For a little over a year now I have been lusting over Common Projects. From their sneakers to Chelsea Boots everything they make turns to gold. The flawless design and perfect silhouette of the Achilles low has long had my attention. So finally after several months of back and forth, I finally decided to pick a pair up. Common Projects like any luxury product is something you have to see and feel in person to understand why anyone would pay $400+ for a pair of leather sneakers. Honestly, I had decided to purchase several other items on my "fashion bucket list" before picking these up but it was love at first try-on. They are some of the most comfortable and beautiful (yes, they are beautiful) shoes I have ever owned.
So, with all that being said, are they worth it? To me, yes, yes they are worth it. I have a weakness for beautifully designed products so for me it was a no brainer. But for those who are simply looking to pick-up a pair of Italian made kicks? Maybe. The Achilles sneaker like any great product has been ripped off time and time again to within an inch of being an all out Canal Street special. Brands such as M. Gemini and Greats have incredibly similar shoes with noticeably decent quality and design. While they are great options for those who aren't as elitest as myself, I would reference my friend Wilson who once told me "buy what you want". Personally, at the end of the day, those are simply knock offs to me, similar to brands such as Cole Haan who constantly knock off the designs of brands such as Gucci (see any horse-bit loafer Cole Haan has ever made). At the end of the day the CP's will last me for years and the "cost per wear" goes down significantly if you think about the amount of use you get out of them.
So to bring this post home, I would say this; if you have a well build wardrobe go for it. They are great shoes and will really be a great addition. However if you are still in the process of building your wardrobe basics hold off until you have all the basics down.