Verdict from 1 expert and 48 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • A lot of wearers love the shoe’s look, describing it as beautiful, stylish, and having “great color combinations.”
  • The majority of reviewers agree that the shoe feels very comfortable to wear. Whatever the wearers’ activities are–running, walking, making jump shots, or executing dunks–the cushioning has got them covered.
  • Many wearers remark that the Melo 1.5 provides great ankle support.
  • A number of purchasers feel that these Jordan shoes for hooping are durable on hand.
  • Due to the shoe’s synthetic materials, some users comment that they are actually easy to clean.
  • Traction plays well on clean courts. However, these black basketball sneakers play better outdoors.
  • Several wearers say that the synthetic material in the heel cup doesn’t show scuffs as easily as the nubuck, making the shoe perfect for people who like wearing the shoe on and off the court.
  • The Melo 1.5 is wide-footer friendly.
  • Several buyers love that the shoe brings nostalgia.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some shoe owners notice that the colorways that largely has synthetic leather uppers crease up badly that after some time, the leather starts to chip.
  • Several buyers say that the shoe feels a little heavy and quite bulky around the back.
  • A couple of testers notice that the rubber compound on the outsole attracts so much dust, wiping will be needed often.
  • Since the outsole is made of a pliable rubber compound, most users do not suggest to use the Melo 1.5 outdoors.

Bottom line

Overall, what the Jordan Melo 1.5 lacks in fit and weight, it gives back in terms of superb comfort and undeniable ankle support. This shoe is also loved by many because of its durability and the nostalgia that it brings.

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Good to know

The Melo 1.5 is the first signature shoe of Carmelo Anthony with the Jordan brand. Released in 2004, the shoe is heavily inspired by the designs of the Air Jordan 1 and Air Jordan 2, thus the number 1.5. The upper reinterprets some elements from the classic high-tops, and then adds some references to the then Denver Nuggets small forward. “What if the 1 was designed for Melo instead of MJ? How would it look like?” These are the questions that the seasoned Melo line footwear designer D’wayne Edwards answers with his work.

Cushion. Similar to the Air Jordan 2’s midsole set-up, a full-length Air unit is embedded in the shoe’s Phylon foam. For the Melo 1.5, however, the midsole is a bit thicker and more cushioned.

Traction. The tread pattern in the shoe’s outsole borrows from the Air Jordan 1. Surrounded by concentric circles, a pivot point is placed right underneath the ball of the foot to assist with the player’s cuts and turns in every direction. The heel features U-shaped flew grooves.

Length and Width. The Jordan Melo 1.5 runs long and wide. A few expert reviewers report that by going half a size smaller, they were able to get the right length. However, the shoe still had a bit more room width-wise. Players with wide feet will be pleased with the extra room. For those regular- to narrow-sized feet, the shoe might fit a bit loose. It is recommended to visit your local shoe store and try the shoe on personally to achieve the desired snugness.

Lockdown. Given that the shoe is of the right size, support and containment come from the traditional lacing system, the carbon fiber torsional shank plate within the midsole, and the large heel cup that extends up to the ankle to form the collar.

The Melo 1.5’s upper is made of three different materials. Nubuck primarily makes up the upper. A nylon-like synthetic is used on the toe rand, heel, and ankle collar. This synthetic is rigid and adds to the shoe’s structure.

The tongue, on the other hand, is made of synthetic leather and textured fabric. The tongue references Melo’s signature headband back in his braided hair days. The upper has perforations in its medial and lateral sides to ensure proper ventilation. In newer releases, the upper uses several other materials such as crocodile skin or French Terry fabric.

Jordan’s standard Phylon foam is used in the midsole, and it encapsulates a full-length Air cushion. This type of cushioning involves having a polyurethane pouch filled with dense gas for that springy and lightweight bounce. Finally, the outsole is made of a solid yet pliable rubber compound.

The Melo 1.5 is a high-top shoe that is inspired by the Air Jordan 1 and Air Jordan 2. The silhouette is clean and rounded without sharp lines. The shoe immediately gives off a vintage vibe due to the Carmelo logo on the ankle collar. A Jumpman logo is embossed on the lateral side of the heel. The Air Jordan 1 logo is on the medial ankle collar.

The shoes look great with joggers. They can also be used as dress sneakers.

The shoe is usually dual-toned wherein the ankle collar and the main body of the upper contrast. Recent releases feature other upper materials that make the shoe fit for luxurious casual wear.

Jordan Melo 1.5 Hoodie Melo Black

Who wears a hoodie working out? Apparently, Carmelo Anthony does. The NBA-star was spotted during an offseason workout in 2017 wearing a black hoodie. This sparked the basketball player’s Hoodie Melo alter-ego.

Applying the sweatshirt’s materials to the Melo 1.5, the shoe comes in an all-black, tech-fleece upper and a black French Terry fabric ankle collar.

Jordan Melo 1.5 Hoodie Melo Orange

Released together with the Black “Hoodie Melo,” the Orange version comes in Orange/Black/Maize colors with a crocodile skin ankle collar and an orange mesh upper. The colors match the Oklahoma Thunder’s orange and yellow.


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Dimitrije Curcic has been playing basketball for over 22 years. Like Manu Ginobili, he’s a left-hander whose moves led him to a better career-shooting percentage than the Argentine himself. After playing professionally for 10 years, Dimitrije moved to coaching for two seasons before he became a basketball statistician for StatScore, and FanSided contributor for the San Antonio Spurs. Dimitrije loves to tell hoop stories through numbers and graphics and has been featured on Fansided, FiveThirtyEight, Eurohoops, and TalkBasket among the others.