In this video, Jeff from The Style O.G. conducts a battle of two men's suede Chelsea boots. He talks about the $500 Common Projects suede Chelsea boots vs. $99 New Republic Suede Chelsea Boots. He goes into whether it makes sense to spend $400 more on the common projects suede Chelsea boots or save the money by buying the $99 new republic suede Chelsea boots.
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I dont think you compaired them in a fair way. Almost all the comparisons where visual, which fast fashion companies mimik really well. The real difference is in the construction of the boot and the way is ages/shapes over time. You could tell by looking at the sole that the New Republic boot was a cemented boot and the common projects where either a blake stitched or goodyear welted boot. A blake stitch or goodyear welt allows for resoleing of the boot making it last alot longer. For your next comparison video I'd love to see you go into more detail about each boot and also wear them both in so you can get a feeling for the comfort of the boots.
The 400 dollars difference is the biggest difference but the second biggest difference is that the Common Projects is goodyear welted and the other one is not. That means the Common Projects is resole-able and rebuildable for about 100 to 150 dollars meaning it would cost more to fix them than to buy the other boots however you get to keep wearing the common projects for a decade or two where the cheap boots you simply throwaway and buy a new pair.
Great video but I have a few questions. What's the difference in comfortability between the boots, which one is easier to walk in? Which one is more comfortable after long hours of usage? And would you recommend the Common Projects to someone with wide feet?
Great video, Jeff. Found your channel a few days ago and really enjoy your videos. Have a question, have you ever worn clothes or shoes by designer Joseph Abboud? Men’s Wearhouse sells his stuff. I bought a suit beginning of the year and a pair of taupe suede Chelsea boots that are still in transit to me. Just wondered your thoughts…
Thanks Tom, welcome to the channel! It's been a while since I have worn some Abboud. I had some sports coats from him in the past but nothing recently. I would love to hear your feedback when you get you stuff!
Awesome vid! I've been eyeing all of the New Republic Chelsea boots lately, such a great price & the quality & shape looks great too compared to a lot of the others I've seen. What color was your New Republic Chelsea Boot? I'm planning to buy the Sand colorway with the Orange/Blue pull tab. I'm hoping the ones in your video aren't the sand colorway, it looks really grey. Might just be the lighting or something though. Edit: Nevermind, just rewatched the vid a few more times & realized you said it's the sand colorway.
Yeah but check them out to a couple years. The big difference that wasn't mentioned is how to sole is stitched to the upper (see bottom of boot), not glued. Telling by the bottom he has hardly even worn the CPs, now this review could simply be about initial quality but that stitching is a big first look difference.
Great video! I just bought a pair a couple of weeks ago. How does the quality of the crepe on the Common Projects boot compare to the New Republic? Also, do you clean your crepe soles? From what I gather, there’s no real practical way to clean crepe soles and the dirt is just a natural part of the charm of the boot.
I thought you would choose the Common Project boot. But at the end it all made sense, Common Project is higher quality but not 5 times higher quality as to be worth 5 times more money. And true, when u go party, no one around you gonna take ur boot off your feet to read the serial numbers and say, “oh wow, u have a $500 boot!” .... LOL 😂
Excellent video, random popped up and I have been contemplating this in my head and am finding it hard to spend $500 when I have owned new republic before and know its easily for $100 any day of the week... SUBBED
How do you compare shoes and boots in terms of quality without discussing construction methods? While I think $500 is steep for what you're getting, it's important to remember that the construction method is part of that cost.
When it comes to shoes, don't buy cheap. They might not look much different but you'll see in the long run. Looks like you've been wearing the CPs pair for quite some time, yet they still look new. Cheap shoes won't look like that after a few years.
Not bad could use a lil more editing for pacing as well as some music and artwork to bookend the review
Also timing is key here gotta really sell that reveal cause that's what the hook is from the headline
In general it’s more advisable to spend around $500 on a pair of boots. A pair at that price should be Goodyear Welted, which will mean it lasts and is a quality piece, as well as being better constructed, more comfortable after broken in, made of higher quality materials and should retain shape better. However, this gentleman has shown us that this particular $500 doesn’t deliver. I’d say that if your budget permits it, making the larger investment is worthwhile IF you find the best boot for the price
WanderinHawk 😂😂😂 it is a hallmark, tho. Find a cheap $100 shoe that’s Goodyear Welted. It costs more to make and it has beneficial functions. It’s a hallmark of quality, you couldn’t make worse non arguments if you tried. Chill bro, it’s okay to be wrong
WanderinHawk there's always an advantage between blakestitch, gyw, voldstchoen, etc... Waterproof, flexibility, and they're all resoleable, the question is how hard it is they are for resoling, gyw is the most expensive because it's the easier to resole, yet the hardest to make. Not as flexible as blake tho
Common projects has some of the most luxurious suede/nubuck leather I've ever felt and they are all built to last for a few years which is well worth the price tag except after 2 years of wear, it probably won't feel soft anymore, there's no way to clean all that dust and dirt out of the suede. Out of all their chelsea boots, the original black leather chelsea is still the best.
I think you need to wear the boots for a while before you compare them. IF the New Republic Suede hold up for a few years (comparable to the Common Projects) then YES! they are the winner. I found out that sometimes the higher priced items hold up a lot better with time and that's why they cost so much more.
As a side note... I would not buy the Common Projects boots (even if they were 5 times better) because I can't afford them now :)
Just went on the New Republic website. Sure enough, ...there they are; Sand Colored Chuck Chelsea's for $99 bucks. 25% off if you spend over $250 on your purchase. God, that would bring the price on those Chelsea's down to what, $75 bucks? That's 1/7th the cost of the Common Projects... BIG difference in price for 2 boots that ARE practically identical Thank you Jeff!
Great video! I'm new to your channel and it is now my favorite. Only one thing that should be mentioned is the cemented construction vs the welted/stitched construction. Keep the good content coming...
I'm in the same boat with the Allen Edmond liverpool chelseas. 445 for a pair seems steep when i can get a similar pair for about 200 on Thursday boots. Quality does count for a lot though especially if you're looking for lasting power. Too many times have i fallen for the buy cheap buy twice pitfall lol. Keep up the good work dude.
I was in the same boat. How I got over it was all my main shoes I knew I would wear often I would spend the extra. Shoes that I knew I wouldn’t like colored oxfords were the ones I wouldn’t spend as much on. Hope this helps...
The new republic boots look way better than the common projects boots in my opinion, plus, the common project one looks a little beat up....I have a real problem with spending a serious amount of money on something that looks worn lol...not that it can't be worn, it just shouldn't look like it. Also, if I had it my way, I would change the colors of the pull tabs on both shoes; I'm not really feeling the colors on the pull tab of the new republic boot...great video Jeff and red looks nice on you 😊
Saw a video before and you recommended New Republic. You've sold me on these today. They should pay you for marketing these. By the way friend of mine was wearing a chelsea and I gave him props. Then he said "that's what they call these". Broke my heart OG.
Nothing worse than cheap shoes . . . If you have a lot of shoes then buying lower quality is ok but the common projects last 5 times longer. I know, I have a pair of common project tennis from 2007 and they are in top-notch condition. So, I would have to stick with the Common Project boots.
Let me get your opinion on this talking about Chelsea boots. I'm looking real hard at these blue strand leather Gucci Chelsea boots. The cost is roughly $975. I need a gross purchase at least once in my life. What is your opinion on them?
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