The sneaker sub-culture operates on trends, and with such a high volume it can be hard to find a sneaker that carves its own lane. One that dances to its own beat, while others just follow the up and down changes in style. There’s one sneaker that stands out amongst the rest for its ability to seamlessly transition from day to night, providing unmatched versatility in the wake of style trends. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the all-white tennis shoe.
These sneakers live in a genre of their own, with a design that seamlessly shifts from semi-formal day use to nighttime fun. Since 1933, Lacoste has invoked the thought of a classic tennis aesthetic, and now, they’re bringing us a lineup of men’s and women’s white sneakers, perfect for any occasion.
History of the Lacoste Tennis Shoe
The story of Lacoste has mirrored that of its founder, René Lacoste (pictured 2nd from the right). Since the French tennis legend revolutionised the everyday wardrobe with his short-sleeve polo shirt, the brand has achieved the same with white sneakers that date back to the 1980s. The perfume and leather goods arm of the brand launched in the 1960s, and with the success of the business, the Lacoste product family grew again in 1981 with sunglasses, and in 1985 with white tennis shoes.
Today, the on-court sneaker legacy continues with Lacoste outfitting top ATP player Daniil Medvedev in signature Lacoste tennis shoes. And while the Court-Drive brings Lacoste back into the performance tennis space, you can still grab yourself a piece of history that is just as stylish then as it is now in the form of two white sneakers for men and women.
Carnaby Evo BL 1
Taking us back to the tennis courts of the 1980s the Carnaby is an elegant and versatile white sneaker imbued with references to the tennis court. The Lacoste’s Carnaby Evo is a staple sneaker for any wardrobe, working with a laid back lace-up aesthetic it is crafted from smooth leather into a clean-lined silhouette that will help you shift from day to night. The contrasting ribbed hits on the heel introduce a stylish hint of textural interest. While the instantly recognisable crocodile on the quarter sits front and centre in signature green underlined by detailing that recalls Lacoste’s sporting heritage.
Composition: 94% Leather 6% Synthetic
Upper: Leather and synthetic uppers
Timeless is the name of the game, and this classic Lacoste sneaker has it in droves with a silhouette that takes inspiration from the clean-cut tennis looks of the 1980s. The smooth, all-over Nappa leather uppers are presented in the versatile white easy-to-pair hue that’s a straight-up essential for everyday wear. A sneaker that dodges the sneaker trends, the silhouette combines striking detailing marks on the heel all the way to the crocodile which ceremoniously adorns the quarter. The details continue into the debossed branding on the tongue for a signature sign off.
Composition: 80% Leather 20% Synthetic
Walk into the weekend wearing the Coupole, a pared-down, deconstructed design with casual appeal and easy elegance. The uppers are executed in softer, hand-feel nappa leather and elevated with a light, pigmented finish and an attractive burnished effect. Lacoste branding is lightly debossed on the quarter and heel while the signature crocodile makes its mark on the foxing, completing the look.
Lining: Synthetic & Textile