Verdict from 35 user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • Lakai Flaco 2 skate shoes are quite sturdy, several people stated, especially with the co-bound suede and rubber underlays in them.
  • The sneakers contain a long-lasting grip, a couple of testers noted.
  • Some reviews of Lakai Flaco 2s mentioned that the sneakers provided good impact protection.
  • There are no problems with these skate kicks losing their shape or flopping out, one person claimed.
  • A few Lakai Flaco 2 wear testers recommended these sneakers for all types of skaters.
  • The shoes have enough built-in support for jumping down sets, one person reported.
  • These are true to size, a handful commented.
  • Lakai Flaco 2s are perfect fitting, according to a small number of people, and these can also accommodate wide feet.
  • There are more than five colorways to choose from for this model from the Lakai brand.

1 reasons not to buy

  • A few users felt that Lakai Flaco 2 skateboarding sneakers are a little stiff as far as vulcanized shoes go.

Bottom line

It’s not often that you get skate shoes that will work with skaters of all types, but here comes Stevie Perez’s second signature model with Lakai and it is as versatile as it gets. The shoes are excellent for any type of skating—street, transitional, and more—and they hold up well. 

The sneakers contain enough cushioning for impact skating, and their grip is exceptional. The uppers are made of strong suede and co-bound, so if you rip through a layer, you still have another layer left.

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Good to know

Lakai Flaco 2s are offered in men’s sizes which range from 5 to 14. The shoes have an average width, but they can accommodate wider feet. These are true to size.

The sockliners contain ample arch support and have deep heel cups that keep the feet nice and centered. Regular flat laces in a six-pair eyelet lacing system keep the fit adjustable.

Just like the first Flaco shoes, these kicks carry a classic skate shoe styling complete with a low profile and minimal design. The simple styling relies on the interplay of texture between canvas and suede, and the contrast of shades between the branding and the mostly tonal uppers. 

This clean, casual design is best paired with jeans, cargo shorts, chinos, and canvas pants. 

Lakai made sure to make these pro shoes from Stevie, aka Flaco, so comfortable and tech advanced that skateboarders won’t hesitate to pick them up. 

Lakai Flaco 2s feature co-bound suede fabric on the high wear areas of the shoes to lessen the risk of blowouts. This means that these areas are reinforced with rubber underlays for added durability, thereby letting you skate these kicks for a long time. 

Delux-Lite sockliners keep the comfort at a high level by providing arch support. Para-Mount outsoles reduce fatigue and absorb impact through the use of dual-density rubber. And the Hex-tread pattern of the soles is designed for 360° flexibility for excellent grip and board feel.

Lakai is the brainchild of two pro skateboarders, Mike Carroll and Rick Howard, in 1999. They wanted to produce skate shoes that any genuine skateboarder would be proud to own. In an industry where many brands capitalize on the skating culture and produce footwear that are more flash than substance, they thought they had a chance.

It turns out that not only did the Lakai brand have a chance, it would also become one of the most recognized skating companies out there. And just like all skate brands, Lakai assembled an excellent team of riders for its skating products. One of the riders includes Stevie Perez.

Stevie Perez has a raw and fresh style that is not often seen. This is not to say his moves are coarse. Rather, he makes any routine look effortless and unrehearsed.

In 2011, Stevie was already riding for Chocolate Skateboards, a company under Girl Distribution which also owns Lakai Footwear. It was only a matter of time before Lakai picked him up for its team. In 2016, Lakai gave Stevie, or Flaco as he is more fondly known (Flaco is Spanish for slim), his first signature pro shoes. 

Lakai Flaco skate shoes were built just as hardy as their namesake. The design is clean and inspired by a classic, the Howard Select model, which came out in 2006.

The second edition of the Flacos, Lakai Flaco 2s, came out in the first half of 2019.

  Lakai Flaco 2 vs. Lakai Flaco

There are a few key differences between the two Flaco shoes. For the Flaco 2s, Lakai added tongue stabilizers to keep the tongues centered instead of moving around inside. The ventilation holes at the sides were removed, and the eyestays were made to blend in with the rest of the uppers as opposed to the more prominent layout of the first Flacos.

The newer version dropped the Luxe-Lite insoles of Flaco 1s and instead used Delux-Lite sockliners. Para-Mount technology was also applied to the vulcanized soles for better impact absorption, and the chevron tread pattern of the old was dropped in favor of hexagon-shaped ones.

  • Lakai Flaco 2 shoes are offered in tobacco suede, black/gum suede, navy suede, red canvas, glaboe, and black suede colorways.
  • Each shoe weighs about 453 grams.
  • With the exception of the red canvas colorway, the shoes are mostly covered with suede with only the quarter panels in canvas.
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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.