Footpatrol x Le Coq Sportif Made in France R800 “Artisan”.

by Henrik Buzzi

This December Footpatrol is teaming up with French Sportswear brand Le Coq Sportif for a third time on this special 'Made in France' edition of the R800. Since introducing the 'Made in France' footwear program at the start of 2015, Le Coq Sportif began working with a small factory based in Cléon, in a small village named La Romagne. Since then, the tri-color brand have re-established and celebrated its' rich heritage and history in local manufacturing through a series of premium collaborations utilizing iconic models from the LCS archive. Next up is the R800, originally released in 1991 and featuring le coq sportif's infamous Dynactif energy return system. Having previously worked together on the Éclat, we were honoured to work with them once more.

Having the opportunity in creating a shoe made in France, Footpatrol wanted to pay tribute the skilled craftsmen/craftswomen who continue to keep a dwindling practice in Western Europe alive. The word “Artisan” is used to describe a worker in a skilled trade, expecially one that involves making things by hand. This became the inspiration for our concept, and so the Footpatrol x Le Coq Sportif R800 'Artisan' was born.

The R800 “Artisan” is a meticulously designed piece of footwear that takes great pride in its details. The upper is assembled in smooth Dress Blue leather with an Eclipse coloured nubuck accents on the heel wrapping around the medial panel. Rustic Tan leather touches are added on the inner lining, tongue and toe-box panel. Branding features in different forms throughout, from the laser engraved le coq sportif & Footpatrol branding on the tongue, to the embossed LCS logo on the lateral panel. Further branding continues on the footbed featuring dual-brand logos with the words 'R800 Artisan' above.The Red & Green stitch details running through the medial and lateral panels add a subtle touch of contrast to the silhouette. Complementing the shoe are three sets of laces - a Dress Blue flat lace, multi-coloured flat lace and a full grain Tan leather lace. The shoe sits atop a Papyrus colored midsole, on a light gum outsole. The R800 'Artisan' comes housed in a custom wooden shoe box complete with a perspex lid. Included in the box are a set of wooden shoe trees, leather shoe cream, buffing cloth and shoe brush. The Footpatrol x le coq sportif Made in France R800 'Artisan' will be available in-store & online exclusively at Footpatrol on December 18th.