Still the ultimate white trainer?

In the age of the sweat-shop produced disposable sneaker, it's always good to be reminded of what this much-maligned footwear category is capable of when shown a little more respect - as we were when this pair of Common Projects Achilles Lows landed in the office this week.

The people behind the brand - Prathan Poopat and Flavio Girolami - have previously referred to the CP philosophy as the quest for the perfect sneaker. After trying them on, we reckon they've come pretty close.

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Aside from the simplicity of the design, you can instantly tell these are no ordinary high street pair - made in Italy from the best leathers and materials, they're also hand-stitched as opposed to vulcanized. The fact that they will age well and ultimately last much longer than an average pair may help soften the blow of the £160 price tag. Maybe.

Available online at Oki-Ni and at Poste (10A South Molton Street, London; 44 20 7499 8002)