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Although called the Jordan Melo M12, the shoe is actually the fourteenth iteration of Carmelo Anthony’s signature line with the Jordan Brand. The shoe boasts a mesh, knit, and synthetic leather upper; FlightSpeed system in the midsole; and a distorted grid-like traction pattern on the outsole.
Cushion. The Melo M12 uses the FlightSpeed system for its cushioning. This basically means that a carbon plate rests on top of a Zoom Air unit. Upon landing, the plate distributes impact energy and adds a different kind of compression, unlocking and maximizing the Zoom Air unit’s potential.
Traction. The shoe utilizes a distorted grid pattern on its outsole. The pliable rubber works well on all surfaces, whether it be indoors or outdoors. There is a need to be extra careful though because the tread pattern burns easily on outdoor courts.
Length and Width. The shoe runs true to size. It is safe to go with your standard Jordan basketball shoe size.
Lockdown. Lockdown comes mostly from the webbed lacing system. Cords run from the midsole up to the lace loops; grasping the foot and pulling it into the foot bed. An internal TPU heel cup hugs the foot from the back. Along with the podular foam lining, this internal heel counter creates a comfortable and snug cradle for the foot.
The dual-wrap upper on the Melo M12 features mesh on one side and a knitted material on the other. There’s synthetic leather paneling at the back and fuse overlays on high-wear areas to ensure durability.
Foam pods and an internal TPU cup are found in the heel to keep the foot from slipping out.
As for the midsole, it has unlocked Zoom Air unit at the forefoot and plain foam at the heel. FlightSpeed and FlightPlate are also incorporated into the shoe’s midfoot. The midsole’s frame extends up to the lateral heel side; helping contain the foot during lateral movements.
The materials used in the upper add a dual texture to the shoe, while the synthetic paneling at the back gives it a touch of classic basketball feel. The shoe’s clean look is perfect, not only for on-court use but also for casual wear.
Since its debut in January 2016, five special colorways have been released: Yankees, Jade, The Dungeon, Red Gum, and Hyper Orange; with the last two being the most popular.
Jordan Melo M12 Red Gum
The shoe features a predominantly red upper with hits of gold detailing. It is paired with a gum-based outsole. The Jordan Melo M12 Red Gum is said to be a part of the Chinese New Year release, thus the colors.
Jordan Melo M12 Hyper Orange
The Jordan Melo M12 Hyper Orange was released shortly after the shoe’s general release date. The shoe sports a wolf grey and hyper orange color combination with metallic silver details.