Test Shoot: Newline HALO x Vibram x Brandblack BladeRunner Boot

The Brandblack BladeRunner Boot was an honorable mention in my Top 5 Sneaker of 2017 list because it’s a boot — a very special boot.

As I said in that list, the future of boots may look a lot like the Brandblack BladeRunner. The boot is a mixture of an interior knit construction and water-resistant nubuck/suede that makes for an extremely lightweight upper.

The BladeRunner Boot required three parties: Vibram, an Italian outsole maker, Newline HALO, a collaboration between international sports brand Newline and designers Rasmus Storm and Malkit Singh, and Brandblack, a Los Angeles company that creates modern sportswear and footwear.

Together, those companies have created a very unique boot. The BladeRunner doesn’t feel like any other boot I’ve worn, and it’s mainly due to the knit and tooling.

The knit makes for an integrated, nearly one-piece upper that is so much less bulky than a Timberland, Merrell, or Keen boot. And the Vibram RGS Hiker outsole uses the brand’s RollinGait system that makes transition excellent. Strides became quick and seamless in this boot, which was a surprise for someone like myself who always chooses to wear sneakers instead of a boot.

The tooling is firm, and the genuine leather insole may not offer enough cushioning for everyone. I added a thick OrthoLite insole to my pair and that helped with shock absorption.

You can pick up the Newline HALO x Vibram x Brandblack BladeRunner Boot at Brandblack.com for $200 (select sizes remain, more sizes are available at European retailers like Storm Copenhagen).

Let us know what you think about the BladeRunner Boot in the comments below.

Newline HALO x Vibram x Brandblack BladeRunner Boot 4

Newline HALO x Vibram x Brandblack BladeRunner Boot 3

Newline HALO x Vibram x Brandblack BladeRunner Boot 15

Newline HALO x Vibram x Brandblack BladeRunner Boot 14

Newline HALO x Vibram x Brandblack BladeRunner Boot 12

Newline HALO x Vibram x Brandblack BladeRunner Boot 7

Newline HALO x Vibram x Brandblack BladeRunner Boot 9

Newline HALO x Vibram x Brandblack BladeRunner Boot 11

Newline HALO x Vibram x Brandblack BladeRunner Boot 5

Newline HALO x Vibram x Brandblack BladeRunner Boot 13

Newline HALO x Vibram x Brandblack BladeRunner Boot 6

Newline HALO x Vibram x Brandblack BladeRunner Boot 2

 

Modeling by Isaac Goldowitz. Photography, post-production, and words by Noah Goldowitz.

Exclusively for WearTesters. Some rights reserved.

Special thanks to Brandblack.

9 Comments

  1. It’s really a fascinating design that kinda sits in a niche of it’s own, collaboration and all. Gem in their latest stuff. I’m just in Cali so I can’t see myself wearing it, but when it comes to being a boot with more urban usage in mind, I probably would’ve been looking for it.

    1. I think that you can definitely rock these in Cali — Brandblack is based out there! Like I said, they aren’t too heavy so it wouldn’t be like rocking Timbs in LA haha

    1. Definitely durable enough for trail hikes — I got a 10.5 (I’m a 10-10.5) and it’s a bit roomy, the way I like my boots. I’d say TTS, there’s enough width for widefooters.

  2. Are there any international sites that stock these? Are the upcoming mil spec boots the same shoe but in a different colourway?

    1. Yes, check storm Copenhagen and the Brandblack IG page (@brandblack) for additional retailers. This boot rides atop the RGS Hiker outsole, the upcoming boot Brandblack is doing rides atop the same tooling as the Brandblack Aura (the Vibram RGS, no hiker outsole).

  3. I just got a pair of this boots, I get the sense they will be great for ny weather on dry days /lightrain , hiking and everyday walking. They seem light and strong at the same time which is a plus.

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