Actually no, although these design files definitely make it look like that. In reality the shoe will be more rounded and not as flat as the achilles - although any European made minimal sneaker will most likely be compared against that. The shape's going to be quite different in the final product. Like our Sport Trainer, we're trying to deliver on those classic 70's lines. Keeping my fingers crossed that we can have an actual physical sample to show you guys soon. I'm really leaning towards the snuff as a very cool alternative to the usual snuff shoe or boot. Something to wear with the white jeans or our upcoming garment dyed chinos. The suede is great quality - heads and bounds over what you'd see in a typical sneaker. Agreed on the samba connection for the gum sole. It's cool, but maybe going super minimal, all-black is better. The rear tab would be suede, so there would still be some play there.