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The Official Common Projects Thread

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by InHocSignio, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. bry2000

    bry2000 Well-Known Member

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    I am TTS in both CP original achilles and MMM GATs. The CP vintage achillies run bigger so I would have to size down in those.
     
  2. pantheist

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    That post was sponsored by Summer's Eve.
     
  3. whorishconsumer

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    I actually spoke to US Customs about this exact matter when I was looking to order from Frans Boone awhile back. Their response:

    "In your case, the product consist of shoes with a leather upper and a rubber/plastic outer sole. Your product is classified under 6403.99.6075 with a duty rate of 8.5%. If the value of your product is $300 USD then the estimated duty will be $25.50. This an estimated amount of what UPS will charge you for custom fees."

    The degree of specificity speaks to how tedious trade law must be.

    I ended up ordering from Tres Bien and they tend to value items lower so you don't get hit with customs, so I can't say what the customs from Frans Boone would have been. However, I recently ordered a pair from Kafka (UK) valued at about $240 and got hit with a $56 customs bill from UPS.

    In my experience, having the store value the product below $200 (as Tres Bien does) seems to do the trick. I just ordered another pair from Kafka valued at about the same amount and this time they valued it at ~$70 = no customs (yet, at least).
     
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  4. Death24xASecond

    Death24xASecond Well-Known Member

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    Much love for this--it's exactly the information I wanted. I looked at Tres Bien but their selection is rather low. Not sure if it's a bad time to be looking or whatever, but Frans Boone always seems to have plenty of inventory, and in the crucial size 39 which is what I need. I'll look at Kafka as well. Any idea why they valued it at $70?

    Frans Boone claims I would pay around $280-290 ex VAT/EU fees. If I'm hit with $25-$50 that isn't too bad, I guess. Certainly better than the ridiculous $400+ in the US.
     
  5. whorishconsumer

    whorishconsumer Well-Known Member

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    Kafka changed the valuation at my request. However, note it's my second pair purchased through them - they may not be amenable to doing this with everyone.

    If you order from Frans Boone then yea, I'd anticipate a $50 customs fee to be safe. Tres Bien's the only place I know where I've never been hit with fees (without asking for undervaluation).

    Just be sure that you have an idea of the fit you're getting - as I'm sure you've read, there's a huge variance in sizing for CPs. I'm actually fixin' to post about my fit experience with the 8 pairs I've had at varying time, once I receive my Achilles.
     
  6. whorishconsumer

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    Actually, check out Nitty Gritty Store - they may be willing to work with you on customs, if you ask.
     
  7. bry2000

    bry2000 Well-Known Member

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    Anyone wear the CP Cadets?. I can't decide whether they are a cool casual lace-up or are neither here nor there. There are lots of derby shoes out there so just wanted to get a few opinions. Thanks.
     
  8. orlylow

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    Anyone have any experience using other brands insoles for your CPs? If so, what brand? For the achilles.
     
  9. whorishconsumer

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    I use Superfeet's Delux Dress 3/4 for my tournament lows because they offer no arch support. It's improved the fit and made them comfortable where they were not before. I'll be using them in my Achilles when I get them.

    I also just got the Superfeet Greens for my retro lows. Again, because they lack arch support, but also because they run large and I needed to fill volume.

    In both cases I'm stacking insoles. If you're not looking to fill volume I'd recommend taking the stock insoles out.
     
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  10. Death24xASecond

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    Yeah I am wary about CP sizing. I'm a US 7.5 and take EU 39-40 depending on the type of shoe. But I really envision wearing the Achilles lows--which is what I'm after--in summer with shorts and no-show socks, so it needs to be a snug fit. Feet width seems to be the real problem for a lot of people, but I have slim-to-normal width so I'm betting on 39. And thanks for the Nitty Gritty mention, hadn't heard of that before but will check out.

    Edit: If you already have experience with Achilles do please post a bit about it.
     
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  11. whorishconsumer

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    I had a pair of Achilles lows in patent leather back in 2009, but given that models change over time I can't say that experience is representative of their current sizing.

    I receive my pair of OG Achilles this week, so I'll post a comparison with the other models I've owned.
     
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  12. leeba

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    Anybody have experience with the colored leathers? Light grey, caramel brown, dark grey, etc. These are lamb, right? They're insanely soft/nice when new (at least the ones I've handled), very covetable, but how do they wear? The few used ones I've seen on grilled/etc all tend to look pretty badly worn in (lost shape, wrinkles/creases, in general just looking pretty old) - definitely more than the calf white achilles. I'm all for beat up sneakers/clothes in certain situations...but that's not what I personally want out of these colored leather CPs. So...experiences?
     
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  13. ChronBong

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    did u get them yet?
     
  14. Denimsuede

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    does anyone have the limited edition achilles? How's the leather quality? I like the pebble texture but is it really deer leather though?
     
  15. Steel28

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    Fit is perfect for Chelsea in 42. A touch too long vs my lows but no way I would want to size down.
     
  16. ChronBong

    ChronBong Well-Known Member

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    ok good to know.
     
  17. ambyance

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    has anyone tried wearing cp bballs with insoles? how is it?
     
  18. whorishconsumer

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    I'll let someone else chime in regarding that specific model, but unless you have flat feet I think adding an insole is a good idea. I user Superfeet insoles personally.

    If you're looking to fill volume you can stack the insoles. That being said - and I'm revising my comment from yesterday - I'm not sure filling volume should be the primary purpose of insoles, as stretch is inevitable. In fact, by forcing your foot to spend more time cozying up the walls of the shoe I feel you exacerbate this problem. Additionally, at least with more potentially-bulbous models, you're defeating the aesthetic of CPs, which is generally a low-to-the-ground profile.

    I have some Achilles Retros that are just a touch too big and while stacking insoles helped fill in the volume, simply replacing the stock insole with my Superfeet one has proven a better option, as it keeps my foot stabilized while better preserving the aesthetic and (hopefully) limiting stretch.

    As an aside I'll mention I'm selling a brand new pair of BBall Lows in White in a size 45 in the marketplace for $300.

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  19. masshi

    masshi Well-Known Member

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    does anybody else's cp's crease right onto their big toe (it happens on my left shoe) in a sharp way?

    i remember the first time i wore my vintage highs (they're white, so i'm assuming they're calf) that they actually broke skin despite my wearing thick-ish socks


    they've since been broken in a bit and are more tolerable, but they still crease right into my toe and it's something i'm always conscious of

    you guys think it'll eventually go away with a lot more wear (don't wear them that much cause of the aforementioned problem, but i want to cause i think they'll look really good beaten in)?
     
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  20. wurlwyde

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    It sounds like they're too small.
     

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