From the ground up

Earlier this week we had the opportunity to visit the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Oregon for Jordan Brand‘s Holiday 2011 Flight Forum. Centered on the latest footwear developments for Jordan’s star players Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade, Jordan gave a select group of media a first peak at the CP3.V, Fly Wade 2 and Melo M8 signature shoes. Rounding out the unveiling were several new CP, Melo and Wade endorsed sneakers as well as a full range of forthcoming Jordan brand apparel.

As part of the event, we also had the opportunity to wear test some of these shoes in Nike’s Bo Jackson gym. The most comfortable and responsive for this editor’s (admittedly amateur) style of play were the Melo M8s, as pictured above.

Have a look in our gallery as we “Fly Around, Fly Over and Fly Through” some highlights from the Jordan Holiday 2011 collection. Two shots to note outside of what’s mentioned above are the Carbon Fiber Jordan 2011s (for Jordan family only) and a portrait of legendary Nike designer Mark Smith.

Photography: Pete Williams/

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