Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • The Lakai Porter is very budget-friendly.
  • Nearly all the reviewers dig its simple, clean, and fresh-looking design.
  • Its level of comfort proves superb, according to most testers.
  • A few skaters commend the Porter’s flexibility, board feel and grip, which make it suitable for technical ledge skateboarding.
  • One reviewer like that the laces were set up pretty high and the seams set far back as that kept them away from the flick and rip-and-wear areas.
  • Quite a few Lakai first-timers feel happy to have started with the Porter.
  • The Porter breaks in nicely, a user remarks.
  • It has a cushy heel area, a reviewer notes.
  • Some buyers regard the Porter as a fantastic showcase from Lakai.   

5 reasons not to buy

  • A fair number of customers agree that the Porter runs small and suggest going up half a size.
  • The metal eyelets began pulling out after a few skate sessions, base on a review. 
  • Some wearers report that the canvas upper is difficult to keep clean as it also gets discolored when wet.
  • A few skaters mention the Porter needs more arch support.
  • The collar and tongue are thinly padded, a reviewer points out.  

Bottom line

Based off the Lakai favorite Griffin, the Porter is a freshly polished silhouette. It rides with a cleaner, slimmer, and more seamless upper construction than other Lakai shoes. Aiming to be more minimalistic, the Porter sports an embroidered Flare logo on its sidewalls and settles atop a white midsole.

With its candid, plain styling, the Porter is perfect for those silent skaters who want their tricks to do all the talking. It has a trustworthy level of comfort, board feel, and grip. Lastly, the Lakai Porter sits friendly at $58.

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Good to know

The Lakai Porter shoes are available in men’s sizing. Men can choose from sizes 5 to 14. Women’s sizes are offered as well. Also, it helps to keep in mind that these Porters reportedly runs small, a half size smaller.

The Porter is a low-top sneaker, so it does not restrict ankle motion. Such feature lets the wearer adapt to sudden or random foot transitions. A lace-up closure fastens up the Porter and locks the foot in with a personalized fit.

Since these Porters look so smooth and easy on the eyes, anyone can dress them up effortlessly with a wide range of everyday casual staples. With these Porters, one can never go wrong with a pair of classic denims, be it slim-fit, regular, light-washed, or ripped. A key finisher to this street-wise look is a plaid flannel shirt or a hoodie.

The Porters are available in a variety of colorways to help you match them up with your style: White, Black, Grey Suede, Navy, Beige, Charcoal, and more. Depending on the colorway, the shoe one chooses may be in suede, canvas, or vegan materials.

Though not having much in terms of technical features, the Porter has quite the gift of keeping things smooth and simple with its to-the-point design. Its classic vulcanized low-profile build delivers the skating essentials: grip, board feel, flexibility, comfort, and cushioning.

Behind Lakai is the tale of two skateboarders—Mike Carroll and Rick Howard—who dedicated themselves to impact the skateboarding world by starting their own skate shoe company. That was Lakai Limited Footwear, launched in California in 1999.

Together, they built a team, comprised of designers and pro-skaters, to produce skate shoes genuinely rooted in its heritage. Among which they created is the Lakai Porter, which bears unmistakable marks of a genuine Lakai skate shoe.

  • A full-length EVA insole spreads underfoot to provide instant step-in comfort.
  • Its gum outsole features a herringbone pattern for excellent traction.
  • Lakai branding is detailed in the sidewall, tongue, insole, heel, and outsole tread.


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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.