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Wear Test: Jordan Melo M10 Review

Jordan Melo M10

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The Jordan Melo M10 is essentially the Air Jordan XX8 SE. Or is it?

The multi-directional traction pattern is indistinguishable, the Jordan Flight Plate is integrated into both, and the lacing structure appears to be the same. Aesthetically (and performance-wise in some aspects), the M10 and the XX8 SE are comparable, but there are a few qualities incorporated into the Jordan Melo M10 that make it more of a ‘power position’ shoe than the Air Jordan XX8 SE. Find out the minor tweaks – and in some ways major tweaks – that give Carmelo Anthony’s 10th signature shoe its own distinct fit and function.

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Wear Test: Air Jordan XX8 SE Review

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The Air Jordan XX8 SE is nowhere near as polarizing as the original XX8.
There’s no Scholler mesh sleeve creeping up past your shin (when zipped up), no unzipped sleeve covering the entire heel (when zipped down), and there’s no YKK zipper running through the middle of the silhouette. All of the attributes that made the Air Jordan XX8 intriguing and unparalleled, at least aesthetically, are stripped away, but the XX8′s standout performance qualities truly lie within its framework.

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Wear Test: Under Armour Anatomix Spawn Review

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Under Armour burst onto the performance basketball footwear scene in the fall of 2010 with a shoe called the Black Ice and a young, free-spirited point guard named Brandon Jennings, endorsing it. The Black Ice wasn’t the greatest performance shoe we had ever seen, but UA’s first attempt at a basketball shoe surely didn’t fall on deaf ears.

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Performance Review: Reebok Q96

Reebok Q96 Performance Review

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Crossover success is rare in the realm of revamped retro basketball shoes. Upgrading iconic models for modern performance wear is a novel concept attempted by many that rarely results in acclaim from consumers or even endorsers. Not afraid to play with the past, Reebok called upon the two most iconic models in all of the brand’s hoop history: the Question and the Pump Omni Lite. Rather than start from scratch with new archetypes or athletes, the storied silos became the foundation of what would be the brand’s next step in performance basketball category with the introduction of the Reebok Q96 and Pumpspective Omni. Both offerings see fresh takes on old favorites, with the likes of Nerlens Noel, Jason Terry and Isaiah Thomas carrying the torch for Reebok, Dee Brown and, of course, Allen Iverson.After taking a break from basketball and putting Zig to the side, Reebok called upon the two most iconic models in all the brand’s hoop history: the Question and the Pump Omni Lite. Rather than start from scratch with new designs or endorsers, the storied silos became the foundation of what would be their performance basketball relaunch. The Reebok Pumpspective Omni and Q96 were crafted to offer fresh takes on old favorites, with the likes of Nerlens Noel, Jason Terry and Isaiah Thomas carrying the torch for Reebok, Dee Brown, and of course Allen Iverson.

Just as putting on a pendant of faith or family can evoke strength in an athlete the same way wearing one’s team jersey or country colors can create pride, lacing up a pair of Iverson’s calls up courage and charisma. Simply put, Allen Iverson was the most fearless player to ever hit the hardwood and if you ever watched him play during his prime you know that. He led the league in scoring at under six feet of height and gave every ounce of effort he had while on the floor. His attitude was unmatched and anything with his name attached represented just that. Back in the day, hooping in a pair of Iversons stirred up the psyche to not only get yours but to get your opponent, too. Was such the case for the revamped, retirement-era Reebok Q96? Check out this Performance Review to find out.

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Performance Review: adidas D Rose 4

adidas D Rose 4 Performance Review

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Derrick Rose is back and his signature shoe series is looking bolder than ever. Hosting a split silo design and top of the line technology from adidas Basketball, the adidas

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adidas Springblade Performance Review Video

adidas Springblade Performance Review Video

The daring design of the adidas Springblade has everyone interested. While the revolutionary blades have heads turning, many are wondering how they are to run in. We found out exactly that by putting the shoes to test in this installment of Performance Review. How do Springblades hold up for the casual runner? Watch the video below to find out and check out our written review here.

Performance Review: adidas Springblade

adidas Springblade Performance Review

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In a category moving towards minimal, adidas stunned the running world with the unveiling of the Springblade. Engineered for propulsion, the daring design completely revamped the midsole by replacing standard foam or elements natural and unnatural with that of 16 forward slanted blades composed of a high tech polymer. The shoe’s striking design is apparent, but how does the new technology function for the casual runner? We aimed to find out exactly that in this Performance Review. Read on to learn more.

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Nike KD VI Performance Review Video

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You’ve read the written review, now see the Nike KD VI on foot and in action in our latest performance review video. From traction to responsiveness, we break down how the latest sneaker in Kevin Durant’s Nike signature line stacks up on the hardwood. Want to know how the KD VI will perform for you on court? Check out the video below, and give us your thoughts on KD’s sixth signature in the comments and on social media.