While I normally find myself regretting expensive purchases, buying a pair of Common Projects is one that I certainly do not. They are by far my favorite pair of shoes, and I use them in situations ranging from the utmost casual to the semi-formal. In my opinion, these shoes accomplish the difficult task of conveying simplicity and excruciatingly deliberate design at the same time, which makes them incredibly versatile. They are understated to the point that there is no mention of brand on the shoes (except for a serial number printed near the heel), yet somehow their shape and colors are recognizable to many. Before Common Projects released their first and most famous shoes in the early 2000s, sneaker fans and luxury fashion consumers were seen as distinctly separate groups, but their commercial success has led to a proliferation of luxury sneaker products and imitators at both lower and higher price points.