Here’s an exclusive sneak-peek at a new direction from Lacoste. Dubbed the Cassel, this lightweight hiker is part of the Stealth range planned for next year.  Looking nice and tight, especially in the aubergine and grape, we can also vouch for its comfort and flexibility having roadtested the Cassel ourselves… perhaps the Japan inspired outdoors/hiking vibe is finally about to crossover?

Although tagged as an ’09 model, the Cassel will be seeded in very small numbers with the retailers listed below from next month…

Alife Rivington Club, Sportie LA, Ryouki – Oxford, Solebox – Berlin, Kicks – Munich, Limitedition – Barcelona, Atmos – Tokyo, Mita – Tokyo, Uptown – Fukuoka, D-Mop – Hong Kong, Novo Concept- Shanghai