PUMA MB.02 LaMelo Ball Shoes Release Date
As LaMelo Ball and the Charlotte Hornets head into the 2022-23 NBA season, the 21-year-old guard and his PUMA family have cooked up new styles of his first signature model with the German company. Recently, however, reliable sources teased what is believed to be the MB.02, Ball’s second PUMA shoe.
Although nothing has been confirmed by official parties, the newly redone silhouette bears a strong resemblance to the PUMA MB.01, the widely acclaimed first signature sneaker from younger brother Ball. Some netizens have taken to social media to express their disgust at how similar the unreleased silhouette is, after considering the pair more of an MB.015 than an MB.02. Still, those who don the pair to fit in will likely appreciate the familiar design given the performance of the first PUMA MB proposal. A mid-rise cut paves the way for a breathable mesh upper coupled with what’s likely to be full-length Nitro foam; midsole cushioning forgoes plastic containment strips, which can make for a more comfortable ride throughout a game. The multi-directional tread is replaced with an exclusively herringbone solution which should work better given its popularity in performance basketball shoes. Finally, PUMA and LaMelo Ball double down on the artistic take on the sneaker, further covering the profiles of the reported MB.02 with wing-like details that reference the 21-year-old’s tattoos. Branding on the tongue gets an update, while logos on the spine remain the same as the MB.01.
Enjoy an extremely early preview of the upcoming pair, courtesy of Instagram user @spicychickenwings, while we await official details from PUMA.
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