Lakai’s Fura model is offered to men in sizes ranging from 5 to 14. The fit is supposedly average while the sizing is accurate. And if it feels a little too snug at first, regular use should stretch the fabric enough to adapt to your feet. So no need to size up or down, these kicks should fit you just right.
The shoes are amply padded on the collars and tongues, but there’s just minimal padding on the soles, and the footbeds are not arch supportive. The insoles are removable should you wish to use your own custom inserts.
These kicks have a classic, old-school type of look which is characterized by their minimal design. The one-piece toes, heels, eyestays, and ollie areas are made of durable suede while the sides and tongues of the shoes are made of canvas. (In some editions, the shoes are all canvas)
The shoes can be worn with hoodies and cropped trousers. You may also don a polo shirt and chinos for days when you need to transition from workwear to skatewear and vice versa.
Lakai Furas come in brown gum, white/blue, and black/cyan. There’s also black suede, port suede, and chocolate suede Lakai Fura colorways.
The Fura model has minimalist characteristics that somehow work to set the shoes apart. The colorways, while neutral, were all selected for their rich and deep tones. Lakai set out to create a basic model that would still carry a distinctive flavor, and they succeeded.
The sneakers combine function, style, and comfort flawlessly. The ollie area is reinforced with suede, so the shoes don’t blow out quickly. The fully-padded tongues keep the foot protected from the board while the vulcanized construction gives excellent board feel. And because they’re so durable, the soles can take on a lot of beating even when used for mostly a pushing type of skating.
Back in 1993, pro skateboarders Mike Carroll and Rick Howard kicked around the idea of founding their own company of skate shoes. It wasn’t yet the right time, though, and they were afraid of taking a risk.
When 1999 rolled around, the idea that began taking root six years ago went full bloom. Lakai was launched. It drew a lot of skateboarders to it—people who needed the genuine article when it comes to skating and not commercialized and hyped sneakers that don’t really perform well.
Many of their shoes were no-frills. All built along the idea that a skate shoe must function well for its purpose and not rely on style alone. Lakai Fura shoes were constructed just like this. The design is very simplistic and straightforward—an obvious sign that these kicks mean business.
- Lakai Fura sneakers were released in the year 2013.