Summary

We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Many users praised the Lacoste L.12.12 116 1 for containing good padding and being so comfortable on the feet that it can be worn all day without any issue.
  • A lot of people commended the casual low-top sneaker for being so obviously high-quality. They mentioned the beautiful leather, good workmanship, and the many fine details each Lacoste shoe contains which other footwear don’t have.
  • Several purchasers loved the classic styling of the Lacoste L.12.12 116 1, which, though minimalistic, has something in it that calls attention.
  • The lifestyle footwear by Lacoste provides a good fit that even wide-footed users enjoy, a small number of testers commented.
  • Some reviewers described how pleased they were with the true-to-size length of the Lacoste L.12.12 116 1.
  • One person compared the Lacoste model to Common Project’s Achilles Low as being in the same vein but having a much lower price tag than the latter.
  • The low-top shoe is very easy to clean according to a few buyers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • The Lacoste L.12.12 116 1 needs a short breaking in period before becoming comfortable, a handful of reviewers said.
  • Some people reported that the casual low-top feels slightly narrow across the top of the foot.

Bottom line

The Lacoste L.12.12 116 1 is finely-constructed footwear that has all the hallmarks of a good shoe. It is well-padded for a whole day of comfortable wear and provides an excellent fit that everyone can enjoy. The shoe is covered in a beautiful leather fabric that feels expensive, yet the shoe itself isn’t, although everything about it shouts premium.

The shoe needs a short breaking-in period. It can also feel a little snug across the toes but not overly so, and the shoe stretches with time.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Collection: Lacoste L.12.12
Price: $170
Colorways: Black, Blue, White
Size
Small True to size Large
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Rankings

A top rated sneaker
A top rated Lacoste sneaker
A popular pick
It has never been more popular than this April

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The Lacoste L.12.12 116 1 is available in sizes 7 to 13 for men and is equipped with a traditional full lacing system to ensure a secure fit. The measurement runs true to length for many reviewers, and the shoe can accommodate wide feet with no discomfort.

Upgrade your casual look with the clean and smooth lines of the Lacoste L.12.12 116 1. For a smart casual style, pair the sneaker with slim khaki pants or jeans with rolled up bottoms, a crisp white shirt, and a blazer on top. You can also go the preppy route by matching the shoe with chinos, a round neck t-shirt, and a cardigan on top.

The Lacoste L.12.12 116 1 turns the ubiquitous white sneaker into something far more elegant and distinctive. The shoe’s classic style perfectly captures the timeless look of Lacoste’s iconic 12.12 shirt, which is minimalist in design yet has something which draws the eye to it. Adding more visual appeal is the premium leather that covers the shoe in rich shades of dark red, dark grey, navy, dark green, white, or black.

French tennis player, Rene Lacoste, founded the clothing company with fabric specialist Andre Gillier in 1933. Nicknamed “the Crocodile” by fans of the sport, Rene used his moniker as a trademark signature of the legendary shirt he designed and wore on the court.

The French brand first became known for the for their tennis shirts although in succeeding years, they would come out with perfume, watches, leather goods, eyewear, and footwear as well. Lacoste not only produced shoes for the sport of tennis but have entered the casual lifestyle market too with their extensive collection of slides, slip-ons, sneakers, and cleats.

The Lacoste L.12.12 116 1 comes from the L.12.12 shoe collection that was designed to celebrate the spirit of Lacoste’s famous 12.12 pique polo shirt. The shirt, in turn, got its name from the 12 prototypes Lacoste created before perfecting the product we enjoy today. The shirt’s pique fabric was chosen explicitly because its versatility enhanced movement and performance while remaining sophisticated and smart and these are the qualities that the L.12.12 collection pays homage to.

The L.12.12 line was released in 2016, and the shoes in this collection are distinct for their clean, sporty look complemented by smart architectural design. Perf toe detailing, contrast sole pattern, pique lining, and molded insole define the kicks.

  • The Lacoste L.12.12 116 1 features a padded tongue and collar, an embroidered crocodile branding near the heel, and a rubber outsole.
  • The model weighs around 544 grams per shoe.

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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.

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