Jordan Future Sole Melo M7

The Jordan Future Sole Melo M7

As the NBA off-season sits in limbo with a lockout of the players, the uncertainty of a full schedule for the 2011-2012 year looks bleak.  The summer, usually filled with player movement, has been defined by superstar appearances during summer league games.  One of the biggest stars in the game today, Carmelo Anthony, has been active this offseason, having a summer league team as well as joining his Jordan Brand compatriots on an annual China tour.  Anthony had an event filled 2010-2011 season, highlighted by a return to his hometown, sent to the New York Knicks before the trade deadline.  On the sneaker side, the Melo M7 saw two iterations, with the Advance version making it in time for the playoffs.  Customary for the Melo line the past couple of years is the Future Sole edition, which gives a youngster a chance at designing a production version of the shoe.  This year, 16-year old Allen Largin came out on top with an Team Orange version of the M7.

Jordan Future Sole Melo M7

Team Orange and Midnight Navy represent Syracuse University where Carmelo won a National Championship

Debuted on the court this past March, and formally introduced at Syracuse University, the Future Sole Melo M7 is fittingly covered with a Team Orange color scheme, accented with Midnight Navy.  Bringing together Carmelo and his roots in New York, the shoe also features a very personal touch.  Covered in smooth matte finished leather, the build of this M7 is solid.  The leather overlay covers the toe cap and heel area, where a large plastic “MELO” logo sits in place of a stiff heel counter from the original M7.  For the lower half, a white outsole joins the Team Orange midsole, with Midnight Navy coming through on the Max Air unit at the heel.  The upper panels are marked with Navy stitching with a large jumpman logo adorned on the lateral side.  More orange is found on the laces, and underneath, the tongue follows the same construction, with the Navy stitching on the smooth leather.  Finishing off the tongue is a velcro tab at the top with the “Future Sole” logo pasted on.  Lifting the strap reveals a signature by the young designer, Allen Largin on one shoe, and Carmelo Anthony on the other.  And finally, the most personal touch is observed on the medial side, where a “CHELLE” emblem pays respect to the late sister of Anthony.

Jordan Future Sole Melo M7

A personal touch can be found on the medial side where a "CHELLE" logo is found

The Future Sole competition held every year by Jordan Brand not only brings life to the Melo signature line, but is also one of the most unique ambassador programs in the sneaker industry today, giving young designers the chance and opportunity to create a production model.  For the Future Sole M7, a simple design combined with a bright color scheme results in a bold style, which fits in perfectly with the Jordan Melo line.  Releases in limited quantities last week, the Jordan Future Sole Melo M7 is available at the Nike Online Store.

Jordan Future Sole Melo M7