Officially hitting the streets today is Carmelo Anthony’s first signature shoe as a member of the New York Knicks. And of course, Eastbay has the impressive Jordan shoes available in three colorways. Built to the exact specifications of Carmelo Anthony, the Jordan Melo M8 features a full-grain leather upper and a lightweight Flywire construction. The Melo M8 also features a Max Air-equipped heel, along with Nike’s Zoom Air in the forefoot providing Melo maximum support during all his explosive moves on the court.
Three color ways are officially available from Eastbay, including both the home and away New York Knicks inspired colorways. Also available for purchase is a classic Air Jordan colorway, arriving in white, black and varsity red.
The Jordan Melo M8 is now available from Eastbay in three great colorways.
A couple months ago in Denver, I had the chance to chat with Melo about Eastbay and being a Sneakerhead. While I was out there, I was able to watch the 2010 Future Sole Melo M7 category winner Allen Largin present his design to Carmelo. Allen’s hard work paid off as he explained the inspiration, sketches, materials and final design to an impressed Melo. Melo told Allen, “I like it. I like it a lot, man. I can tell that you put a lot of thought, a lot of my inspiration into the shoe.”
After the presentation, Melo gave Allen a unique autographed wooden Future Sole plaque for him to remember his trip by. That wasn’t the only thing D’Wayne and Melo had in store for the 16-year-old from Michigan. D’Wayne pulled out a duffle bag that had three 3-D Z-core models of the redesigned Future Sole version of the M7. The three colorways were Black/Red, Blue/Red/White (paying homage to Melo’s Puerto Rican heritage) and Orange (linking back to Melo’s college, Syracuse). The revamped Jordan Melo M7 Future Sole (which can be seen in the video) features Flywire and a big Jumpman on the side.
Along with seeing Allen’s presentation, I also talked to Melo briefly about how the Future Sole Design Competition came about and his on-going involvement. When discussing the nationwide competition he said, “[Designing shoes] is something I enjoy doing. [Future Sole is] giving high school and college kids the opportunity to design shoes who may never have the opportunity ever again, so that’s how the program started.”
Back in November, I flew to Denver to catch up with NBA Superstar Carmelo Anthony to chat about the Future Sole design competition, his new Jordan Melo M7 shoe, his experience with Eastbay and being a sneakerhead.
When I asked him about Eastbay, he said, “I’ve been dealing with Eastbay long before I even was with Brand Jordan. I used to run and make sure I got my Eastbay book, made sure I signed the catalog so they could get delivered to me, so I was always in tune with what Eastbay had going on.”
When discussing what he likes so much about Eastbay, he talked about the range of colors. “You can go to the stores and get a chance to get the same sneakers, same colors, but with Eastbay they have a variety of colors, colors that might not even hit stores. So it’s almost like special edition.”
I also asked him about shoes. He talked about how many pairs he owns and his love of sneakers. “I’m a sneaker collector. I have probably almost 1,500 – 1,600 pairs of sneakers. You go in my closet and you see sneakers from the early 90s, late 80s. Everybody who had their own sneaker I probably have in all the colors. I still have shoes I didn’t even wear in boxes and plastic. I just love sneakers. I love the art of designing sneakers.”