After some unfortunate departures late in 2015, Lakai is pushing forward with one of their strongest catalogs in recent memory. We discussed their newest pro models earlier this spring; now, let’s focus on their core models, as well as a new addition to the line.
Two years deep, the MJ has become quite a staple (no pun intended) in the Lakai line, and we can see why: the shoe is a minimal, low-cut, vulcanized model with a seamless toe that any skateboarder can appreciate. For whatever reason, Lakai seems to be playing it safe with the MJ for fall of 2016. The suede version of the shoe is available in black with a white sole and mahogany with a white sole, while the canvas MJs can be found in a navy herringbone pattern with a white sole and a tweed herringbone pattern with a white sole, adding a touch of class to the broke skateboarder’s closet.
The Fremont is Lakai’s tech model this season, harkening back to the Pacer of 2013. This low-cut cupsole is highly flexible and skates great right out of the box, thanks to a lightweight and grippy XLK sole that will protect your heels while keeping your foot from slipping all over the griptape. The perforated toe is reinforced with a thin layer of rubber, improving your flick and increasing the shoe’s overall lifespan, while the sole is infused with compression-molded EVA foam, to keep you jumping down gaps well into the night. A snug softliner with slip-on style entry will keep you from worrying about breaking laces. As a final touch, the flair is 3D-printed onto the shoe, so you won’t see it fray and fly off after a week of skating. The Fremont is pictured here in a plain-Jane black colorway, and a fantastic bone/white/gum colorway. A black mesh version is also available, in case you feel like repping Lakai off the board.
Also an established favorite in the Lakai line is the Owen, a classic slip-on with a sticky, vulcanized sole. This fall, expect an all-suede toe on the Owen, constituting what may be the first known instance of #RemovalOfTheRubberToeCap. The Owen will be available in an off-white with a gum sole and a traditional black suede with a white sole for fall 2016, a striking shift from the all-pastel colorways we saw last year.
Finally, we come to Riley Hawk’s pro model, simply titled the Riley. Like its namesake, the Riley is of classic origins, with a touch of modern styling to resonate with the modern skateboarder. The shoe is a beefed-up slip-on with laces and an enhanced collar to prevent heel slip. A LuxLite insole will keep your feet, back and knees intact through the shoe’s lifespan, and the vulcanized sole (complete with Lakai’s famous herringbone tread pattern) provides excellent traction and grip. Some 1970’s jam-rock inspired branding on the heel really ties the room shoe together. The Riley is available this fall in the ever-popular black suede with a gum sole and a grey suede with brown branding, as well as an indigo suede and a burgundy canvas. Wear them together for that patriotic look.