LaMelo Ball's PUMA MB.02 OUT NOW: Release date, price, and where to buy


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With the NBA back in action, detailed shots of the PUMA MB.02s have emerged after LaMelo Ball wore his next signature shoes on the court during Charlottes' opening game against the Celtics this season.

However, this isn't the first time the shoes have been spotted as LaMelo was photographed wearing his new MB.02s during the 2022 NBA Media Day scrum ahead of the 2022/23 NBA tip-off.

From what we've seen so far, it looks as though Ball's latest signature sneaker closely follows the first MB.01 which is, in our opinion, one of the best basketball shoes on the market right now.

With big shoes to fill, how exactly does the MB sequel compare to the originals? We've rounded up everything we know so far to help you decide.

LaMelo Ball's PUMA MB.02 Release Date

After PUMA announced via Twitter that the MB.02s are on their way, it's now been confirmed that the sneakers are out now as of 21 October 2022 (10am EST) according to the PUMA Hoops Instagram.

We'd recommend acting fast if you're interested in picking up a pair as we've noticed LaMelo's signature sneakers sell out pretty quickly in the past.

If you're still unsure though, then perhaps a closer look at the design will help you make a decision...

LaMelo Ball's PUMA MB.02 Design

LaMelo Ball's second signature shoes are a throwback to the "Red Blast" MB.01s, the Hornets star's first sneakers with the brand.

PUMA MB.02 product image of LaMelo Ball's bright orange sneakers with red and blue accents.
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Credit: PUMA
PUMA MB.02 product image of LaMelo Ball's bright orange sneakers with red and blue accents.
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Credit: PUMA

The shoes come dressed in similar bright red tones; however, they feature a completely new fiery pattern that fades from a deeper red hue into orange around the collars and tongues.

PUMA MB.02 product image of LaMelo Ball's bright orange sneakers with red and blue accents.
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Credit: PUMA

Dark blue then provides a cold contrast to the warm base and can be found on what appears to be an updated version of LaMelo's infamous "1" logo on the tongues.

The same winged "1" can be found on the heels below Melo and PUMA co-branding. PUMA banding can also be found beneath the outsoles alongside a purple "Rare" logo in reference to one of the young basketball star's motos.

PUMA MB.02 product image of LaMelo Ball's bright orange sneakers with red and blue accents.
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Credit: PUMA

Technology-wise, the shoes feature NITRO foam-infused midsoles which have been designed to mimic LaMelo’s signature wings.

The theme extends to the woven mesh uppers combined with what PUMA refers to as multizone mixed materials for targeted support, comfort, and breathability.

Finally, you'll find a nonslip rubber compound with a feather tread pattern underneath to enhance durability and traction, making them ideal for the quick cuts and jump shots of a point guard.

LaMelo Ball's PUMA MB.02 Price

Although the price was originally kept a mystery during the initial reveal of the MB.02s, we now know how much LaMelo's next signature sneakers will cost with the shoes out now.

The MB.02s are currently listed for $130 in adult sizing; however, we're yet to see a listing for them in smaller and presumably cheaper kids' sizes just yet.

This may change shortly after their release though, so stay tuned for more information right here.

Where To Buy LaMelo Ball's PUMA MB.02

You can find the MB.02s listed at the PUMA store right now in adult sizing if you're looking to secure a pair.

Alternatively, keep an eye out at StockX for the sneakers, specifically under the LaMelo Ball collection, as an alternative place to buy.

To find out more, check out our list of the best places to buy sneakers right here.

Similar Products You Can Buy Now

If you miss out on the chance to cop the new MB.02s, then there are a few alternative sneakers available now to add to your collection.

PUMA MB.01 Be You

PUMA MB.01 "Be You" product image of a multi-coloured sneaker with a galaxy-print pattern.
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Credit: PUMA

PUMA MB.01 Queen City

PUMA MB.01 "Queen City" product image of an all-purple sneaker with light blue accents.
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Credit: PUMA
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