Common Projects founders Prathan Poopat and Flavio Girolami started their New York-based sneaker collection in 2004. Combining the street sensibility of American sneaker culture with the hand-stitched quality of Italian construction, the brand proposes a hybrid of casual and polished styles adapted to today’s creative lifestyle. Find below the best men’s Common Projects trainers available currently.
The brand’s look is as modern as its origins: the founders, respectively an art director and creative consultant, designed the original Achilles sneaker from two different continents. Branded only with a gold numeric stamp at each style’s heel displaying its style code, size, and colour, Common Projects’ minimalist yet timeless men’s high tops, low tops, boots, slip-ons, and derby’s are eclectically suited to formalwear and streetwear alike.
The Common Projects collection forefronts understated design, clean lines and minimal detailing. Muted colours and fine leathers combine in timeless pieces, while contemporary twists update traditional shapes. The label’s motif of stamping a model number on each shoe ensures that each piece in the range is distinctive.
Drawing on inspiration from the fundamental architecture of everyday objects, the brand’s sleek, clean-lined aesthetic has given birth to one of the most iconic sneakers of the modern era – the Original Achilles Low. Which is easily identifiable by its discreet utilitarian design, high-quality craftsmanship.
Common Projects have become synonymous with quiet, clean, understated sneakers. It’s a coup they pulled off by designing shoes that both elevate and pay homage to familiar silhouettes, stripping away the details to let the pared-down shapes speak for themselves. A multitude of brands have used the Common Projects trainer silhouette as inspiration for their own minimalist trainers however it is Common Projects who remain the original and arguably the best.
All Common Project shoes (men’s and women’s styles) are made in an Italian footwear factory in the Marche region of Italy, which made only leather dress shoes before Common Projects asked it to manufacture sneakers, according to Business of Fashion. The trainers now typically retail for around £290 are are stocked by over 200 retailers worldwide.
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