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Review: Brandblack Phantom Lo & Raptor Lo

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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…)

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“Dense, forgiving, soft when it needed to be and quick when it has to be – like a Friday night closing time pickup” – this put a smile on my face :)

Great review on an intriguing brand. Definitely looking forward to trying a pair

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Nice write up! What is the background with this company? I have heard that they are affiliated with another brand in some way, is that right? The shoes look interesting, and it is nice to see basketball shoes, those that are not retro’s, traditional styling and build, still being considered in the industry.

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Mede- owner was a designer for Adidas and Fila back then. I love the first round but I know the shoe for Crawford for 2015 is a knit weave forefoot. I was told there will still be leather involved in other shoes in the line.

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I’ve been on a leather-kick lately, and those Phantom Lo’s seem PERFECT!!!! 8-)
Great performers, traditionally styled.

When/if they become available in Europe, I want the white-colorway(drool) ….

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^^^ the reds are really smooth In hand also. That tan/gum bottom just hits.

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Excellent stuff here, duke. Once money permits, I think I may go a little gaudy and go with the all black J Crossover. I really like what I am reading from David Raysse and Co. about their philosophy and love the designs for most of their catalog.

Speaking of leather, you should really try to get a Way of Wade 1 or 2 in hand if you are looking for a quality leather basketball performer. Traction is hit or miss, but THAT shoe is the best leather shoe I’ve seen since forever and a day.

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great review! I miss leather ball shoes…

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Tom – it is funny, Li Ning made up special editions of previous shoes for CK but as soon as Wad signed the contact ceased. I do know the designer of the Wade series pretty well so I may try.

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