We spent 5.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • The Lakai Evo is budget-friendly.
  • Its running-inspired silhouette surprised plenty of shoppers, who also liked its clean, sporty looks.
  • Many testers highlighted the Evo’s incredible level of comfort and cushioning, saying that your feet will thank you for wearing it.
  • A handful of users appreciated the Memory Foam footbed addition.
  • The Evo is a good example of what “chiller or post-skate shoes” should be, according to several Lakai users.
  • It’s also a perfect sneaker to wear when you’re working on feet all day or night, a few users mentioned.
  • The Evos come in a variety of flashy and toned-down colors—e.g., Black, Lime/Navy, and the “Fully Flared” multi-colorway—which some customers appreciated.
  • Quite a couple of users said that its one-piece multi-woven upper, which is light and breathable, fits the feet nicely.
  • Based on most reviews, the Lakai Evo runs true to size.

1 reasons not to buy

  • One reviewer felt the knit upper to be too thin.

Bottom line

Gathering their pro-skate team, Lakai decided to launch a new footwear category, the After Skate. It aims at delivering the much-needed post-skate session chill and relief. The Lakai Evo kick-starts this line of chillers, priced at only $85 apiece.

Decked in running aesthetics, the Evo sports a Flareknit multi-woven one-piece upper, which stylishly wraps the foot like a sock. It sits atop an arch-supportive foam cupsole with a grippy rubber tread underneath it. Lastly, a premium Memory Foam insole welcomes the foot with a huge dose of chill and comfort.


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The Lakai Evo is available in men’s sizing, which ranges from 5 to 13. Its size chart does not have half sizes.

A lace-up closure fastens the Evo’s singular knit upper construction. It provides the feet with a locked-in, custom fitting. Besides that, its low-top profile lets the ankles exercise a full range of motion to adapt to spontaneous foot transitions.     

While delivering impressive function, the Evo doesn't neglect style, even for a bit. It has the looks of a runner or a trainer, but has that edgy Lakai skate shoe DNA. Made for relaxing after an intense day of skating the streets and parks, the Evo matches any laid-back casual or sporty clothing, such as joggers, sweatpants, shorts, jeans, and the sort.

So sit down, lounge, or walk with these Lakai Evos. These shoes come in wide-ranging colorways—from dark, subtler colors to the bright, flashy ones. Such as Black, Black/Reflective, Pine/Black, Grey/Black, Blue/Purple, Pale Blue Knit, Lime/Navy, Light Grey, and Grey/White.

Its Flareknit upper gives it a stylish athletic appearance, making it a stand-out Lakai model. It’s lightweight and breathable as befits the season the Evo was released, which is spring. Though ideally an after-skate sneaker, the Evo can also be worn for work that requires one to be on his feet all day or all night. It’s built to support the feet and make them relax.

In the late 1990s, a duo of pro skateboarders, Mike Carroll and Rick Howard, decided to impact or change the skate footwear industry by starting their own brand. In 1999, they co-founded Lakai Footwear Limited in California, along with a team of other professional skateboarders. The skate shoe company is under Crailtap Distribution, along with other companies such as Royal Trucks, Fourstar Clothing, Chocolate Skateboards, and Girl Skateboards.

Rich in skateboarding heritage, Lakai had soon put themselves into the map by producing stylish, cost-friendly skate shoes equipped with innovative technologies. The brand does not also shy from branching out as it began a new shoe category, After Skate chillers. The Lakai Evo, a running-inspired sneaker, is the first in line.     

  • Lakai branding is detailed in the footbed, the tongue, sidewall, and outsole tread.
  • Other colorways feature reflective detailing that makes the shoe pop at night.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.