Le Coq Sportif’s elegant low-cut tennis shoe, the Arthur Ashe, gets treated to a refined new series of colorways in their new premium graphic Jacquard Pack. Taking stylistic and technical cues from the world of tennis, the French label marries the sneaker drops to a capsule collection featuring sweat pants, Le Coq Sportif’s Teddy zip-up sweater and polo shirts in two broad colorways of optical white or navy “dress” blues.
For the jacquard sneakers, the heel tab features the distinctive French fabric in three separate tricolor accents, supported by a premium all-white leather upper with quarter panels perforated and de-bossed with Arthur Ashe’s distinctive signature. The sole unit also features Le Coq Sportifs’ label stitched-in to the heel. The shoe still retains key elements of its design directly crafted to tackle the rigors of tennis: the “Aerotop” tongue uses the brand’s original designs engineered in collaboration with Ashe for increased breathability and performance, making the sneaker an elegant style statement that’s grounded in sport’s technicality and precision.
Arthur Ashe was one of the U.S.’ all-time tennis greats, winning the U.S. Open in 1968. He retains the record of being the only black male to win the three Grand Slams of Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the U.S. Open. His collaboration with the French label began in 1964, with two sneaker designs – the Ashe Prestige and the Arthur Ashe model – evolving up until the 1980s before the preference for runners and brightly stylized sneakers took preference. Since 2010 however, Le Coq Sportif have re-imagined and updated the iconic silhouettes, reminding the world of one of the U.S.’ sporting giants.