is excellent. No missed stitches or sloppy seams. The shoe definitely has an old school, ’90s feel to it with thicker than modern ankle padding and a bulky look to the forefoot and heel, not at all in the mode of the Hyperdunk/Fuse and adizero lines so prevalent on feet. The traction is clear herringbone and covers toe to heel. The one doubt I had was the raised area on the forefoot area of the outsole. Anything raised leads me to doubt stability. But so far Jordan Brand has proved they know what they are doing this year, so I am in for the ride. Let’s suit up…