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After a year’s wait, Crossover Culture has finally launched their next season for their on-court line-up.
The new sole for the Crossover Culture Fortune LP was rather forthcoming. Expecting a refined pattern and tread for the sole, that’s exactly what we have received here.
Sporting a multi-directional, modified herringbone sole, this 90% opacity translucent sole grabbed all court surfaces and conditions whether I was indoors or outdoors. Dust or no dust, these grabbed, and they grabbed hard. A huge improvement from its predecessor, wiping was a minimal issue, only every few plays. The rubber compound here is better in the new Fortune’s, than its previous season model.
The Crossover Culture logo at the right ball of the foot also has traction on it this time around. An original gripe we had told the brand with the original Fortune’s, and they executed upon the issue and put traction there. They gave an aesthetic piece some actual function, while still maintaining its purpose in grabbing the floor, and showcasing the brand’s logo. In addition, they also changed the pods at the side of the forefoot to herringbone, adding additional coverage, from the tight lines that was on its predecessor model.
I was pleasantly surprised to see Crossover Culture tweaked the issue we had with the logo at the ball of the forefoot, and this time around, the rubber compound actually grabbed the floor consistently. In addition, the LP Foam energy system and Wishbone Suspension system is back, and its better than its predecessor. The “Wishbone Suspension” system is a TPU plate beneath your foot, encased in LP Foam.
Providing me with a nice rebound back into my step, it still also maintained its responsive feature to it. You actually sit within the LP Foam midsole, meaning the foam rises up on the medial and lateral sides of the shoe, thus you’re not sitting directly atop the foam midsole. This is a major plus because the foam is soft, yet responsive, and still maintains that court feel that everbody likes. Impact protection was there, despite not being anything premier, it was still an ample amount for your average Joe.
Knit is used here and it’s in full-effect. From heel to toe, it’s all knit, but there’s still quite a bit of fuse used from the midfoot to heel for containment. This time around we have a more “bubbly” fitting knit. It doesn’t feel as premium or stretchy as its predecessor, but it definitely got the job done; especially for $110 bucks. Lightweight, forgiving, and supportive is what I have to say regarding the knit. The fuse is there at the mudguard, medially and laterally, and additional thick overlays make up the medial and lateral midfoot, and heel.
The fuse could have been strategically placed, instead of just slapped right onto the midfoot in a thick slab. Nonetheless, the fuse, and the sock-liner, fused wings did a great job in containing my foot, and making sure it didn’t slide out of the footbed on any harsh cuts or lateral movements.
I much more prefer raw materials than fuse, but $110 isn’t bad for this quality. The fuse is thick at the midfoot, and is just there to do its job. With the midsole already being a bit chunky in weight, the fuse just adds on to it, and it’s a bit unnecessary. Otherwise, a standard lacing enclosure is in full effect, in tandem with, this time around, a semi-independent spandex inner bootie sleeve, that is only attached to the rear heel pull tab. Lockdown was phenomenal, and they even added more sculpture and achilles pillows at the heel this time around, to fix the heel slip issue I had minimally in the predecessor model. There are four additional lockdown cables at the top where the laces start that did a good job of containing my midfoot. Go down a half size, as I am a 9.5, and was sent a 9 by Crossover Culture, and the fit still has a bit of room at the forefoot.
Solid job by Crossover Culture on their well-rounded, and newly refined line-up. The new Fortune LP certainly improved the minimal gripes I had with its predecessor release in 2018, and I’m pleased to see Crossover Culture took our critique into account into refining their footwear. On-court performance was premier, and definitely very well-rounded for $110 bucks. Should you cop? Yes. Are these going to be in my rotation? Yeah, easily. Thank you to Ryan Duke and the Crossover Culture Team for sending these out, and I am looking forward to see what else the crew has in store for their next wave of releases.