All done playing in my Carmelo, ello, ello, ay, ay, ay…
Clean courts are perfectly fine, dust is an adversary that the Melo 1.5 has a hard time handling (you’ll need to wipe often) and they played nicely outdoors, however, their durability is something I question since my outsoles started wearing down the first time I played in them. The more I played in the the more I noticed wear and then there were pieces missing… totally not what I had expected and I was a little disappointing. They’re good enough to play in but they just didn’t rise to the occasion.
Cushion – The Melo 1.5 features a Phylon midsole and full length Air cushion. They are really comfortable – the Air Jordan 11 or Air Jordan 10 are the two that come to mind for a quick comparison – so cushion is definitely on-point. Flex is compromised but you’ll probably only notice that if you’re my size. The OG release had an insole that featured targeted EVA patches for additional comfort so if you owned the original then you may notice a slight difference in comfort but new owners such as myself won’t mind at all.
Material – Nubuck and a strange Nylon-like synthetic are used along the upper. The Nubuck starts off a little stiff and will require a minor break-in period. Those two areas of synthetic literally saved the shoes upper from a lot of wear and tear as they are placed at high-wear areas and take most of the impact during playing time… it doesn’t show scuffs as easily as the Nubuck as well so that is a plus in my book for those that only get one shoe for on and off court usage.
Fit – The fit was probably my biggest issue with the shoe overall. they run 1/2 size long so even if you are a wide-footer, going down 1/2 size may be a good idea. They also fit wide so after going down 1/2 size I still struggles with the sloppy fit and had issues obtaining a totally secured locked in feeling. If you tape your ankles or wear a brace then that’ll likely take up some of the extra space but even then… you have the forefoot to worry about. This may be a wide-footers dream shoe though… they will have an easy time lacing them up and gaining a proper fit… sucks for those of us with narrow or normal width feet.
Ventilation – There are some small perforations along the upper which allow some hear to escape but they confused the heck out me with the perforated tongue (inside) which was covered by a synthetic leather… which totally defeats the purpose of the perforations found within the tongue.
Support – Since the fit was so sloppy, I wasn’t able to achieve perfect lockdown and that had an affect on the overall support. The sturdy materials provide you with some reassurance but when all is said and done… they weren’t up to par with certain current models… most notably the Jordan Melo M10.
Overall – You can tell that these were designed for a player like Melo. Mobility is not that great and they work for guys that like to take jab step, step back jumpers and post moves. Not really for a PG that needs to be able to move freely when they need it. However, their one bright spot is that these are a great option for those with wider feet. I know that wide-footers have a really hard time getting shoes that fit their feet properly and with most shoes getting built on a narrow last, you’re options are more limited now than ever.
They’re definitely comfortable and I liked the materials… everything else though… not for me personally. I know these aspects will be appreciated by players with wider feet so hopefully you are able to try them on and decide for yourself whether or not they’ll work out for you.