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Best Common Projects Alternatives in 2019


Common Projects Original Achilles has been the most sought-after white sneakers since its first release in 2004. With its sleek silhouette and no-frills design, Common Projects basically set the standard for the minimalist white sneakers.

However, its high price tag really puts a lot of people off. If you are looking for Common Project alternatives, the good news is I've already done the hard work for you.

Here's my handpicked list of the best Common Projects alternatives in 2019.

Zespa ZSP4

Zespa ZSP4

Zespa ZSP4

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Made of full-grain calf Nappa from Italy and a premium quality gum outsole, it's one of the best Common Project alternatives with comparable quality at an affordable price.

My only complaint is that it's not as sleek as Common Projects. But given it's almost half the price of Common Projects during sales, I am happy to accept that minor difference.

If you want to know more about Zespa ZSP4, please check out my Zespa ZSP4 review.

Grenson Sneaker 1

Grenson Sneaker 1

Grenson Sneaker 1

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With a history of over 150 years, Grenson is a UK-based shoemaker that is known for its high level of craftsmanship. The brand leveraged its expertise in leather shoemaking and started offering minimalist leather sneakers in 2018.

Grenson Sneaker 1 is in many ways similar to Common Projects Achilles. Both come with ultra-clean designs, calfskin leather uppers, and Margom soles, but Grenson Sneaker 1 is only half the price of Common Projects Achilles.

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Sneaker

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Sneaker

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Sneaker

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Although the brand has a Japanese word in it, Axel Arigato is actually a Swedish brand founded by Albin Johansson and Max Svardh.

Equipped with extra leather in the heel, cushioned footbed, and arch support, Axel Arigato Clean 90 Sneaker perfectly demonstrates Axel Arigato's attention to design.

Handcrafted in Portugal with Italian leather uppers, the quality of material and craftsmanship of Axel Arigato Clean 90 Sneaker is on par with Common Projects Achilles yet at a fraction of the price.

Magnanni Boltan Low Sneaker

Magnanni Boltan Low Sneaker

Magnanni Boltan Low Sneaker

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Started as a small shoemakers' workshop in Almansa, Spain by Sebastian Blanco Aldomar in 1954, Magnanni has now grown to a business with over 200 artisans while still offering premium handcrafted shoes today.

The Boltan Low Leather Sneaker is made of full-grain calf leather and rubber cup sole and features a padded collar and lace-up vamp. While the quality of leather and construction matches Common Project Achilles, it lacks the slim profile that Common Projects Achilles has.

ETQ. Low Top 1 Sneaker

ETQ. Low Top 1 Sneaker

ETQ. Low Top 1 Sneaker

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Founded in 2010, ETQ Amsterdam is a Dutch footwear brand with modern minimalist design. Like Common Projects Achilles, ETQ. Low Top 1 Sneaker is crafted from premium Nappa leather finished with a rubber cup sole.

Tiger of Sweden White Salas Sneaker

Tiger of Sweden White Salas Sneaker

Tiger of Sweden White Salas Sneaker

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Tiger of Sweden is another Swedish fashion brand founded in 1903. Made in Portugal, the White Salas Sneaker is made of calf leather interior and a rubber outsole.


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