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EXCLUSIVE: Common Projects Makes More New Classics for Fall ’14

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cp1cp2It’s only been around for 10 years, but Common Projects can already take credit for one classic design—the inimitable Achilles model—and for building a brand that is now synonymous with quality luxury sneakers.

Founded in 2004, Common Projects is the collective effort of designers Prathan Poopat and Flavio Girolami. For those who have ever worn or tried on a pair, there is no other option when it comes to high-quality sneakers. Comfortable, sturdy, and distinctively understated, the brand’s cult following is well deserved.

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If there’s a secret to their success, it’s simply good taste and quality. “We produce in Italy, and that doesn’t hurt,” says Poopat. “We make what we would like to wear and that’s something usually pretty classic. We’re not so interested in creating the hot new thing and in fact prefer to make something that looks like it’s always been there.”

For the men’s Fall 2014 line, seen here first, rich, earthy-colored leather and suede make up most of the collection, with a few added pops, like the wool camo. Best of the bunch is still the Achilles, now available in low-, mid- and high-cut styles. Fall-appropriate boots will definitely be fan favorites, especially the brown Chelsea boot.

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When understated style is the currency you trade on, consistency is of utmost importance. “In some ways we’ve really evolved, and in others we’re exactly the same,” says Girolami. “Starting with just two models, we have now grown to have over 50 styles a season between men’s and women’s. Apart from that, we are still a small independent company, and our process and execution have largely remained the same. We evolve when we need to, and that keeps things real for us.”

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Visit commonprojects.com for more information.

EXCLUSIVE: A First Look at the Nike Mercurial Superfly HTM in Volt

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If you’ve been watching the World Cup carefully, you may recognize this sneaker as a version of the Nike Mercurial Superfly boot many players have been wearing on the pitch. Well, Nike’s A-list design brain trust composed of CEO Mark Parker, designer wizard and Air Jordan maestro Tinker Hatfield, and Japanese design superstar Hiroshi Fujiwara have made it street-safe by giving the boot’s Flyknit upper the Free sole treatment. The trio, also known as HTM, are known for creating some of the most innovative, coveted sneakers Nike makes. This one is no exception. “HTM is a creative outlet for me to continue to explore new concepts in design,” Parker told Style.com. The electric Volt colorway, debuting exclusively here, is the second iteration of this particular concept, which flips Nike’s top-level performance features into a fashion-forward context. Get ready for the release on Saturday if you want a pair, because they’ll be gone in a flash.

Nike’s Mercurial Superfly HTM in Volt goes on sale July 12 at global NikeLab retail locations and on nike.com/nikelab.

Photo: Courtesy of Nike

Editor Obsessions: Common Projects Achilles Sneakers

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cpsEvery day, Style.com’s editors reveal their current obsessions—and where to buy them. Check out today’s pick, below.

These are such a no-brainer, I hesitate to even put into words why they’re so necessary right now. Just like we need food and sleep and coffee to survive, we need crispy white Italian-made luxury sneakers or life is just not worth getting out of bed for. Look no further than Common Projects—there’s a reason why they’re the go-to for true menswear bosses around the world. You can literally wear them with anything (or nothing—summer!), so that cost-per-wear ratio undoubtedly works in your favor. The only problem is that CPs can quickly become an expensive habit, so good luck limiting yourself to just one pair.

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Common Projects Achilles sneakers, $410, Buy it now

Photo: Courtesy MrPorter.com

Is New Balance Really Suing Karl Lagerfeld?

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Karl Lagerfeld is being sued by New Balance over a pair of “confusing” kicks, according to TMZ. The sneaker giant claims that Lagerfeld’s black-and-white leather, suede, and mesh sneaker (complete with “K” block letters) is a blatant copy of a classic New Balance design. (Lagerfeld’s shoe is available for $360 at Net-a-Porter, if you’re interested.) It seems New Balance is being a bit sensitive here. Not only has Lagerfeld designed fashion sneakers for years (most notably for Chanel), but the man has built a career on taking an irreverent approach to luxury fashion. These shoes aren’t a copy—they’re simply an appropriation of a classic, decidedly unglamorous shoe. It’s an homage, not a knockoff. And really, who sues the Kaiser? The debacle brings to mind Jeremy Scott’s debut collection for Moschino, which featured a prominent McDonald’s motif. There was no legal squabble over Scott’s Happy Meal handbags, nor did Nickelodeon and Hershey lawyer-up about his SpongeBob sweaters and candy-wrapper gowns. With that, we rest our case.

Photo: Net-a-Porter.com, NewBalance.com

EXCLUSIVE: A First Look at the New Puma x Ronnie Fieg Collab for Dover Street Market

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Ronnie Fieg has made a name for himself as a guru of sneaker collaborations. His remixes of classic designs from brands like Asics and New Balance send streetwear kids into hype-fueled frenzies, regularly creating block-long lineups at his shop, Kith in New York, and instantly selling out online. Among his most coveted collaborators: Dover Street Market. His latest, releasing at DSM and Kith stores later this month, is the Puma XT-2 “Achromatic,” an aptly named retro runner that features no color and no branding, just a premium black-and-white Italian glove leather uppers with a supple calfskin lining and quilted detailing.

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“Removing all branding is daring and risky, but the opportunity to sell product based on quality alone is very rewarding,” Fieg told Style.com. “When the consumer purchases this product, they are not paying for the branding, they are paying for the most luxurious upper ever constructed on a trainer.” A bold claim, one we’ll have to wait with everyone else for release day to confirm.