Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.
Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.
Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.
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Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.
Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.
Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.
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Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.
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Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.
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Lakai Flaco 2s are offered in men’s sizes which range from 5 to 14. The shoes have an average width, but they can accommodate wider feet. These are true to size.
The sockliners contain ample arch support and have deep heel cups that keep the feet nice and centered. Regular flat laces in a six-pair eyelet lacing system keep the fit adjustable.
Just like the first Flaco shoes, these kicks carry a classic skate shoe styling complete with a low profile and minimal design. The simple styling relies on the interplay of texture between canvas and suede, and the contrast of shades between the branding and the mostly tonal uppers.
This clean, casual design is best paired with jeans, cargo shorts, chinos, and canvas pants.
Lakai made sure to make these pro shoes from Stevie, aka Flaco, so comfortable and tech advanced that skateboarders won’t hesitate to pick them up.
Lakai Flaco 2s feature co-bound suede fabric on the high wear areas of the shoes to lessen the risk of blowouts. This means that these areas are reinforced with rubber underlays for added durability, thereby letting you skate these kicks for a long time.
Delux-Lite sockliners keep the comfort at a high level by providing arch support. Para-Mount outsoles reduce fatigue and absorb impact through the use of dual-density rubber. And the Hex-tread pattern of the soles is designed for 360° flexibility for excellent grip and board feel.
Lakai is the brainchild of two pro skateboarders, Mike Carroll and Rick Howard, in 1999. They wanted to produce skate shoes that any genuine skateboarder would be proud to own. In an industry where many brands capitalize on the skating culture and produce footwear that are more flash than substance, they thought they had a chance.
It turns out that not only did the Lakai brand have a chance, it would also become one of the most recognized skating companies out there. And just like all skate brands, Lakai assembled an excellent team of riders for its skating products. One of the riders includes Stevie Perez.
Stevie Perez has a raw and fresh style that is not often seen. This is not to say his moves are coarse. Rather, he makes any routine look effortless and unrehearsed.
In 2011, Stevie was already riding for Chocolate Skateboards, a company under Girl Distribution which also owns Lakai Footwear. It was only a matter of time before Lakai picked him up for its team. In 2016, Lakai gave Stevie, or Flaco as he is more fondly known (Flaco is Spanish for slim), his first signature pro shoes.
Lakai Flaco skate shoes were built just as hardy as their namesake. The design is clean and inspired by a classic, the Howard Select model, which came out in 2006.
The second edition of the Flacos, Lakai Flaco 2s, came out in the first half of 2019.
Lakai Flaco 2 vs. Lakai Flaco
There are a few key differences between the two Flaco shoes. For the Flaco 2s, Lakai added tongue stabilizers to keep the tongues centered instead of moving around inside. The ventilation holes at the sides were removed, and the eyestays were made to blend in with the rest of the uppers as opposed to the more prominent layout of the first Flacos.
The newer version dropped the Luxe-Lite insoles of Flaco 1s and instead used Delux-Lite sockliners. Para-Mount technology was also applied to the vulcanized soles for better impact absorption, and the chevron tread pattern of the old was dropped in favor of hexagon-shaped ones.
- Lakai Flaco 2 shoes are offered in tobacco suede, black/gum suede, navy suede, red canvas, glaboe, and black suede colorways.
- Each shoe weighs about 453 grams.
- With the exception of the red canvas colorway, the shoes are mostly covered with suede with only the quarter panels in canvas.