Verdict from 85 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Overall, the Lakai Owen is among the great slip-on skate shoes according to many reviewers.
  • Compared to Vans and Janoski slip-on sneakers, this skate shoe offers a snug fit perfect for performing flicks, noted by a few.
  • Several wearers stated that it is a comfortable sneaker. 
  • The Lakai Owen has a vulcanized outsole that is remarkably flexible as well as provides excellent grip and board feel. 
  • A few skateboarders tested that this shoe offers no heel slippage when performing flips and tricks.
  • It is among the Lakai shoes that have an eye-catching design, as praised by several customers. 
  • Some users attested that this sneaker holds well. 
  • The Lakai Owen is offered in a variety of different colorways.
  • Among the Lakai skate footwear, it has a budget-friendly price tag

2 reasons not to buy

  • Several purchasers said that Lakai Owen fits a bit larger than expected.
  • The toe area fits a tad narrow, as muttered by several wearers.

Bottom line

With the Lakai Owen, you can forget about the laces and worry no more of having ripped ones. It has been remastered several times to create a more fantastic skating experience. With the improved and durable midsole, it offers excellent board feel as well as protection for heavy landings.

Whether you’re skating or just chilling, this low-top shoe promises to deliver all-day comfort. Apart from comfort and performance, it offers a straightforward yet eye-catching design. All these are offered in a sneaker that will not break one’s pocket.

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Good to know

Among the skateboarding shoes from Lakai, the low-top Owen is available in men’s sizing ranges from 5 to 13 US. Half sizes are also available. With the slip on silhouette, it has elastic gore on the sides ensuring a snug fit without the need of tying laces. 

The Lakai Owen has a canvas lining on the collar that offers support and comfort. The ultra-fitted suede upper with perforations detailing keeps the foot fresh and dry. It has footbed with breathable foam compound, delivering superior comfort.

A skate-tested slip-on sneaker, the Lakai Owen VLK has a straightforward design that can sophisticatedly rock your style. It has a classic silhouette that receives modern vulcanization. The stitched toe with perforations detailing add style to its overall look. 

This laceless shoe is an excellent match to different casual outfits, even business attire. It is available in various colorways including Black, Stone, Light Blue, and Mandarin.

Say goodbye to complicated lacing and unlacing of shoes with the low-top Lakai Owen VLK. This slip on is equipped with the crated midsole with the Lux-Lite insole, providing increased support with uncompromised flexibility and extreme comfort and cushioning.

With the radial edge, it offers excellent board feel coming from the vulcanized shoe while getting the performance from a cupsole one. Also, this shoe provides improved heel stability.

Initially released in the Fall of 2014, the Lakai Owen has been remastered multiple times as it continues to deliver improved skateboarding experience. It was initially set out to be the most skate-friendly slip-on sneaker but later transcends to strictly a skateboarding shoe.

It has an all-suede upper that can combat the rigor of everyday use as well as create fresh foot climate. With the crafted midsole combined with the Lux-Lite insole, this shoe offers flexibility, cushioning, and comfort. The rubber outsole Also, it has a vulcanized construction that delivers excellent board feel. 

  • Lakai Owen has a removable insole. 
  • It has nylon webbed hits on the heel and tongue. 
  • The VLK performance gives superior board feel and flexibility. 
  • The pull tab is seen on the tongue.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.