Ascot X Charlie have made a name for themselves in the footwear realm, but are their stylish
Ever since its founding in 2004 and the subsequent release of the Achilles Low sneaker, Common Projects has been the brand to beat for minimalist white leather shoes.
They’re such a popular option, in fact, that a half dozen or more competitors have popped up with very similar offerings styled after the original Achilles Low.
Being a huge fan of minimalist white
In this Ascot X Charlie review, I’ll give you the full scoop on their white leather Soho Sneakers (as well as a bit about the brand’s other offerings).
About Ascot X Charlie
Founded in 2018 by a group of menswear enthusiasts, Ascot X Charlie produces all of their footwear through sustainable factories located in Europe.
They’re aiming for a clean style with all of their designs, with an emphasis on three key brand principles: Honesty, timelessness, and elegance.
While they started with just a handful of footwear offerings, the brand now has more than a half dozen different unique styles and product offerings in a wide range of colors and sizes.
What I Tried
For this review, I specifically targeted Ascot X Charlie’s minimalist shoe: The Soho, in White Nappa.
First, some details: The Soho is made with a full calfskin lining, and has a thick collar with lots of padding. They’re also made with Margom soles (often considered the best soles for high-class
The leather for the Soho sneakers is of good quality, and it feels like a step up from brands like
As mentioned before, this shoe is a direct competitor to the Common Projects Achilles Low. And even at first glance, the two shoes are very similar. But how do they stack up when it comes to fit, quality, and pricing? That’s what we’ll explore together in the next few sections.
Ascot X Charlie Pros
Now, for the positives on Ascot X Charlie’s Soho sneakers.
They’re definitely made of premium materials, from the full leather construction to the high-quality Margom outsoles and everything in between.
Plus, they’re comfortable — they have a lot of padding around the heel, and even a pretty heavily padded tongue.
I really enjoy the styling on these, overall. They have a flattering, narrow silhouette that’s especially good for guys with smaller feet.
And as far as competing with the Achilles Low, their gold detailing is almost an exact match.
So if you like that about Common Projects, these offer a lot of the same quality and details at a slightly lower price.
Ascot X Charlie Cons
So the main difficulty I have with Ascot X Charlie’s Soho sneakers is that they both run narrow and don’t have any options for wide fits.
That means unless your feet are pretty slim and narrow, these shoes just aren’t going to fit you. I have pretty narrow feet, and I still had to size up on these.
Besides that, there’s one other thing I have to call out: These shoes don’t feel entirely unique, nor are they offered at that much of a discount compared to Common Projects. If you’re already investing $300+ in a shoe, you may end up just going for the Achilles Low instead.
So overall, I think the Ascot X Charlie Soho sneakers could be a good alternative to the Common Projects Achilles Low.
The trouble is, this is a very competitive niche — and unless you really like the narrow styling of Ascot X Charlie, there’s probably a better alternative out there for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here we’ll answer the questions we’ve heard guys asking online about Ascot X Charlie.
Where Are Ascot X Charlie
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What Can You Wear Ascot X Charlie
The Soho sneakers from Ascot X Charlie are a classic minimalist look, and as such, they pair well with just about anything. You can wear them with jeans and a t-shirt and look great, or pair them with chinos and a button-down for a classier look, or rock them with shorts and no-show socks.
Are Ascot X Charlie
Sneakers Worth the Price?
Overall, I’m on the fence about this one. They’re pretty expensive shoes, and they’re not much different from the Common Projects Achilles Low, so I’m not sure that I could say that they’re worth the price.
At the end of the day, I have to admit that I probably wouldn’t want to pay full retail for these shoes. That is unless you really want a very narrow silhouette — but if so, Oliver Cabell also offers a narrow style for a much lower price.
They’re really nice shoes. But are they the nicest you can get for the price? I don’t think so.
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