Size and fit

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.

Lakai Proto Style

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.

Notable Features

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.

Lakai Proto History

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.  

Additional Info

  • 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.

Facts / Specs

Top: Low
Inspired from: Skate
Colorways: Black / Red / Grey / Blue
SKUs: 1190120100 / 1190120BKGRS / 2190120BLKSD / 2190120WHWHS / 3190120BKTLS / 3190120BLKSD / 3190120REDSD / 4190120GRBKS / 4190120NARES

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Danny McLoughlin

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