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I have long been a fan of Common Projects, and it took me a while to finally indulge because but I had some issues with their slim Euro widths and appearance. I loved the simplicity, but they just reminded me too much of the Italian guys (the ones vacationing from Italy) that would walk up and down Broadway with arms full of expensive shopping bags in their form fitting Pumas or Diesel sneakers. You cannot go from rocking a bulky pair of Clae Russells or even Visvims, to these super slender Italian jobs. But finally, I gave in… after I saw they made one of my favorite cuts… a Chukka (see Vans). This will be the first of a few different Common Projects Road Tests.
The simplicity is so refreshing, and works so well with my Refine in 09 personal strategy. And although I had not owned an Italian pair of shoes in awhile, I was quickly reminded of what my Dad always told me… the Italians do it best. Yes, even better than Nike ;-) You would expect some sort of noticeable wear in the waxed suede, but it always looks brand new. I mean… I would not wear in the rain or anything, but there is no doubt, these shoes are a great value. They are slim. Maybe they will inspire me to lose some weight. I am trying to get down to my fighting weight of 120 lbs.
These are perfect for the office, for big city commutes and even for Sunday brunch if you are into that sort of thing. I am not really that into brunch, but I think these would work out well at a brunch. Go get a pair and let me know what you think.