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Le Coq Sportif have served up a very striking pair of creps which is no surprise as they very rarely get it wrong on their collaborations…

 

This year we’ve had our fair share of runner collaborations, such as the Footpatrol and Asics ‘Squad’, Concepts and New Balance “M-80” as well as The Offspring and Saucony ‘Stealth”. Well French brand Le Coq Sportif are the latest to get in on the action and with Swiss sneaker boutique Titolo for their latest offering the “Glacial Melt”. On this excursion the beloved R1000 model plays host to a very intriguing concept. Boasting its lightweight feel, Dynactif cushioning for extra comfort and its elegant details, the 90’s runner gets drenched in hues taken from the Swiss Alps landscape, from the grey for the rocks and gravel which is contrasted with a turquoise toe box which represents its vibrant glacial lakes.

Packaging

Sadly with this drop there’s no frills as far as the box is concerned. You only get your standard white box with black outlines featuring the Le Coq Sportif branding on the lid, with the sizing label on the side which is a shame as its this simplicity that belies what’s actually inside the box. It has to be said the addition of some custom packaging would complete the entire presentation of this release.

First Impressions

For those who aren’t familiar with the brand, one thing I can attest to is when Le Coq Sportif get it right, they get it very right. The colour blocking on this R1000 is definitely on point and while I’m not as blown away with this as I was with their Mita or KICKS LAB collaborations, the “Glacial Melt” still holds its own. Throughout the trainer the craftsmanship is superb and the quality of finish is high, on our pair we found no glue marks, over threading which is a testament to their quality control.

The Details

The uppers on this have been crafted out of grey pigskin suede, while the toe box gets a Turquoise hue. If this wasn’t enough the toe box gets a perforated iteration of the same suede, while the tongue label is crafted out of suede. The sock liner gets blessed with that gorgeous turquoise hue, while the inner soles feature a picturesque image of the Swiss mountain scape from which this trainer draws its inspiration. To finish off the package nicely you also get a choice of two extra rope laces in grey and turquoise.

Final Thoughts

Le Coq Sportif have served up a very striking pair of creps which is no surprise as they very rarely get it wrong on their collaborations and these are value for money as well as being quiet comfortable to wear. In all honesty this release can rank amongst the brands other collaborations that we’ve recently seen,such as the Mita, Jazmin Berakha and KICKS LAB drops. I would however, strongly advise you using a trainer protection spray when wearing these as the grey suede will definitely be a dirt magnet.

Heat rating

My heat rating for these are is a strong 4 out of 5. Why, I hear you ask? Well while the leather is by no means sub par, I was left a little underwhelmed with the quality of the suede, I do understand that the premise of the R1000 is its supposed to be a lightweight runner, however after seeing the quality of suede on recent drops, such as the aforementioned Saucony x Offspring ‘Stealth’ and Footpatrol x Asics “Squad,” I had hoped that Le Coq Sportiff would have upped the ante in this area. However where those ones excelled in quality materials I’m issuing this rating merely for the fact that they’ve made the R1000 a strong contender to its counterparts in 2015. Other then that it’s a dope drop and while at the time of writing this they are sold out if a pair does cross your path don’t sleep on them. What do you guys think hit that vote button!

 

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