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10 Common Projects Alternatives Every Man Needs to Know

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Clean white sneakers from Common Projects have become a staple in the fashion community thanks to the quality construction and the iconic nature of the product. But if you don't mind having something less recognizable, you can skip the gold serial number and save some serious cash with one of these equally handsome alternatives:

Axel Arigato White Clean 90 Sneaker, $230 USD

This Swedish footwear brand has become a recent favorite. And though they offer a wide array of different styles ranging from classic to sartorially adventurous, they make an excellent white sneaker handmade from smooth leather with a matching rubber cup-sole and a cushioned footbed for superior arch support and comfort.

Oliver Cabell Low 1, $192 USD

Oliver Cabell has been a major player in the footwear category for a few years now, providing Italian-made options with all the style and none of the markup. In addition to clean white sneakers, they also offer distressed styles for an extra shot of cool.

JAK Royal Sneaker, $175 USD

Lisbon footwear label JAK always keeps things luxe and minimalistic with its sneakers, while at the same time remixing certain elements such as the contrasting black sole on display here. Each style is handcrafted in Portugal and arrives with both a sleek storage bag for traveling and an extra pair of laces to swap in when needed.

Onitsuka Tiger Lawnship 3.0, $110 USD

From one of the oldest shoe companies in Japan, the Lawnship 3.0 is based on a classic tennis shoe design and features leather construction and an Ortholite insole that delivers an impressive amount of comfort and cushioning.

Royal RepubliQ Dare Derby Shoe, $235 USD

Scandinavian design house Royal RepubliQ offers a very cool white sneaker with a modernized, curvy silhouette that plays into rounded shapes. "This youthful unisex shoe is designed for people who have self-confidence, charisma, and a strong personality," the brand notes.

ETQ. LT 01, $275 USD

Amsterdam-based footwear label ETQ. has been constantly improving the LT 01 silhouette since it first launched in 2010. Their latest is cut from the best version of leather available, with no metal chemicals used in processing the hide, and is finished with a microfibre lining and a memory foam insole with moisture management for added comfort and wearability. They also offer a replenishment service with free laces whenever needed.

GREATS Royale Blanco, $179 USD

GREATS has you covered with all types of footwear, from sneakers to slippers. But their best seller – and their first release, ever – is the Royale Blanco. Handcrafted from Italian leather with responsible and sustainable practices in mind, it's outfitted with 100% waxed cotton laces along with a breathable soft leather footbed that'll never "swamp up" on you when going sockless. They also offer a 100% vegan leather alternative

SeaVees Legend Sneaker, $75 USD

This design from SeaVees, first introduced in 1964, is far from a Common Projects-inspired design but delivers a similar spirit through its cotton canvas design and minimalist vibe. It's also the most affordable answer on our list if you're operating on a tight budget.

North-89 No-1, $255 USD

Scandinavian footwear label North-89 makes a sleek and sophisticated sneaker the right way, opting for an unbeatably soft Italian Napa Batida leather upper paired with a thinner, lighter Italian Margom cup sole. In addition to the all-white look, they also offer waterproof variants in a mix of colors.

Ascot X Charlie Lione Sneakers, $300 USD

Parisian label Ascot X Charlie offers a curated collection of minimalist sneakers, each with sporty and motoring-inspired elements that speed things more than the rest of our selections. Each pair is made from premium Nappa leather and handcrafted by expert artisans at their owned-and-operated atelier in Tuscany.