Verdict from 91 user reviews

12 reasons to buy

  • The Lakai Fremont is budget-friendly.
  • Its sick and stylish silhouette urged a handful of skaters to grab another pair for casual use.
  • It delivered lots of comfort and support, impressing many testers.
  • Most skaters expressed that the Fremont’s flicking felt good and the rubber underlay reinforced the vamp area against wear and blowouts.
  • Though a cupsole model, it is lightweight, flexible, and has a decent amount of board feel, some reviewers noted.
  • Several users were surprised at how well both the upper and outsole held up through a series of long, harsh skate sessions.
  • A few skaters commended its grippy flex outsole grooves.
  • The neoprene collar gave it a comfortable slip-on fit, according to a couple of wearers.
  • It has quite a roomy toe box, some customers mentioned.
  • The perforations made the Fremont well ventilated, one reviewer pointed out.
  • A lot of customers mentioned grabbing more pairs of Fremonts in the future.
  • The Lakai Fremont runs true to size, based on general reviews.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Its outsole tread is prone to gathering pebbles, like “a serious pebble magnet,” a few users observed.
  • The heel area felt a bit loose and didn’t lock the heel in, two skaters reported.
  • Some wide-footed users said that the Fremont felt tight on the sides for the first couple of wears.
  • A user reported that the eyelets pull through on both sides when he pulled the shoe strings to improve the fit.

Bottom line

Lakai deepens their premiere XLK category with the classic-looking Fremont—a skate shoe which uses technology found in running footwear. Its perforated suede upper features a slip-on neoprene collar, a CO-BOUND rubber underlay reinforces its vamp area, and molded insole welcomes the feet.

All this settles atop a supportive dual-piece cupsole, which comprises of a rubber and a high-density EVA foam midsole. Underneath that is the XLK outsole with grippy flex grooves. Priced at $75 apiece, the Fremont packs many solid punches and does all that with such exquisite style.

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Good to know

The Lakai Fremont is available in men’s sizes ranging from 8 to 12 (with half sizes). Though it uses a lace-up closure to tighten or loosen the fit, the Fremont has a neoprene collar which provides a snug, slip-on entry. Also, its low-top construction does not hinder ankle motion, letting the wearer quickly adapt to foot transitions.

As a skate design, this Fremont matches a laid-back, casual, street style. The likes of slim-fit jeans, khaki pants or shorts, chinos, or even joggers go along with the Fremont. Just top it off with a tee, sweater, or hoodie, and you’re good to hit the streets.  

These Fremont shoes are offered in a variety of colorways to suit your style. Options include Royal/Gum, Navy Blue, Black Suede/Grey, Grey/Charcoal, Red Port Mesh, and more. Depending on the colorway, the Fremont features a suede or mesh upper.

The Fremont’s entire toe panel is reinforced from underneath by a thin layer of CO-BOUND rubber, which is designed to make the wearer feel free with how many flicks he can make in a day. Also, Fremont’s shape itself essentially improves board flicking.

The idea behind Lakai’s XLK category is to produce a cupsole that is lightweight and flexible but with improved structural integrity. Lakai successfully did this by sculpting the sole’s wall, tread, and flex zones; ridding rubber in areas where it’s not needed; and using a meticulous mix of rubber compounds.

These XLK cupsoles are identified through their unique badges found in the sock liner and outsole. The Fremont proudly bears those marks and continues the Lakai XLK heritage.

  • The molded insole is made of LUX-LITE, a breathable foam compound that delivers long-lasting comfort that never packs out.
  • Lakai and XLK logos are branded in the tongue, sidewall, insole, 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.