It appears that Puma is finding it hard to slow down its production of signature basketball shoes. The third version of the LaMelo Ball Signature shoes is already out, and while I appreciate the new colorway, I’m concerned that it might be overshadowed by offerings from other prominent competitors. I’ve noticed a lack of substantial promotional campaigns for the MB.03 LaFrance, apart from the standard press releases we’re so used to seeing from the myriad of sneaker blogs.
In an effort to understand more about these shoes and the inspiration behind them, I wentto Puma’s resources. Here’s what I found:
The MB.03 LaFrance, LaMelo Ball’s third signature shoe, takes us on a journey into the unseen alternate universe known as the Melo world. With distinctive features like slime-inspired rubber wrap-ups and an engineered knit upper with scratch cutouts, the MB.03 firmly stands as a product ‘Not From Here’. The unique slime sole and futuristic PUMA Hoops technology, including NITROFOAM™, gives this shoe an interplanetary look while being tournament-ready.
As for its benefits and features, here are some key points: the NITROFOAM™ is an enclosed nitrogen-injected foam designed to provide responsive cushioning in a lightweight package. The shoe details include an engineered mesh upper, a TPU heel clip, a NITROFOAM™ infused midsole, and a high-abrasion, non-slip rubber outsole.
I was fortunate enough to see this pair in person a few days ago. The overall aesthetics and the distribution of colors truly impressed me. The shoe is adorned with various references including LaMelo Ball’s logos and LaFrance’s insignia, adding a unique touch to the design. It certainly exudes quality; however, its lack of a strong promotional campaign may hinder its visibility among the myriad of releases from Nike . On the brighter side, this could be good news for potential buyers as it might mean the possibility of acquiring a pair below the retail price in the near future.
As for the performance review, I haven’t gathered much information yet. However, based on the features outlined, it seems like an upgraded version of the MB.01 and MB.02, about which I’ve previously shared details on this platform.