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    Low Top

    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

    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.

    High Top

    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.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    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.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    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.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    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.

  • Price
    $90
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The Lakai Proto is available in men’s sizes ranging from 5 to 13. It runs on a traditional lace-up closure that makes for a custom fitting. Strapped underneath the eyelets, a set of hidden loops provides an option to protect the laces when knee-sliding the vert ramp. The tongue also has loops wherein laces can run through. Moreover, the Proto has a low-top profile, which allows the wearer to have full ankle mobility.

Superb in its function, the Lakai Proto also excels in style. It carries three decades’ worth of heritage filled with daring kickflips and laid-back, gritty styling. Anyone can pull off that rebellious skater look with these Protos. Dress these kicks in tattered and torn jeans or cargo shorts, topped with a plain tee or hoodie.

Keep it simple and do not overthink. Keep in mind that the Proto is a skate shoe, and thus it’s at home in the streets. This model is available in a set of groovy colorways such as White/Black, Black/Grey, Black, White/White, and White/Red/Black.

Its heavily paneled leather upper, overlaid with suede, makes it a catchy, fashionable silhouette, reminiscent of the Air Jordans and the Airwalk Prototypes, which began to spring out in the late ’80s and throughout the ’90s. Furthermore, its all-new XLK hex-tread outsole offers a 360-degree multidirectional grip, and its Deluxe-Lite sock liner has a deeply contoured heel and arch for a more comfortable stride.

A pair of pro skateboarders, Mike Carroll and Rick Howard, founded Lakai in California in 1999. Since then, Lakai became a recognizable brand in terms of style and function and got commercial success. Lakai pioneered innovative technologies as well as churned out fresh silhouettes which catered to any and every skater while paying homage to the rich history of extreme sport.

The Proto is Tony Hawk’s first Lakai model shoe, a tribute to the legendary skater’s career and impact on the skateboarding sport, lifestyle, and culture.  

  • Lakai branding is detailed on the sidewall, tongue, midsole, and outsole tread.
  • The tongue and heel area are stitched with loops to aid on-and-offs, especially when on the go.

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