I love, freaking LOVE, when a company like Brandblack comes along. When a known commodity in the industry gets an idea, and financing, to start their own company, speculation and excitement usually follow. Will the shoes work? What cushioning? Materials A+ or D-? How is the design – playable or chunky? And lastly, where can I get a pair to try out? Brandblack comes with all of these questions answered – known owner/brand president in David Raysse, brand specific cushioning, great materials, and smooth designs.
Except for this – no matter how important you think packaging/shelf appearance is, Brandblack has it down. Thick, sturdy box that will be harder to crush than Tyrion, sleek graphics, and a double dust bag (separated sides for each shoe). I don’t ever use dust bags once the shoe is out, but a feeling of elegance and class was stated from the start with these additions.
(Just so you know I am not losing my mind, I am going to do this a little different for the review; I was sent a pair of Raptor lows and a week later a pair of Phantom lows. Since the midsole and traction pattern is identical, I will review the shoes together. Same detail, squared…)