Agenda Sneak Peek: Lakai FA’16 – Part 1

Lakai Flaco

Stevie Perez’s first pro model, the Flaco.

Despite some personnel shake-ups in late 2015, Lakai’s new line is looking stronger than ever.

First things first: Trunk Boyz alumnus and current GX1000er Stevie Perez is back on the scene with The Flaco, his inaugural pro model. The Flaco bears a passing resemblance to the Guy Mariano model of seasons past, but with some key differences.

First, forget a rubber toe cap: the Flaco includes a rubber ollie pad hidden beneath the suede sidewalls for enhanced durability. Like the Guy, The Flaco features a new last for Lakai vulcanized models, with a herringbone tread pattern and a primo pad in the middle to increase support.

Finally, out of all the models featured, the Flaco has the narrowest sole. Expect this shoe to result in some proper kickflips. The Flaco will be available in cream suede, black suede, grey canvas, or a special Chocolate edition midnight suede.

The high top version of a favorite. ??????

A high top version of a favorite, Lakai Fura High.

For those of you with perennial ankle issues, Lakai presents the Fura High. Like its predecessor, the Fura High has suede toepanels and a canvas heel area, but with the additional support of a high-top collar, notched to allow for a greater range of motion, and a huge logo. The Fura High will be available in black/grey suede and a weather treated black oiled suede. To those of you partial to the OG Fura, don’t fret; this hightop version is available in addition to, rather than in place of, the original.

Lakai-Griffin

The classic Griffin, available in tobacco, grey/navy & grey/gum.

Also here to stay are (both the Griffin and the Griffin XLK ) dual styles of the Griffin. We discussed the difference between the two models in a previous Agenda Sneak Peek, but in case you missed it: The original model was upgraded with a herringbone tread and a thicker XLK midsole. Both the vulcanized and XLK models are available in a classic black/white suede colorway, a handsome navy blue/white suede colorway, and a grey/gum colorway (canvas for the vulcanized model, suede for the XLK model). Additional colorways of the original Griffin are available, as well.

Lakai-Salford-Overview

Taking designs hints from soccer shoes and dress shoes alike, the Salford will accommodate any look.

And finally, we reach the Salford. This Danny Brady-endorsed shoe is easily the pick of the litter this season. Designers tweaked the classic Manchester silhouette to create a longer shoe with a pointier toe. The original Manchester cupsole was swapped for the same vulcanized sole used on the Flacos (hopefully this information will silence the Slap message boards on the matter). The padded collar will keep your heel firmly in place, while the VHS print on the insoles will prevent heel bruise (and keep you nostalgic). A subtle logo on the sidewall ties the whole shoe together. The Salford comes in two colorways: black suede for the streets, and white leather for the club.

Part 2, coming soon. Other Agenda Sneak Peek articles.

Comments

  1. Sam Thomas

    April 28, 2016 4:01pm

    The Salford has a Suciu ADV vibe going on.

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  2. Joel

    April 28, 2016 4:21pm

    Kinda does! Bit of adidas influence going on there. Looks sick, though!

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  3. skateboardingdied

    April 28, 2016 6:55pm

    just give me the og manchester

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  4. Ethan

    April 29, 2016 1:00pm

    Some interesting lines in the Flaco – it’ll be rad how they play around with them in the future with switching up colors and materials. Thanks for the share, guys

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  5. tomiosrad

    April 29, 2016 3:46pm

    Flaco looks like the Rowley, Salford the Adidas Suciu. Not very unique though I have always thought Lakai was boring or cheap. The only shoe I really liked was the Rick Howard Select and the OG Manchester vulc. Maybe the Koston remake but those were shit colors. The Griffin and the Hawk are the best shoes and pretty much it is just the soles.

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  6. eddie

    April 29, 2016 9:46pm

    What ever happen to Jesus Fernandez pro model, I remember seeing it in a catalog, around the same time the griffin xlk came out

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    • Swash

      May 2, 2016 8:02pm

      The Madrid! Yeah, what happened with that? Right around the time they switched to a deferent factory, but new factory couldn’t replicate the cupsoles they were releasing… That might have something to do with it?

    • eddie

      May 4, 2016 5:28am

      Yeah the Madrid, that’s what they’re called. Those look like they would skate great. I saw a pair on eBay for $72, but they’re just samples. It’s a shame really, it is like the éS Killen James all over again lol.

  7. Chris

    May 1, 2016 1:39pm

    Fura👍🏼. Its nice to see a high top, suede, vulc, without a rubber toe. I don’t want to skate sk8-his anymore, and I just can’t get behind Supra all of the way. Still waiting on a Reynolds high vulc.

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  8. BRUCE

    May 2, 2016 3:24pm

    they should release the Stevie Perez shoe in 2 models. one with a toe cap and one without.

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  9. Justin

    May 3, 2016 3:27am

    That tobacco Griffin looks hard as hell. Anybody ever skated the Griffins by any chance? Good shoe, so-so,etc.?

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    • Aeden

      May 5, 2016 11:25am

      Yeah man I had a pair of Griffins last year! Great shoe, I ended up swapping the insole out with the ones from some Huf Ramondetta pros because they felt a bit thin, granted I had just skated 3 or 4 cupsoles in a row before them so I wasn’t used to the vulc life haha. But don’t let that turn you away from em, that was just personal preference. They performed great, looked fly, and held up pretty well. Super comfy once they break in after a session or two. Try them out!

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