Talkin’ Colorways with Mike Carroll and his Lakai Staple

The significance of a shoe should never be undermined. It’s no secret that a good design and fit can do astronomical things for your skating. This phenomenon of good timing coinciding with a good shoe can create incredible results – even a culture within itself. Such is the case with the Lakai Staple.

The Staple, now 15 years since its original debut, is back in a more modernized form. The vulcanized take on this classic cupsole features the same colorways that initially came out. With its rerelease, we had to sit down with one of its earliest fans to ask some pressing questions.

During our conversation with Mike Carroll, he spoke on early beginnings with leaving DC Shoe Co. to start Lakai Limited Footwear. The risk involved during that time was great, but his ability to throw caution to the wind and follow his intuition generated a company that is now celebrating 16 years in business. The Staple is one of many columns that sits securely atop Lakai’s sturdy foundation and, in recognizing that, this highly anticipated reissue is now available for all to enjoy.


  1. Alraunen

    March 7, 2016 8:33am

    Congrats on your new website! Like it!

  2. Trevor G

    March 7, 2016 1:13pm

    Awesome interview! The new website looks amazing! Keep up the good work!

  3. Mike C

    March 7, 2016 7:39pm

    Website is killer. Worth the wait

  4. Lucas R

    March 8, 2016 2:58pm

    This pro features and kinda of interviews are the best things, keep on, we love it.
    Also greetings from Brazil and congrats on the new website.

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  5. Oliver jao smith

    March 9, 2016 2:29am

    These shoes are one of the reasons Lakai will stay one of my favourite skate shoe brands. Great team and created by skaters for skaters. That sounds so mr advertiser, sorry

  6. silly_butter

    March 9, 2016 10:40am

    they need to get back those cupsole manchesters, I don’t even know why they stopped making them. I bought a pair on eBay from 2006 and they skate amazing, no XLK.

  7. Tom L

    March 11, 2016 2:54am

    Airwalk Enigmas?!?!!? What did the sample of the Embarko look like??? Mike Carroll’s Vans were so good too, especially in the camel, green, black sole colorway

    • Ripped Laces Staff

      June 10, 2016 4:06pm

      According to MC, the Embarko sample was way less clunky than the production version that came out. It skated great & Mike also said that if you want to see the colorway of that shoe that he’s talking about, direct your eyes to his “The Chocolate Tour” part where he’s skating them.