David is incrementing the version number on his Pirate Black Boost 350 replica. We immediately got our hands on a pair and we think these might be the best version out there, except for the boost.
The best thing about this new version has to be the fit. It fits like a glove, or better yet, like a retail glove. It feels great on foot. The prime knit isn’t as soft as it could be and the sole twist is weird to say the least, but it feels great on my foot and finally fits true to size. No need to order a size bigger anymore.
David knew he had to fix the bright green patches that were nowhere near the right color. He’s done that and the new patches are a much nicer dark green color. As far as patches go, these are super clean. The stitching and the cut edge of the suede is really nice. The size is great as well.
As much of an upgrade as the new patches may be, they are not perfect. You can see the lining where the patch has an indention about half an inch inside the edge of the patch, all the way around the edge. This is annoying and shows up on both shoes. It’s strange and something we haven’t seen on any other replica.
Something we aren’t as excited about is the sole shape. David has always had a strange twist in his shoe. This shoe doesn’t fix that problem. The shoe doesn’t sit flat, because the sole has a twist to it. You can see it in the photo below. Just look at how far off the table the heel sits. Not to mention, the lean to the right.
Does it affect wearability? We’re not so sure. I didn’t notice it on my foot, but if you wear this shoe for a longer length of time, maybe it causes more issues. It’s odd and doesn’t remind me of quality in any way.
One more problem with sole, the sheen. It’s very glossy. Bright and shiny is the way to describe this sole. A matte finish is much more desirable but that’s a far cry from what David provides here.
A pleasant surprise were the laces. If you’ve read our other reviews, no one has nailed the Pirate Black laces. Most laces are horrible. They don’t even come close to the quality of a retail lace. Others have tried aftermarket laces, but even those aren’t right.
Comparing David’s 10th to other replicas, these laces are a better color and design than most. I think the size is good as well. The only gripe would be the plastic tips still being wrong. Relatively speaking, these laces are one of the best, but still a far cry from getting to where they should be.
Finally, David’s shoe seems to be the last one standing without corrected boost nipples. I think his time is limited without correcting those. Everyone else is doing and he needs to as well.