Prose: Jake Sittler (@jtsittler)
First Look at the Nike Zoom Revis 2
Thanks to some awesome folks at NikeTalk, we have a shot at Tampa Bay Buccaneers DB Darrelle Revis’ next signature shoe. The Zoom Revis 2 is another clean design, with what looks to be a patent leather toe rand and dual midfoot straps. I’d venture to say that the midsole will be Zoom-loaded (since the first one feature a full-length bag) as well. The original Zoom Revis was a great performer as an all-around trainer and everyday shoe, and happened to be one of my favorite purchases of the year. Expect big things from the second model.
KD Trey 5
Each season, Nike typically trots out an Asia-exclusive Kobe Bryant signature shoe (check the Zoom Kobe 81, Venomenon or Dream Season), highlighted by extra durable construction and simpler materials that are geared towards outdoor play. Apparently, Kevin Durant’s signature is going to get a takedown model, dubbed the KD Trey 5. The shoe features a fairly simple Hyperfuse upper atop Zoom cushioning and sturdy midsole. The outsole reveals a wide herringbone traction pattern for grip on outdoor courts. The shoe is expected to see an overseas release, and is at least worth a Google image search (even if these models typically get slept on in the U.S. market.)
Jordan Melo M10
Believe it or not, we’re up to ten signature shoes for one Carmelo Anthony. The line has typically been a solid performer for guys at the wing spots, even if it has flown under the radar some. It’s featured some unique performance innovations along the way – remember the ankle sleeve on the M4 and exterior Flywire lockdown system on the M9? – and the M10 appears to incorporate some of the best tech Jordan Brand has to offer.
Featuring the brand’s Flight Plate midsole shank and Proplate Zoom cushioning, the M10 looks to be a performance monster (and a direct descendent of the XX8). From the outsole to the midsole, the M10 looks nearly identical to the XX8, but the etched heel counter and a Dynamic Fit upper give the M10 a few of its own details. Take a look at the four colorways previewed so far and stay tuned for further release info.