Lacoste takes stores digital with AR app for new trainer range

Lacoste is hoping to make trying on shoes easier and faster with the launch of “a unique” app that lets shoppers virtually try on its new range of trainers using augmented reality (AR).

Video: Lacoste shows its AR app will work

The French sportswear brand claims the app is a first because it combines 3D product scanning with AR. Developed by innovation agency Engine Creative, the app uses in-store point-of-sale to allow shoppers to see what the new trainers would look like on their foot without actually having to try them on.

To use the service, shoppers must put their foot in the graphic on the store floor and scan it with their smartphone. The app will then show what the trainer they are interested in looks like on the shopper’s foot, as well as providing details on the shoe and other products in the range.

The app can also be used to share images via social media and to buy any of the shoes. Lacoste hopes the app will offer an easier way for shoppers to try out the new range without having to wait for a shop assistant or take off their own shoes.

The technology will be used in Lacoste’s own stores, as well as concessions in department stores. There are also plans to update the app as new products are launched, with the aim of building a long-term relationship with shoppers on mobile.

Lacoste is the latest brand to try using AR in its stores to improve the customer experience. Last year Topshop created AR dressing rooms, while De Beers launched an app that let shoppers see how their jewellery would look on and both Ikea and Argos have integrated AR into their catalogues.

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