Verdict from +100 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Lakai Riley Hawk 2 skate shoes are exceptionally comfortable, many users say.
  • The sneakers have a “sick” style, several people have noted.
  • These kicks are true to size, plenty of purchasers have mentioned.
  • According to a good number of Lakai Riley Hawk 2 shoe reviews, the arch and heel support is “phenomenal.”
  • A good number of testers like how far up the laces are placed on these sneakers.
  • Riley Hawk 2s are highly skateable shoes that have a break-in time of just around 20 minutes or so, a handful of buyers claim.
  • Some skaters report that the sneakers hold up well even after a month of hard skating.
  • The board feel is excellent, a few customers have said.
  • A handful of consumers are all praises for the slip-on feel of these kicks.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The shoes feel a bit narrow, a few individuals have reported.

Bottom line

Riley Hawk’s second pro shoes with Lakai are comfy kicks with an almost zero break-in period. The sockliners are cushy, supportive of the arches and heels, and have a nice rebound factor. You can skate a lot of drops in these shoes and get away with nary a bruise.

The shoes are tough and will give you several weeks’ worth of hard usage. The extended toe panels go a long way back so there’s no risk of blowing a seam. They also function as both slip-ons and lace-ups, so they’re pretty versatile.

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Good to know

Lakai Riley Hawk 2s are offered in men’s sizing which runs the range from 5 to 14. They’re true to size, but the fit can be a bit narrow. This can change, though, since the suede will break in and stretch a bit to mold to your feet.

The sneakers use gusseted tongues for a laceless feel. Some users have reported that if you plan to wear the shoes only as slip-ons, then go down a half size. If you plan to wear the kicks with laces, then choose your correct sizing. 

The arches and heels are firmly supported by the cushy sockliners, which are thicker in the heels and thinner at the forefoot. The deep heel cups in them serve to keep the feet nicely in place. 

  Lakai Riley Hawk 2 shoes vs. Riley Hawk 1s

If you’ve ever skated Riley’s first pro shoes, you might want to know the difference in fit between the two. The measurement has improved a lot in these second editions as they’re now true to size. The first kicks featured a stiffer suede material and took a much longer time to break in. Lakai Riley Hawk 2 sneakers, meanwhile, are almost comfy out of the box and have a softer, more flexible suede fabric.

Riley Hawk’s second signature shoes feature a low profile and slim construction. The design was kept to a minimum with sleek one-piece toes that go far back. The contrast of texture between the mesh trims on the collars and tongues and the suede or nubuck base is subtle but enticing. Perforation details on the throats give off a low-key stylish vibe. 

Colorways for Lakai Riley Hawk 2s include black/gum, tobacco, navy, charcoal, burgundy, white, and black/white, among others. The main fabric of the uppers (either suede or nubuck) depends on the colorway.

Two of the main reasons why Riley’s second signature shoes are so popular has to do with the sockliners and outsoles. Delux-Lite Sockliners use a premium foam which never packs out over time. These sockliners have deep contours to support your arches and heels fully.

Para-Mount Advanced Density Outsoles are capable of reducing fatigue and absorbing high impacts. Stair sets shouldn’t be a problem with these on your feet.

The rest of the reasons why these are highly-sought after has to do with durability, style, and excellent skateability, which Lakai Riley Hawk 2s have in spades.

Tony Hawk is one of the biggest names in the world of skating and has held that distinction for 30-odd years. It’s no wonder then that his son has chosen to follow in the father’s footsteps. Unlike Tony who’s known for vert skating, Riley is a street skater. He has been with Lakai since 2011 and got his first signature shoes in 2015 which were called Lakai Riley Hawks.

Follow-ups to the first kicks were issued in early 2018. The branding, which was already minimal in Riley’s first kicks, is even more so in these new variations. The hawk graphics on the tongues were replaced with a simple Lakai wordmark. Only the Lakai logos on the sides in a contrasting shade against the tonal base gives a clue to the origin of the shoes.

The perforations which dotted the collars of Riley Hawk 1 shoes were transferred to the throats of Riley Hawk 2s. The eyelets were reduced to two pairs from four, and a heel pull tab was added in. The fit was also enhanced to make the shoes more accurate in measurement.

  Lakai Riley Hawk 2 Motorhead collab

Just a few months after the launch of Lakai Riley Hawks 2 shoes, a collab with English rock band Motorhead was released. The limited-edition collection featured three variations of Riley Hawk 2s, with two in black and one in white.

One of the black colorways featured gold Motorhead wordmarks on the tongues, midsoles, and sockliners of the shoes, while the other had them in white print. The white color scheme, meanwhile, contained Motorhead wordmarks all over the back part of the shoes. 

The online drop sold out almost as quickly as they came out, but some physical stores still had them in stock.

  • Lakai Riley Hawk 2 shoes contain nylon heel tabs for easy on and off. 
  • Each shoe weighs about 453 grams.
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.