Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

A$AP Nast and Lacoste Team Up For the Exclusive L001 Lux Sneaker

A$AP Nast and the L001 — inspired by the first ever shoe created by Rene Lacoste.
A$AP Nast and the L001 — inspired by the first ever shoe created by Rene Lacoste. Image used with permission by copyright holder

With the help of rapper and crocodile-tatted fan A$AP Nast, Lacoste recently launched its newest footwear: the L001. Inspired by a mix of the brand’s rich tennis heritage and modern shoemaking, the luxe shoe is sure to be a new classic from the French luxury brand. 

René Lacoste, the company’s founder, was nicknamed “the Crocodile” because of his tennis court tenacity. The L001 is a melting pot of Lacoste’s iconic heritage elements, rooted in an authentic history, and tennis DNA with today’s modern fashion staple, exemplified by Nast, an American model, recording artist, and songwriter and member of the Harlem hip-hop collective, A$AP Mob.

“The crocodile to me is an extraordinary being,” Nast said in a Melodie Mcdaniel-directed promo for the L001. 

The sneaker’s key details are taken from the brand’s archive, mirroring the throwback themes frequently channeled by Lacoste creative director Louise Trotter. The René, the first ever shoe created by René Lacoste, informs the L001’s spirit while the shoe’s retro angular design echoes kinetic lines that run along 1980s vintage racket handles. 

A grouping of something old and something new: That’s the L001. 

Related Guides

The L001 sports subtle touches like a herringbone-patterned midsole and embossed croc toward the heel, a salute to the brand’s heritage. Even the colorways for its first drop — creamy leather uppers, brownish outsoles, primary color accents — hark back to bygone times that influence much of Lacoste’s recent output.

This OG low-top is very en vogue right now. Rooted in old-school court sneaker themes, the L001’s smooth, tumble leather and minimalist essence makes it an elevated shoe choice that ensures style longevity and is workable for most occasions, whether it be dressing up or down, day or night. And as Nast demonstrates, the kicks play especially well with the post-prep of Trotter’s Lacoste, teamed with either velour tracksuits and trim corduroys.

The L001 footwear retails for $115 and is available now through all Lacoste channels.

Read More: Black-Owned Men’s Fashion Brands 

Editors' Recommendations

Matthew Denis
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Matt Denis is an on-the-go remote multimedia reporter, exploring arts, culture, and the existential in the Pacific Northwest…
A new study reveals how filthy Apple Watch bands really are
You spent a lot of money on your smartwatch, so be sure it won't make you sick
apple watch hermes leather band

Your Apple Watch’s band may look clean, but a recent study has shown that your favorite band is probably covered in the sort of disgusting filth you would expect to find crusting up the seat in a public lavatory. According to Florida Atlantic University, 95% of the straps tested were coated in something unpleasant. This includes the infamous E. Coli -- a bacterium that is usually found in the intestines of mammals and has been linked to numerous severe food poisoning outbreaks over the years.

Other unpleasant microbes discovered by researchers include staphylococcus spp, which can cause staph infections when it is introduced to an open wound, and pseudomonas -- another organism that can cause incredibly dangerous infections under the right circumstances.

Read more
Men’s grooming: What the modern day man needs to know (from head to toe)
Grooming for men: Looking good in today's world, under the clothes
A man reading a book

Men have some catching up to do. For decades, women have focused on grooming, skin care, hair care, and everything from head to toe. Men, on the other hand, have traditionally focused more on clothes (if that) with little to no regard for our skin and hair. Luckily for us, an explosion of companies have begun to surface that focus on our physical appearance below the wardrobe, and it has arrived just in time for us to catch up to ladies; now is the time for the rise of men's grooming. 

Below, we're going to help you kickstart your bodily focus by giving you some tips, tricks, and maybe a few brands or products that will help you look your very best even before you start looking at your style.

Read more
Men’s apparel: The secrets to maintaining clothes for a long-lasting wardrobe
Men's clothes can last for decades if you invest in the right products and take care of them
Trendy handsome man posing in autumn park alone

The world today is based on a "throwaway culture." That means we have become obsessed with one-time-use items like plastic water bottles, grocery bags, and paper towels. While this can make things feel cheaper and easier up front, it can be more expensive and cumbersome in the long run, not to mention hazardous to the environment. This is also true with your wardrobe. There are plenty of places you can get cheap clothing if you just need to wear it one time. In the long run, though, this is detrimental to you, your bank account, and the environment.

Learning how to care for your wardrobe to make it last longer is better for you, your wallet, and your sanity. Invest in quality items that are made to stand the test of time so that you won't have to shop for clothing every time a new event comes up like other men do. Once you have those quality items, here are the tips that will ensure they last for years, and maybe even a lifetime.

Read more