We spent 6.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

6 reasons to buy

  • Several people remarked how pleased they were with their Lacoste Explorateur Classic High Top Leather shoes because of how comfortable these are.
  • A good number of reviewers liked the fit of these high-top sneakers.
  • Lacoste Explorateur Classic 317 Leather shoes are true to size, some testers noted.
  • The price is “not excessive” and just right for the shoes’ value, a few individuals remarked.
  • The shoes are quite versatile according to a couple of users. The sneakers can be used for different activities and look good matched with casual or semi-formal wear.
  • A handful of purchasers liked the elegant, sporty style of these lifestyle kicks.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Two people reported that the front of their Lacoste Explorateur Classic High Top Leather shoes came away from the soles barely two months after purchase.

Bottom line

Lacoste sneakers are known for their casually elegant air which makes even the simplest design look eye-catching. Explorateur Classic High Top Leather shoes are imbued with this same sophisticated vibe that allows them to transition smoothly from casual to smart depending on the outfit and occasion.

These shoes are comfy, provide a true fit, and do not come with an expensive price tag. However, the shoes may not be quite as durable as they should be since a couple of people complained they lasted only a few months of use.


Top: High
Inspired from: Casual
Collection: Lacoste Lifestyle Shoes
Price: $75
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Lacoste Explorateur Classic 1 Leather High Top shoes (men’s) come in measurements ranging from 7 to 13. The fit is average, but since these are leather shoes, they can break in and adjust to the shape of the feet for a more comfortable feel.

The high-profile construction of the shoes provides not only a more secure locked-in feel but also extra support for the ankles. They also give ample lateral and medial support.

As previously mentioned before, these high-top shoes have a versatile air that allows them to go from casual to smart in a blink. Here are some style tips depending on the occasion.


Jeans will always be in style and will look good at any casual event. Pair your Explorateur Classic High Top Leathers with cropped trousers and a white tee for a simple, contemporary look. Throw in a slim winter jacket for colder weather.


Slim jeans, a textured jacket, and a shirt is the way to go for smart casual events. You can also opt for a tee and a blazer instead. Keep the shades neutral if you want to go for an extra sophisticated look. Brighter colors will make your outfit look more relaxed.


High-tops with leather uppers can be easily paired with smart outfits to keep them from being too formal. Match a turtleneck shirt with slim pants and a suit jacket for somewhat formal events. A printed jacket, perhaps in plaid, will liven up your getup if you don’t want it to look too somber.

Urban explorations deserve a stylish getup, and not many could be more stylish than Lacoste Explorateur Classic High Top Leather kicks. These kicks from the Lacoste brand’s casual collection have a tastefully sporty and laidback design that’s somewhat inspired by the trail as evidenced by the combined regular and Ghillie lacing system and round wax laces.

All-leather uppers combined with warm linings keep the cold out, so you’re free to wander the urban landscape at will, whatever the weather.

French tennis pro, Rene Lacoste, nicknamed “the Alligator,” founded Lacoste in 1933 together with his friend, businessman Andre Giller. He started the polo revolution by creating a shirt that embodied versatility, sophistication, and extreme functionality. Because of the shirt’s performance and chic sporty style, it quickly garnered the admiration and support of other tennis stars such as Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, and Richard Gasquet.

As a consequence of prominent tennis stars using the polo shirt as their go-to outfit, it began to make a vivid impression on the fans, and the fashion world was taken by storm. The success of the shirt enabled the company to expand its offerings. First, a children’s collection was introduced then later, sunglasses, perfumes, leather products, and tennis were added.

As the brand’s footwear line opened, more products were released including sneakers for its lifestyle division. Lacoste Explorateur Classic High Top Leather shoes come from this line. The urban-ready sneakers come in varied-tones as well as monochromatic colors.

  • Lacoste Explorateur Classic High Top Leather shoes are available in natural/brown/white, blue/white, and all black colorways.
  • Tonal signature alligator branding can be found on the lateral side of the shoes.


Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.