Lacoste looks to founding father René for its new footwear collection

It may be the height of summer, but Lacoste's AW/15 footwear collection deserves your attention

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As you’ll have read in the July issue of Esquire, Lacoste’s Autumn/Winter 2015 footwear collection is very good. It’s inspired by founding father René Lacoste’s tennis career, or more specifically, the day he revolutionized on-court dressing. A player known for his effortless style (and success; he won seven grand slam titles), in 1933, the now-ubiquitous L.12.12 polo shirt - adorned with the unmistakable crocodile – went into production. And it’s safe to say tennis kit was set on a new, much more progressive path.

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With that in mind, the new footwear collection is decidedly retro. The star, clearly, is the Straightset (£95), a super simple lace-up leather sneaker available in a range of colours. We’d urge you to opt for white – you need good white sneakers and these are some of the best – but the navy blue, or tan options are perfectly respectable too. On the heftier side of the collection, you have the Montbard boot (£140), which is reassuringly sturdy, but still plenty sleek.

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To demonstrate its clay-courted heritage, Lacoste gathered people at last month’s Roland Garros tournament in Paris – the place René won most of his titles – and Esquire’s Deputy Style Editor Charlie Teasdale tagged along to test out some of the new designs, as the video below illustrates.

 
 

Disclaimer: Teasdale’s legs are unnervingly pale – avert your gaze to avoid risk of blindness.