‘Classic’ or ‘original’ examples of design, be it in the form of architecture, automotive or clothing, are united through one common theme: simplicity.

In 2004, the founders of Common Projects, Prathan Poopat and Flavio Girolami, decided to explore the art of simplicity. Staying true to tradition, the pair stripped back the trainer to its purest form in pursuit of creating the perfect pair. The result; a sleek, minimal, high-quality sneaker – titled as the Original Achilles Low. Quite simply, if you are yet to own a pair – buy a pair.  Preserve them, as not only will they become a sure found favourite in your current collection, but they will also become a cult classic for years to come – and here’s why.

Common Projects has grown to incorporate a range of colourwys and silhouettes into their contemporary collection of minimal sneakers, most noticeably the new Yellow and Three Strap Achilles Silhouette, yet the White Original Achilles Low continues to be brand's most iconic style. After all, there is something so appealing about the clean, understated aesthetic of all-white sneakers.

Defined by its subtle styling and minimal silhouette, the White Original Achilles Low Sneaker is entirely made in Italy – a sign of luxury in itself. The sneaker’s premium leather uppers are expertly stitched to white rubber soles with a full leather lining and comfortable insoles. Delicately refined with the trademark Common Projects gold brand stamp on the heel- which displays the the shoe’s individual style and size.

Courtesy of the sneaker resurgence, there is now no limits when it comes to lacing up. Be it with a turn up trouser, jean or short – the White Achilles Low will provide a sophisticated focal point to any outfit. In terms of seasonal inspiration, wear with rolled-up selvedge denim jeans and a lightweight knit – as displayed in Edit #32 – Scandinavian Staples.

But, before you purchase your favourite pair of Common Projects – be sure to check out our Common Projects Sizing Guide to find the style, shape and size to suit you.

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