Authentic VS Fake: Common Project Achilles Low

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Last Updated on January 9, 2024 by Ch David

Looking to learn how to spot fake Common Projects shoes?

This is the place to be in.

Our tutorial applies to any colorway and model Common Projects sneakers. Compare yours to our real vs fake pictures and set the verdict.

How to spot fake Common Projects shoes

The #1 way to spot fake Common Projects shoes is to check the insole. Fakes may have the print really faded soon after wearing — or the text is either too thick or thin.

Let’s go into detail.

1. Insole

Common Projects Achilles Insole
  • Authentic: All letters have the same font-weight.
  • Fake: “MADE IN ITALY” is too thin, but the “M” is so thick it’s illegible.

Too difficult? Let our team of expert Common Projects authenticators take a look at your shoes:

2. Midsole

Common Projects Achilles Midsole
  • Authentic: Every stitch is in its place, deep into the fabric.
  • Fake: Threads coming out of the midsole.

3. Model Number

Here’s how you read the model number:

  • First four digits: Style or model of the shoes
  • Second two digits: European shoe size
  • Last four digits: Color code
Common Projects Achilles Serial Number

Now, the flaws on the fake shoes:

  • Authentic: Thicker, more solid inscriptions.
  • Fake: Thinner numbers.

A quick mention:

  • The steps we’ve written so far are the BEST ways to authenticate this item
  • The next few steps are still reliable methods…
  • … but they apply to non-top-versions of replicas available for this item

If in doubt, we recommend double-checking the steps we’ve explained above this line.

4. Back

Common Projects Achilles Back
  • Authentic: Subtle, less visible stitching in the middle.
  • Fake: More pronounced stitching in the middle.

5. Dust bag

Common Projects Achilles Dust Bag
  • Authentic: White dust bag, with a thinner “COMMON PROJECTS” logo.
  • Fake: More yellow-ish dust bag, with thicker text.

6. Box

Common Projects Achilles Box
  • Authentic: Thicker logo, with a narrower “O” in the word “COMMON”.
  • Fake: Thinner characters and wider “O” in “COMMON”.


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Ch Daniel and Ch David

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About the Author

David is the co-founder and co-CEO of Legit Check By Ch. David's experience: 5+ years of creating educational content in the fashion industry. 6+ years of authenticating luxury items. Currently, David is the Head Editor of the LCBC Library, where 1,000,000+ words have been published, in free guides, for over 1,000 items.
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