Set for the global stage of the Miami Open, we embark on a celebration of Tennis Heritage. Together with Addict, we created something true to the Lacoste DNA. Something that Jean René Lacsote himself would be proud of. We are honored to be able to work on such a classic silhouette. The 30th Anniversary of the Dash get reinterpreted and updated for on or off court. Set to release parallel to the Miami Open on March 26th, the Racket and the Ball will both retail for $190. The pre-release will be exclusive to our Addict and Uptown retail partners. Pairs will be available in-store, online, at the launch event taking place at Soho Beach House; and at the Lacoste Tent during the Open. The Racket only is also set to release at top tier global retailers on March 28th.
Limited to only 50 pairs, the tennis ball-inspired execution will only be sold at the Addict Bal Harbour location. Instead of just doing the whole shoe in a tennis ball felt, I went with a sports-inspired technical mesh; tennis ball felt tongue and dyed goat leather for the mudguard, facings and toe wrap. The felt tongue also features an embroidered tennis ball logo. Both pairs feature an added micro pin-perf inner lining for both comfort and breath-ability.
The racket is limited to 450 pairs globally. The upper is executed in classic white goat leather referencing both the white racket and shades of white worn by René Lacoste on court. The perforated punch detailing on the quarter hark back to the tennis racket grip. The pattern aligns directly to the LT.12 racket. The single eyelet on the medial, lace tips, beige croc branding and gum sole are all used to tie in the wood to the color story. White tennis ball felt adorns the entire tongue while being finished off with Lacoste’s classic red on both the embroidered racket logo and inner linings.
This “Racquet & Ball” pack is completed with custom printed insoles, custom woven labels where both brands are called out, a cut & sewn dust bag, and multiple laces. Both the dust bag and the insoles feature the special Miami Open court colors.
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