Growing up w/ football, black trainers w/ gum soles will always be sambas. Of course cp's have interpreted it in their own way, but there's simply no denying it that Sambas (german army sneakers, a derivation of samba) was the inspiration behind this.
Does it seem to anyone else, that CP keeps trying all these new designs, getting further away from their initial concept of a clean, comfortable, classy, understated sneaker, in an effort to justify their ever rising price tag?
Though some of their new designs have been hits, most have failed (at least amongst the SF crowd).
Give me the original Achilles at the original price point, and I'd be a customer for life!
The sole looks lower profile, perhaps it's a mould from their women's versions that are coming out. I like the white ones, will probably buy. White shoes with gum soles are emminently wearable, easier to pull off than black shoes/white soles, IMO.