Who should buy the Jordan Melo M12

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. This is a good option for you if:

  • You're really big on comfort and protection even during an aggressive game play.
  • You're a Jordan brand follower and loves the classic basketball shoe style.

Jordan Melo M12 logo

Midsole technologies of Melo M12

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.

Jordan Melo M12 midsole

Upon landing, the plate distributes impact energy and adds a different kind of compression, unlocking and maximizing the Zoom Air unit’s potential.

Jordan Melo M12 midsole fore

Melo M12's outsole structure

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.

Jordan Melo M12 outsole

Comfy secure 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.

Jordan Melo M12 lockdown

Durable construction of Jordan Melo M12

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.

Jordan Melo M12 forefoot

Foam pods and an internal TPU cup are found in the heel to keep the foot from slipping out.

Jordan Melo M12 heel

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.

Jordan Melo M12 heel side

Jordan Melo M12's clean style

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.

Jordan Melo M12 style

Facts / Specs

Weight: 369g
Top: Mid
Signature: Carmelo Anthony
Lockdown: Lace-Up
Collection: Jordan Melo
Features: Ankle support
Colorways: Grey / Blue / Red / Black

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Author
Dimitrije Curcic
Dimitrije Curcic

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.