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Jordan Melo M10 Performance Review

Jordan Melo M10 Performance Review
Posted: January 20, 2014 at 11:01 pm   /   by   /   comments (97)


Much like the Air Jordan XX8 SE Performance Review, the Jordan Melo M10 Performance Review will be short and simple due to the similarities.

The differences between these and the Air Jordan XX8/ SE are slim but prominent…

1. Materials are premium.
2. Premium materials provides greater durability.
3. Premium materials also means that break-in time is required.
4. Cushion feels a bit more firm in the forefoot, possible fix to Zoom Air unit popping and/ or shifting on some consumers.
5. TPU in place of Carbon Fiber at the heel… a change but not a significant performance difference.
6. Slight price increase compared to the XX8 SE but with the premium materials added and with the Zoom issue potentially fixed… could be worth it depending on who you ask.

I still love everything about the three models and since I’ve worn each of them I can tell that the original Air Jordan XX8 contains the foot well with the shroud, the SE offers a lightweight shoe that is supportive to a degree and the Melo M10 takes the support feature and beefs it up a few notches for those larger guys that may have felt as if the XX8 or SE were lacking a bit.

Hopefully this helps anyone out if you were unsure of which to get or even if the shoe will offer what you need in the first place. One thing is certain… the Melo M10 is how Air Jordan’s used to be made… handcrafted, ground breaking performance models with quality to boot.

Job well done, Jordan Brand… the story you’ve told with the Flight Plate System has been a great one. Can’t wait to see what the next flagship model brings.

Jordan Melo M10 Performance Review

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  • January 20, 2014 at 11:06 pm lake show

    one more video till 500
    You grew up so fast :*)

    • January 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm amir aftabi

      his 500th video will be the kobe 9 i think

  • January 20, 2014 at 11:36 pm Jake Patrick Cu

    That settles it, M10 it is! Great review as always, NW!

  • January 20, 2014 at 11:46 pm kickrcool

    awesome review… you break down every aspect of the shoe and make it easier for us to choose the best one of the three designed for our needs.

    • January 20, 2014 at 11:47 pm Nightwing2303


      • January 30, 2014 at 11:51 am kickrcool

        just ordered the SE based on your reviews and what i look for in a shoe. Cant’t wait to get them! thanks.

  • January 21, 2014 at 12:16 am Matt

    You didn’t mention HOW LONG is the breakin time?/
    Otherwise, great review, i might get the YOTH or BHM melo m10!

    • January 21, 2014 at 12:33 am Nightwing2303

      Could vary from person to person. They get better with every game.

  • January 21, 2014 at 12:47 am Jack

    Great review as always! Really looking forward to the Zoom Crusader review

  • January 21, 2014 at 12:57 am Solecollector

    Awesome review NW! Just wanted to let you know i enjoy all of your videos and it helped me make a purchase on the anatomix spawn. Really like how you strive to be unbiased towards your preference and be objective as possible. Job well done sir

  • January 21, 2014 at 1:04 am First last

    Wowowo xD
    6 10s

  • January 21, 2014 at 1:07 am Grizz

    Straight to the point

    Thanks as always man, doing a great service to us sneakerheads/ballers

  • January 21, 2014 at 1:09 am Erik

    Are you doing performance review on the Nike Crusaders?

  • January 21, 2014 at 1:23 am simeyboy

    Thanks NW. Just made my choice easier. I’m gonna save up on these. Because it’s more expensive here in the Philippines. Nice work man.

  • January 21, 2014 at 1:36 am Dime Slinger

    It’s just a matter of which ones I can get to first, the BHMs or the Breds. February 1st can’t come soon enough.

    NW I haven’t heard a peep on the XX9 and Jordan’s bday is a month away. I mentioned his bday because everyone knows the new release is around that time.

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:24 am Francis J

    hey nw. How long is the break in time for you personally?

  • January 21, 2014 at 3:31 am Slamajama

    NW great job!!! You are lucky to try out all these kicks but if you had to choose one or suggest one for a 6 foot PG/SG what would you pick? XX8 SE or M10?

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:44 am thanos

    “Cushion feels a bit more firm in the forefoot, possible fix to Zoom Air unit popping and/ or shifting on some consumers.” Possible fix??? I mean there are no hard facts about it, right?? Both my XX8s and a friend’s forefoot popped after something like 15 times of play. Dont get me wrong, the shoe feels awesome but it just doesnt worth it if its gonna pop so fast.

    • January 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm Nightwing2303

      I used the words “possible” & “potentially” appropriately. Meaning nothing confirmed, just assumed. I have friends along with myself that play in the tech without any popping at all, one guy is 6’4″ and loves his XX8 & M10’s so it seems to be different for everyone.

      • February 2, 2014 at 12:16 am JJ

        Hey nightwing I’ve watched just about performance review you’ve had over the past year an I also watch kickgenius an in there review they say that the melo m10 cushion isn’t as good as the Jordan xx8 something about the unlocked zoom not being as bouncy is that true ???

        • February 2, 2014 at 12:17 am JJ

          Nevermin ha I found my answer

          • February 4, 2014 at 9:21 pm t_7

            what was your answer? cause i really wanna know

  • January 21, 2014 at 4:46 am Kickzzzzz

    Hey NW i really want to experience the whole flight plate tech, i have a pair jordan superfly 2, do u think theres a big difference in cushion between these and the sf2 for me to grab a pair? Btw nice review as always, keep up the great work! :)

    • January 24, 2014 at 6:58 pm ,

      im not nightwing, but ive owned the xx8s, superfly.2s and m10s. i think the flight plate is great. it didn’t necessarily give you better cushion, but better motion with your feet imo. your feet just feel less restricted and less clunky and just more natural in general. idk if it is worth is to you to spend more money just to get a shoe with flight plate, but thats just my 2 cents

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:36 am Sneakerdude23

    Hey nightwing. If the colorway is changed and some of the materials in the tounge can be mesh can it have a higher ventilation score? If yes then cop.

  • January 21, 2014 at 6:43 am conrad

    its kind of weird how pricing here in the phils is different. the SE is 8995 at titan22, the m10 is 8495.

    • January 22, 2014 at 8:56 am face


    • March 22, 2014 at 3:08 am Khym Quita

      Ohh yeah. :) I got Melo m10 All star Yesterday. :)

  • January 21, 2014 at 7:08 am HoopsBaller32

    Hope the YOTH and BHM release here in the phils. I don’t want to have to import some from the states. Otherwise great review nightwing i love your work and it definitely satisfies the info i need on my kicks!

  • January 21, 2014 at 7:46 am Eurostep09

    Tried this on, you can feel the zoom bags on the fore foot and heel. Fit is great but it’s on the heavy side and the upper durability is suspect.eventhough it felt phenomenal I decided to purchase sf2s cool gray because my wife said so, and I’m now feeling “turrible”.

  • January 21, 2014 at 8:30 am Tim

    First perfect score in everything besides ventilation

    • January 21, 2014 at 8:54 am Dime Slinger

      I wouldn’t get too hung up on the scorecard. Materials have a 10 because they are composed of raw premium materials the way Nightwing likes. The Spawn has the highest overall marks ever if you are a “score keeping” kind of person.

  • January 21, 2014 at 9:49 am RV9

    Will the rubber outsole of the m10 can last on a smooth surface cement court?Coz here in the phi we usually plays on hardwood courts and smooth surfaced cement courts.

    • January 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm PinoyHooper3

      Same durability. You’ll be fine.

  • January 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm NJ

    I’m 44 years old and I remember what the original Jordan’s used to be before the age of the retro. I used to love my Jordan’s because they were the best at the time and felt like a real basketball shoe, IMO. I haves loved the Melo line for the last 3 years because I always feel the materials are a little “old school”, which I like. I will wait to purchase when they drop in price a little bit.

    NW I did purchase the UA Torch 2 and they give me that same kind of “old school” feeling to a certain degree. These shoes are comfortable as hell, with great lockdown, support and fit. I’m looking forward to your take on them. I’m going to get more CW’s and skip the Melo all together. It’s a thought. I also purchased the UA Spine Predator for my son and he loves them just as much as the UA Spine. He says they look “cool” and play similar to the Spine. Go figure.

  • January 21, 2014 at 2:54 pm Jon

    Perfect timing, my Allstar XX8 zoom bag popped, this time in the right forefoot. Great excuse for me to pick these up once the “Bulls” colorway releases supposedly on 02/01. Will probably be way too impatient to wait for that Nike Claims credit to come in by then.

  • January 21, 2014 at 5:42 pm Adrian

    What’s the difference between aligning the zoom bag vertically like the Superfly2 compared to horizontally (laterally) like these and the XX8s?

    • January 21, 2014 at 5:43 pm Nightwing2303

      I explained that in the SF2 review.

      • January 21, 2014 at 5:47 pm Adrian

        My bad, thanks Nightwing!

  • January 21, 2014 at 9:13 pm mjl116kobe

    What kind of camera do you use?

  • January 22, 2014 at 9:52 am Bernard

    Hey nightwing, do you think that the zoom bag popping issue has something to do with the playing style or how some people distribute their weight on their feet or is it just a factory defect? I really want to get the M10 or the XX8 SE but i’m having second thoughts coz the zoom bag thing & i’m not from the states so i’m not sure if i can get a refund or a replacement if i get one & it pops…thanks for your time!

  • January 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm Benard Derival

    How responsive is the cushion? Once broken in

  • January 22, 2014 at 8:06 pm Cliff Paul

    My Super.Fly 2’s are making a whooshing sound when i walk and the air bag is squishy. Has the air bag popped and do I need new shoes?

    • January 22, 2014 at 11:52 pm Mking

      Hell yeah. R.I.P.

  • January 24, 2014 at 1:12 pm Mr. Clean

    This is the first shoe that you’ve ever reviewed that got 10’s in the first 4 categories! (I think) Definite cop now that i watched the review. I love your channel and make sure to watch your review before I buy a shoe! Thanks Nightwing!

  • January 26, 2014 at 10:59 am Red_Pie

    Nightwing this was an awesome review, i really like these Melos M10, but… i have one problem, its just that i don’t know too much about the zoom air unit, so i don’t know if these worth it, i do like the shoe once again but i just want to know how bad and how does it looks when the zoom air pops because in my country is very hard to play in wood courts, so we play outdoor courts, but they are like… they have small rocks on the court so i’m afraid of these popping. THANKS

    • February 1, 2014 at 10:28 am jeric

      dude get a shoe that’s for off court. as i can remember under that zoom air bag is just thin outsole rubber so not a good idea for off courts.

      • February 2, 2014 at 10:43 am Red_Pie

        like what shoe would you recommend for off courts? thanks.

      • February 2, 2014 at 10:59 am Red_Pie

        they are like black pavement whit rocks courts, a cool shoe for it?

        • February 6, 2014 at 11:28 pm DC

          Hyperdunk 2013 with XDR; Air Jordan super fly 2 with XDR; Or even LBJ 11 with XDR. All the AJ 28s; M10; and Kobes are no go.

          • February 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm A.M

            Also Kobe venomenon 4, Adidas Feet you wear, Any shoe with xdr would do fine.

    • February 14, 2014 at 3:16 pm Xi barnick

      Red pie it would work outdoors I have and it’s just fine

  • January 26, 2014 at 10:56 pm squall

    The firmer forefoot zoom definitely isn’t a fix for the “popping”. My friend’s M10 popped his forefoot zoom after a few uses. Still a really great use of zoom but a risky one.

  • January 27, 2014 at 9:35 am Joshua Smith

    Nightwing, is the ventilation really that bad?

  • February 2, 2014 at 1:27 am Jon

    Just had a question for anyone who’s been playing in these regarding the fit. Do they feel like the XX8 or SE once broken in, or will they always be stiffer? I picked up a pair of SEs after trying on both today @ Footlocker, and was gonna either double up, or go with the M10s to change it up a bit, but am worried about the upper stiffness down the road. Any feedback would be appreciated.

    • February 10, 2014 at 12:20 am PinoyHooper3

      Double up on the SE. They are cheaper. Once adequately broken in, the M10 will be slightly stiffer. IMO, I think there is no significant difference performance-wise.

  • February 2, 2014 at 11:31 am Red_Pie

    Would somebody recommend the leBron 11 for outdoor?, is because i would like to buy them in “ntking’s pride” colorway and i don’t know how much will these last on pavement (i’ve heard about the XDR outdoor, but i can’t buy nike id things, and i like the king’s pride colorway)
    again THANKS…

    • February 6, 2014 at 11:31 pm DC

      I’ve got the same issue as you because they city I live in mainly has outdoor courts. Some of my friends have bought the LBJ11s with XDR outsole. They are fine after few games. It looks cool which is what you want and they are not like Kobes which doesn’t last on out door surface. But I think another important issue is your playing style. Good luck.

    • February 14, 2014 at 3:17 pm Xi barnick

      Get the xx8 se or these Melos for outdoors rubber is much more durable then lebron xi

  • February 4, 2014 at 11:55 am brandon

    so does the unlocked zoom feel as good as the xx8’s? or is it less responsive?

    • February 8, 2014 at 3:42 pm Jon

      Honestly compared to the original XX8, the unlocked zoom in my SEs and M10s feel firmer for me, but I like it. I still play in a pair of blue camos that have survived amazingly enough, and I can definitely feel a difference. Who knows, maybe I just forgot that a little break-in time is required for the cushion to be like what I feel with the OG XX8.

  • February 5, 2014 at 7:12 am Griffin

    These didn’t feel as good as the xx8’s

    • February 5, 2014 at 10:19 pm brandon

      even when broken in?

  • February 5, 2014 at 7:12 am Griffin

    In terms of the unlocked zoom

    • February 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm A.M

      These are more firm to help prevent the zoom bag from popping. You get more security of mind, but also a more firm zoom ride

  • February 8, 2014 at 3:38 pm Jon

    Got my M10s yesterday and the XX8 SEs last Saturday. I popped the SEs after 3 days of pick-up in the right forefoot, but got them exchanged for another pair no problems. The M10s felt better out of the box than I thought it would. I like the lacing system in the SE and regular XX8 a little better, but the toe box in the M10 is much nicer for me than the SE. Definitely a little stiffer with the leather, but they were loosening up fairly quickly the more games I played.

    Glad I picked these up, but when I’m done popping all my Flight Plate based shoes (just a matter of time with these, or I’m really unlucky), I’ll refund them for the CP3.VII until the XX9 comes out. It’s really hard to enjoy hooping in any other shoes after being spoiled by the XX8 style flight plate system.

    • February 8, 2014 at 3:46 pm Dime Slinger

      I love my BHM M10s, but wait until you try the Kobe IX elite.

      • February 8, 2014 at 3:54 pm Jon

        Oh yeah, did you get yours and play in them already?

        I like playing with my custom orthotics, so the Kobes don’t work too well for me with that midsole + insole combo. Although the 8s molded perfectly to my foot and were fun to play in (still do every now and then), after a while I kept messing up my big toes with the lack of cushion. If the 9s are legit with beefier lunarlon, I’d definitely consider scooping up a pair. I love that cool grey Detail coming out in March.

        • February 8, 2014 at 4:16 pm Dime Slinger

          I’ve played in the M10s, but just shot around in the Kobe IX elite(no ballers showed up yet). That lunarlon cushion in the Kobe IX is boss. I swear that I didn’t want to take them off. I can slide the insoles in and out with ease, so I would think that you could run with your orthotics if you wanted too.

          I’m with you on the “Detail” out of the upcoming 3 in March. I’m not feeling the All Star which will be here next week.

          Getting back to the M10 though, that decoupled flight plate is golden. I’m thinking that all performance shoes should be designed that way.

          • February 8, 2014 at 4:24 pm Jon

            With the orthotics, I would, but they rely on a shoes having cushion. Like I said, the 8s molded to my foot perfectly, just wish they had a little more cushion/density.

            On the M10s, and XX8s I agree. Love the decoupled outsole setup which is perfect for sprinting up and down the court.

          • February 10, 2014 at 3:39 am Ice09

            What do you like better out of the Kobe 9 and the Jordan XX8 SEs/Melo M10?

            Have you worn the Kobe 9 enough to say yet?

  • February 10, 2014 at 7:13 am Dime Slinger

    The containment on the Jordan xx8(keep in mind that I never messed with the SE) is still better than the Kobe IX in my opinion. That Lunarlon cushion is my style though. I even slipped my Lebron XI lunarlon/zoom combo into the Kobe IX elite, but I still prefer the standard cushion with those. The comfort is amazing on the Kobe IX elite, which tells me that I dig Lunarlon foam cushion over Zoom Air.

    I have only hooped in the Kobe IX elite for 2 days. That really isn’t enough to say, but I can see myself grabbing them over my xx8. The Melo 10 is nice, but it doesn’t really touch those two in my opinion. Maybe it’s because they are sturdy for a big man and I’m 5’10 165lbs. I wear size 12, so they can feel more clunky for someone like me.

    • February 10, 2014 at 4:32 pm Jon

      Yeah, it’s different strokes for different folks. If I had to rank JBs Flight Plate shoes, I’d have to say the OG XX8, Melo M10, then the SE. I love the fit around my ankle with the M10 more so than the SE. There’s also something about playing in leather that’s just fun. The more I play in ’em, the better they feel, and they felt pretty great out of the box. Just hope those zoom bags can hold up with my fat ass! (6″1′ 196 lbs) haha.

      As far as the KB IX Elite goes, I’m interested, but need to see Nightwing’s review first. Those Details are fire.

    • February 23, 2014 at 4:01 am Dime Slinger

      Foot in the mouth. I may have to rescind some of what I said. The M10 can and does touch the Kobe IX elite. Both of the cushion systems feel great as far as step in comfort, but the Zoom Air feels more adequate in protection in games that I really get aerial in. Also I think that I have finally broken the M10s in because they don’t feel as stiff as they did before. It’s tough to get a time table for when/how a shoe will get better until you do it yourself. That’s what I get for having too large of a rotation.

      Bravo Jordan Brand on an amazing setup. NW said it in his personal top 10. You’re always trying to find the next best thing in your rotation, but you still come back to the xx8(Flight Plate System shoes). I don’t see how JB doesn’t implement the same setup with very little deviation from the xx8 on the upcoming xx9. Obviously the Zoom popping issue that I keep reading about has to be addressed.

      • February 23, 2014 at 7:44 am Ice09

        Sounds awesome. I might consider getting a pair of the Melo M10s over the XX8 SEs, as I think I would prefer the raw materials of the M10s, that is, if I can get over taking a chance on the Zoom Air bag issues.

        • February 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm Elementxc

          I just finished a run in my SE’s the other night and can finally comment on the M10 vs SE’s debate.

          Flexibility in the M10 is not an issue once it’s broken in, but minimal upper featured on SE’s feels like paper mache in comparison. I’m not saying the SE’s are incapable of containing your foot on lateral cuts and such, it’s quite the opposite actually. On other end of the spectrum, the M10 has that protective shell type of sensation. The leather eventually molds to your foot leaving little to no dead space. If you’re the type of player who’s physical and/or dabbles in the low post, I’d recommend the M10s. If you’re a free-flowing, up-and-down type of player, go for the SE’s.

          As a 5’7 point guard with more of an all-around game, I prefer the M10s. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. They’re both A-grade shoes. I hope that helps.

        • February 23, 2014 at 5:24 pm Dime Slinger

          I read a comment from NW on his Instagram of the M10s that Nike will refund up to 2 years on an issue like this. Good thing that I keep all receipts at the bottom on the boxes.

          NW confirm.

          • February 23, 2014 at 7:01 pm Ice09

            I thought it was only 1 year, if it’s 2, then that would make me a lot more willing to take a chance.

            Any idea if I can send them directly to Nike from Australia?

            The store I’d be buying them from is Eastbay, and they said that they only have a 1 year return policy on defective shoes.

  • February 14, 2014 at 12:46 am ???????????

    does the unlocked zoom feel as “unlocked” as the SF2???

  • February 28, 2014 at 11:46 am erick

    Hey Nightwing! Thanks for the review! Been wondering tho, what material would last longer? Nubuck or Leather? I think its nubuck but I just have to ask LOL! Thabks again!

  • February 28, 2014 at 7:50 pm ChrisF

    Hey NW im torn apart which one to choose jordan melo m10 or lebron 11 which is better?

  • March 5, 2014 at 9:31 pm whiwolz

    Does the unlocked zoom bag shift easily, want to know if it is a common problem

    • March 7, 2014 at 7:08 pm Mom23

      As posted below. The zoom bag shifted after 1 week for me son.
      Hope you have better luck than us. It was a great shoe otherwise.

  • March 7, 2014 at 7:03 pm Mom23

    Buyers Beware!!!
    Zoom bag shifted after 1 week!
    Got Melo 10s from East Bay for my son. The bag shifted and bulging on left forefoot after 3 practices and 2 games only.
    He is a 140 lb 14 year old only – can’t have put too much pressure on them…
    Can’t believed this is happening! Sending them back to Eastbay. Hopefully they will be replaced.

    • March 10, 2014 at 2:39 pm Jon

      If Eastbay doesn’t take them, go to Hopefully things improve w/ the XX9.

  • March 7, 2014 at 8:26 pm HNIC

    I love you mom!

  • May 21, 2014 at 4:35 am Alex


    You rated M10 with a 9 Overall, just like the M9. So, comparing these two, would you say they are similar (regarding Overall Rating) or would you prefer one of them?

  • June 27, 2014 at 11:16 pm Bighoss68

    Want them so bad…..

  • July 24, 2014 at 11:42 pm Ryan

    Hi nightwing is the melo m 10 supposed to have cracks in the traction.I played outside with them once andthere were these small cracks in them.Also, i use disenfecting wipes to clean them is that the reason?

  • August 13, 2014 at 7:29 am Nova

    i’ve only worn my M10s twice now and already the unlocked zoom popped in the forefoot, the same thing happend with my previous show the Jordan Superfly 2. Both the shoes still had the fresh new sneaker smell too… i was saving my Melos to go to a five star basketball camp which is in 5 days ahah

  • August 31, 2014 at 4:47 pm stel

    ey guys. im bout to buy these. i just have lebron 8 soldiers here. and they are a little tight around the mid section. are the m10 broader?

  • September 13, 2014 at 11:52 am KicKz23

    NW which one would you recommend for outdoors Melo M 10 or Lebron 11?

  • October 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm Chris

    Hi Nightwing,

    I got the M10 All Star and want to know if the transculent rubber will get yellow too as it does on the Jordan 11 etc..

    Best regards

  • November 7, 2014 at 9:39 pm Anish

    Nice review again and thanks for answering me on my last comment for the drose 5

    Would u say that this is the best cousioned and best responsive shoe other then the Aj 28 for heel and forefoot

  • November 28, 2014 at 11:39 am airwalker

    Finishline has the black andvyellow m 10 for 62.99 online only. Lot if sizes

  • December 28, 2014 at 10:15 pm Olli

    I know it fit true to size but would going up half a size be the same, lock-down and fit wise?