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The Luxury Sneaker Buying Guide - Common Projects, Stan Smith, Oliver Cabell, Greats, Suit Supply ++

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Complete Guide: http://thekavalier.reviews/LuxurySneakerGuide 6:57 - Greats: http://thekavalier.reviews/great3e6ec 8:11 - Crown Northampton: http://thekavalier.reviews/CrownNorthampton Code for free cleaning kit: KAVCLEAN 6:04 - Beckett Simonon: http://thekavalier.reviews/BeckettSimononSneakers 9:09 - M. Gemi: http://thekavalier.reviews/thelua20fd $20 off first order with that link^ 6:57 - Oliver Cabell: http://thekavalier.reviews/olivercabell 5:05 - Frank and Oak: http://thekavalier.reviews/FrankandOak 6:04 - Gustin: http://j.mp/TKgustinRC5 9:09 - Ace Marks: http://thekavalier.reviews/AceMarks 2:50 - New Republic: http://thekavalier.reviews/NewRepublic Stan Smiths: http://bit.ly/2lmHqGs 10:57 - Grand Voyage: http://thekavalier.reviews/Grand-Voyage 9:09 - Koio: http://thekavalier.reviews/Koio 9:09 - Axel Arigato: http://thekavalier.reviews/Axel Tretorn: http://bit.ly/2lmHqGs Converse Jack Purcell: http://bit.ly/2lmHqGs 6:57 - SuitSupply: http://bit.ly/2J7SjCI 4:25 - Stan Smith Recon 5:40 - Onism: http://thekavalier.reviews/onismRU THEKAVALIER15 for 15% discount The question of "Are Common Projects worth it?" comes op often in menswear circles. The answer is no and this video explains why. There's also the answer to greats vs koio, koio vs common projects and more! Shirt in the video: Mizzen and Main: http://bit.ly/2cqMCCT Check out more @ http://TheKavalier.com Sign up for my future giveaways or Book Club: http://j.mp/TKmcEL My Brand Tracker: http://bit.ly/2uNfWtN The Buttoned Up Podcast - Modest Man x The Kavalier iTunes: http://apple.co/2oWTJKs Google Play: http://bit.ly/2nQ6ZiJ The Kavalier on Twitter: http://twitter.com/the_kavalier Instagram: https://instagram.com/the_kavalier/ My Family: http://ShanahanClan.org For reference, I am 6’4 usually 170lb. Typical sizes of clothing: T-shirts: S Long sleeve shirts/button downs: M Dress Shirts: 15.5 x 35 Pants: 30 x 34 Dress Shoes: 12 This video is not sponsored, I am unboxing on camera because I love the brand and want to share better menswear with the world. This video probably contains affiliate links which support the channel. Have a product you would like me to review? Comment below or email [email protected] The Kavalier is an independent review network presented by Jon Shanahan for men’s lifestyle products from online only retailers including Everlane, Beckett and Simonon, Frank and Oak, Bonobos, Five Four Club, Mizzen and Main, Trunk Club, Fashion Stork, Bombfell, threads for gents, bespoke post, Jack Erwin, Foremost Edition, Dollar Shave Club, Mack Weldon, MeUndies, Satchel and Page, Dapper Classics, Hall and Madden, Suitable, Indochino, and Gustin. Including products from companies from Casper & Leesa Mattresses, Calvin Klein, Ledbury, Burberry, Banana Republic, Charles Tyrwhitt, J Crew, Marine Layer, Stitch Fix, Barbour, Orvis, Baxter of California, and more! Suggestions for products and companies are always appreciated- Comment below
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Johann E (2 days ago)
WORST SERVICE EVER!!!!!!!  Don't buy these shoes!  After having problems with the shoes the service is not reacting on my mails for months. They just ignore me but they still have my 179$!
sak 2014#Szowa (1 day ago)
You bought all of them for 179 didn’t you?
_ Staal (3 days ago)
How is the leather on the Axel Arigato compared to the Koio's ? Can't decide which one to go for :D
_ Staal (3 days ago)
@The Kavalier Ok thanks :=)
The Kavalier (3 days ago)
Koio calfskin is more supple and nicer. Would pick those
Daniel C (5 days ago)
Common projects is luxury ?
o0usf0o (9 days ago)
Very useful! I wear white sneakers all the time so it's nice to see a comparison.
Raphael Rapi (14 days ago)
Really feel that you should update this Jon!
Ting Chang (15 days ago)
Do the Greats Royale still come with a margom sole? If not, are they still considered a good value? Thanks for the great video.
New Patriot. (16 days ago)
Velasca of Italy makes a great product in this category. https://www.velasca.com/collections/sneakers
Frankie (17 days ago)
Super helpful.
Aizen Sousuke (18 days ago)
Most sneakers are made in china for a few dollars. They’re not like dress shoes that can last years. Worst fashion lately is the white sneakers everyone wears lmao
Yip Gary (18 days ago)
will you review zespa? thanks
Roberto 1230 (25 days ago)
What about Cole Haan Grand pro tennis?
Refugio Flores (28 days ago)
a 400 dollar pair of shoes wont last you more than a 40 dollar pair. and they will get dirty the same! but u can buy more cheap pairs instead of believing you can keep a 400 dollar pair clean for 7 years? lol
Torel (1 month ago)
Koio is my fav
Food. Health. Fit. (1 month ago)
Have you tried out the cole haan grandpro tennis sneaker? Curious how they would compare in comfort since they apparently have Nike soles
Food. Health. Fit. (1 month ago)
Your videos offer insane value, thanks man
Sean Dooley (1 month ago)
Jon, how is this review impacted by Greats no longer using Margom?
Jhonnatan R (1 month ago)
Has anyone tested the quality of M. Gemi sneakers? 👟
Jhonnatan R (1 month ago)
Thanks for the reply, finally pulled the trigger on them.
The Kavalier (1 month ago)
They’re great. In my followup video on channel as well
Johann E (1 month ago)
Oliver Cabell WORST SERVICE EVER!!!!!!!  Don't buy these shoes!  After having problems with the shoes the service is not reacting on my mails for months. They just ignore me but they still have my 179$!
PaperTonne (1 month ago)
How can you afford all of these shoes? In my view, this video definitely deserves to be monetized...
Kevin Miller (1 month ago)
Thanks for the break down of all these sneakers. I think I’m going to go with the Greats brand just cause of overall quality, style and colors available. I’m a sneaker head and usually buys Jordan’s and Nike but when buying quality it’s obvious. Colehaan is another good alternate for me but mainly for work verse a dress sneaker. Thanks again!!!
Gerald Obien (1 month ago)
Thanks for the video. Excellent choices and explaining what’s more bang for the buck. I’m getting the Greats price point. Thanks again for the recommendations.
Patrick Iwanicki (1 month ago)
Well done!
Steven Seagal (1 month ago)
Boy don't be sleeping on those Vejas
Der Red (1 month ago)
Stan Smiths are Tennis shoes. They were actually mean to play a sport in. I get that the others are fashion shoes but they were made to just look good. And you would not want an all leather inside of a tennis shoe. It would chafe. And it wouldn't be particularly comfortable on the court. I'm not saying you're wrong or anything. I'm just saying it feels harsh to on Stan Smiths. They do what they were designed to do. Be an old school tennis shoe.
Vvs Diamondz (1 month ago)
I’m gonna go ahead and pull the trigger on the Avedons,
sumrush (1 month ago)
Gayest shoes ever
Aaron Martin (1 month ago)
I'd love to hear what you have to say about Shoeology Sullivan. They look like the Kurt from New Republic.
AmZé (29 days ago)
I just bought these as they seem to be of a better quality than the Kurt's. Surprisingly, there is little to no reviews on YouTube of their sneakers/shoes.
R3DLUFF (1 month ago)
i watched this video about half a year ago and yesterday i finally ordered a pair of white overstone derbys from crown northhampton thanks to it! my dad liked their shoes so much he got himself a navy blue overstone derby too haha. i cant wait for them to arrive, awesome video, thanks! EDIT: something to note is that as of today (26.5.2019) theyre £210 (not £195 as in the video) which is 238€ or $267, and thats without shipping. Shipping in GB is free, EU is £15 and worldwide is £25, so with shipping youre looking at 255€ in the EU or $300 in the US and everywhere else. just a little update on the price since it changed since the video was uploaded
MacMaine (1 month ago)
Has anyone tried Zespa sneakers?
Quan Vu (1 month ago)
Hi, have you finally had the chance to try in Selected Homme?
max loyd (1 month ago)
When you got the koio sneakers did it squish your pinky toes? I have that problem with sneakers . How do you deal with that?
max loyd (1 month ago)
Have you tried Paul Evans sneakers ? They look very shinny and even better than koio and common project . Can someone give me a review of them. Are they great? Better than koio?
S S (1 month ago)
Hey John, are your Koio white or beige (nuvola)? What size are they? Tks
Erik (2 months ago)
How is the leather on the Crown Northampton’s compared to the higher end sneakers like Common Projects or Koios?
The Kavalier (1 month ago)
Same caliber of leather.
Steve Fontanilla (2 months ago)
where is zespa zsp4?
blazingasn (2 months ago)
How about Buttero?
Young Suit (2 months ago)
What are the best for wide feet?
Young Suit (25 days ago)
@The Kavalier have you done a review of them before?
Young Suit (2 months ago)
@The Kavalier thanks
The Kavalier (2 months ago)
Allen Edmonds
tigermaskly (2 months ago)
Great video and very informative. But pretentiously pronouncing Adidas..Ah-dee-Dahs is fucking infuriating. I want to punch you in the throat for this.
The Kavalier (2 months ago)
It’s the proper pronunciation for a historic German brand
Michael Borzillo (2 months ago)
Great content, lots of important information. I went ahead and bought a pair of Greats after watching this.
Andrew C (2 months ago)
Bought a pair of white M Gemi Lucentes after watching your review. They look more gorgeous in person and they have awesome customer service. I emailed them about a small issue and they quickly replied with a solution that went above and beyond what I was expecting. Great recommendation bro!
The Kavalier (2 months ago)
Boom. Love to hear than Andrew!
Badral Batnyam (2 months ago)
Wtf u wear shoes without socks? Disgusting mf...
The Kavalier (2 months ago)
Shoes that naturally absorb moisture and kill odor? Yes.
aL Carmaze (2 months ago)
Could you do a review on the onism? It states on their site that they use margom soles
Surrey (2 months ago)
Great video. Not sure if I’ll go for new republic or wait a bit for greats/Oliver cabell.
Wei Han (2 months ago)
with 450 bucks why not going to a good local shoe maker and make a pair of customised white sneaker. Common project is so overhyped
The Kavalier (2 months ago)
Johnny Vichi (2 months ago)
Can we please try the Taft sneaker in white? Full grain nappa leather etc. Taft is pretty active on the reddit forum. They have tons of boots and shoes.
Chris Green (2 months ago)
Love ur style I have some nice feet
Sean Dooley (2 months ago)
Hey Jon— have you seen the royale ripstops at all? Cheers!
Jaz B (2 months ago)
lol... just go to h and M or zara and wear them for 3 months, then buy a new pair, once a shoe is worn for more 6 months they start to smell and look old, you can clean them all you like, the fact is the structure become flimsy. Don't get me wrong Common Projects shoes are the best, but the price tag?????
actnowone (2 months ago)
Interesting review, thanks 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧
Freedom's Road (2 months ago)
Can you do a full review on the onism sneakers?
Rock True Indian (2 months ago)
Is Common Projects sneakers available in India?
Mogambit Ki maa (2 months ago)
Order them from end clothing
Kyuan Kim (2 months ago)
My personal favorite is Maison Margiela Replicas. Inner lining is SO soft.
Stephen C (2 months ago)
Here's one I can't find much info on but the brand seems legit and they have a nice aesthetic: http://www.shoepassion.com/no-65-ms.html
Montgomery Kosma (2 months ago)
Hey Kav - have you checked out the Frye Essex? I love my Frye Harness boots, not sure how they are with sneakers. Link: https://www.thefryecompany.com/essex-low-d-80350
sikEyy (2 months ago)
does all of the leather crease on these shoes? primarily asking about the oliver cabells
Marcelo #803 (2 months ago)
The Adidas Hoops 2.0 look great
jeremiah mendoza (3 months ago)
Wish I could afford quality sneakers lol
Tito Xen (3 months ago)
i just got my adidas stan smith x raf with 70%disc the quality is much better that normal stan smith xD
ecoyt1 (3 months ago)
Thanks for putting all of the work into this video! This really helped me out making my decision on which pair to purchase.
Justin Firor (3 months ago)
How would you compare the ace Mark's to the greats and koios? I'm looking to buy soon and found the ace Mark's for 169. I might buy 2 pairs at that price but I really like the koios and greats. Thx
nabeel bahrawi (3 months ago)
will the grand voyage sneakers last or are they not durable
Terence Tam (3 months ago)
Great video, keep it up!
Ali Dean (3 months ago)
What are your thoughts on Bruno Magli and Paul Smith leather sneakers?
James Murray (3 months ago)
How can you tell if a sneaker has a Margom sole?
The Kavalier (3 months ago)
Most brands will list that in their materials because it's a name brand of sole. in person you can find a "M" logo somewhere near the center of the sole
Alex Ortiz (3 months ago)
Ok I now own Greats, M.gemi, jaks (Portuguese), Koio, Beckett Sim. My favorite for comfort and build quality are the GREATS. Koio Capri has slightly more quality but IMO not as comfortable. I officially do not think its a stretch to pay more for the hand painted edges and softer leather. P.S for CP silhouette replication Koio does a good job.
nikhilsrl (3 months ago)
except for Raf Simmons, thanks Adidas ;) that's a cool one.
Drew Robinson (3 months ago)
I just want to be friends with you
Rabarberellum 101 (3 months ago)
The Horween x Adidas Stan Smith collab made a great shoe.
Freco1967 (3 months ago)
Wonderful, comprehensive sneaker review. A word of warning about buying sneakers from like the Crown Northampton from overseas...you better be darn sure you're going to keep the shoes by trying on someone's pair if possible, as return shipping charges will smack you in the face. Upwards of $100!
Elliott Temkin (3 months ago)
Great video! I've got some appreciable bunions -- any of these a little wider than others?
Eden Reyes (3 months ago)
I see that your complete guide is still under construction. I recently came across To Boot New York's Carlin sneaker which you should def check out. I'm assuming that you're still working on the guide and thought I'd add another option that seems to be somewhat unknown. Thanks for the advice!
Greg T (3 months ago)
Good round up. My requirement for sneakers, luxury or not, is structural support. Too many reviews focus on looks (minimalist) and type of leather. For me, no arch support, no deal. It would be good to know which of the sneakers you reviewed has arch support or other structure for actual walking.
Jaden Wootton (3 months ago)
I have the New Republic Kurt’s and they’re amazing. I wear them so often and oof you take care of them and keep them clean they’ll last you a good few year
Lucas Poole (3 months ago)
I’ve been watching your videos for ages but had no idea you were a fellow Tim!
Pernection (3 months ago)
I bought UAS leather sneakers at outlet prices. Both high and low tops.
anonymous potatoes (3 months ago)
I love the honest review 😂
The Kavalier (3 months ago)
Thanks potatoes
ERICK SF (3 months ago)
Alan Macias (3 months ago)
Have you checked out Viberg’s deck shoe? It’s priced similarly to the Common Projects, and they seem amazingly well built.
Siu On Lui (3 months ago)
got a pair of new republic. love it. think it is the best trade off between price and quality. i'll be happy if it can last for more than 2yrs cuz i got a huge scratch on my first stan smith the first week i got it.
Tinyten (3 months ago)
Love your vids. Just stumbled upon you a few days ago. And subbed right away. Regarding white tennis sneakers. Do you know veja? They have the esplar which is at the price point of a Stan Smith, but made with fair working contracts and the sole is made of natural products, no plastic. Also.. You pronounced Adidas right at the beginning of the video. It's Adidas not Adeedas. Not that it matters, but I just thought I'll let you know. ;) Greetings from Germany
Andres S (3 months ago)
Dammm I am very impressed with the higher vocabulary and terminology you used like not kidding you used in this video alone like 5 words from my micro econ class.
The Kavalier (3 months ago)
lil Mozi (3 months ago)
Common projects, on the website they have a sale section, they sell shoes for 205$!!!
The Kavalier (3 months ago)
Great deal!
Charlotte (3 months ago)
will u try Veja?
hypebeast hank (3 months ago)
i hope you don't wear these shoes like how you've displayed in the video!
The Kavalier (3 months ago)
Store them? Nope
Adam Stefanca (3 months ago)
Onism dont have Murgom sole ? I tought they do.
The Kavalier (3 months ago)
They might now, but not when I did the video
Yi Zhang (3 months ago)
Do u have a problem of “made in China” sneakers?! 😂
Anthony Lloyd (3 months ago)
Loved the video heck out Kurt Geiger Donnnies theyre really good for their price. i hqve tyem in white and pink. definitely goona look into the Onism
Olu Kai (3 months ago)
These shoes are more like Christopher Reeve's knives vs. Kershaw given the price point. Kershaw are the Stan Lee's of the video, CR are any of the high end ones.
Watchin-Stoof (3 months ago)
Great vid! What about people with wider feet such as myself. I struggle with sneakers and brands that fit me comfortably. I’ve heard Lanvin sneakers run larger so I may try those. Any other brands you’d recommend that are high quality and run a little wider in the forefoot area? Thanks!
max loyd (3 months ago)
Did u say koio has better quality leather than common projects ? Would you say their better shoes and a better deal ?
max loyd (3 months ago)
The Kavalier I wish I knew that so I would of bought the koio instead of the greats . 😭
The Kavalier (3 months ago)
I prefer the soft calfskin leather on Koio to the normal achilles. I'd say leather and construction is nearly identical while being about consistently cheaper.
Tewzr (3 months ago)
Have you tried Garment Project yet?
F DS (4 months ago)
I can’t decide between Oliver and M. Gemi. Help? What does one gain with the M. Gemis?
Dillon Tan (4 months ago)
No Svensson?
Tech with Noel (4 months ago)
Hey I have a question for you what is the best shit you can buy for $200
Food Fashion Money (4 months ago)
Thanks for the awesome video. Here is a nice site with lots of minimalist shoes http://haloeffectrevealed.com/sitemap.html
aries saludo (4 months ago)
kindly review NBM Beyene. thanks
FreedomBliss 2012 (4 months ago)
Subbed Bossman
theazn07 (4 months ago)
why tf does he keep saying adidas like that?
Daniel Tries All (4 months ago)
theazn07 the founder of adidas was a German man named Adolf Dassler. They called him Adi for short, so Adi Dassler, shorten that a little and you get Adi Das .. Adidas. The pronunciation must have changed over time. Now I want to know if it’s pronounced the original way in Germany.
ctdefender110 CT (4 months ago)
Love the channel and this gem is fantastic! Ordered the Koios in both 41 and 42. The 41 was tight lengthwise, the 42 was too wide and long. Any of these in that grouping run toward the narrow side? Thanks in advance.
Bril Alexander (4 months ago)
I watched your vid, thums up! Great job! But a lot of these brands are not available in the Netherlands. So, after a search i found Clarks has great white sneakers! Cleaner then any of the ones you featured! Just got them, great buy. They’re the un costa lace model. And just 100 euro. 100 bucks also in usa.
Bril Alexander (4 months ago)
No Svensson either. We seem to have the really cheap or the 300+. Have you tried the Clarks? Two days of wear now and they seem to be a homerun.
The Kavalier (4 months ago)
See if you can get Svensson

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