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PUMA MB.02 Review

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Interview with the Designer

PUMA MB.02

The PUMA MB.02 is LaMelo Ball’s second signature sneaker, and it includes plenty of upgrades (including cushioning) from the PUMA MB.01.

Colorway: Fiery Coral-Ultra Orange

Release Date: October 21, 2022

Price: $130

The PUMA MB.02 is a much-anticipated release in large part thanks to the success of the PUMA MB.01. That shoe was one of the best basketball shoes in recent memory. In 2022, we get the second signature shoe of LaMelo Ball, and it looks like PUMA has made it even better. We hope you enjoy the video as Chris takes you on a tour of the shoe and gives insight into how the shoe was created on location at the PUMA North America headquarters.

What’s in the video?

In the video, Chris provides detailed information from all the usual categories, providing the in-depth information you need. He supplies expert-level opinions on the materials, cushioning, traction, support, and fit. Here’s some of what he discusses:

  • Window-style box
  • More production units
  • Incredible traction pattern
  • 3D-printed resin tooling
  • Compression-molded EVA midsole
  • Heel and forefoot nitrogen-infused foam
  • Maker’s Lab and lasts
  • Micro-molded mesh upper with fuse overlays
  • Tattoo-inspired design
  • Slightly rounded, wide base
  • Midfoot torsion bar
  • Internal and external heel counters

A couple of additional points: FIT — the same last was used on the MB.01 and the MB.02. So, whichever size you wore in the first model is what you should wear with the second. If you have not worn a pair of the MB.01, then true to size is best — wide footers will want to go up half a size.

The last used for the MB series is LaMelo’s actual foot shape. What Melo wears is exactly what the retail pairs are. We will go over that more in-depth next week when we sit down with the designer of the PUMA MB.02.

What’s in the designer interview video?

We all know Tinker Hatfield. Tinker is responsible for the majority of our favorite Air Jordans. His name is almost synonymous with sneaker design. But a lot of the best designers today aren’t known to the general public, and here at WearTesters, we feel that needs to change.

In the video above, we talk with the Head of Design, PUMA Basketball, Jeremy Sallee. He talks about the design process of the PUMA MB.02, what it’s like to work with LaMelo Ball, and why they made specific changes to the PUMA MB.02 from the MB.01.

To give you a taste of the insights he shares, Chris asked him how the Rick and Morty collab of the PUMA MB.01 came about. Jeremy told us all that it started with PUMA asking LaMelo Ball what his favorite things were. He named Rick and Morty as a favorite show and the partnership evolved from there.

Toward the end, he answers a few questions from our awesome Discord community members including how Puma’s grip is so sticky, whether a Vince Carter retro is coming in the near future, and if MB.02’s with high-end materials like leather and suede are ever coming our way. Overall, it’s a real treat to hear how much love and effort is put into the design and creation of a single sneaker.

Let us know your opinion on the MB.02 in the comment section below or on YouTube or Twitter.

How to Buy the PUMA MB.02

The PUMA MB.02 is now available for $130 at Puma and for $135 at Foot Locker. More colorways are on the way in the near future.

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